National parks nationwide to get major facelift


BANGKOK, 7 March 2013  The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) has set plans to improve national parks across the country with a budget of 100 million baht in hopes of generating income of over two trillion baht a year from tourists. 

Director-General of the DNP Monophat Huamuangkaew said the budget of 100 million baht would be spent on renovating accommodation and facilities in the national parks so that they would be cleaner and appear more pleasant to visitors. Three national parks where the renovation project will be piloted are Khao Yai in Nakhon Ratchasima, Khao Laem-Samet Islands in Rayong and Doi Inthanon in Chiang Mai.

Apart from attracting tourists, the project is also aimed at making the three national parks greener by prohibiting personal vehicles from traveling inside the parks and providing electric trolley services to prevent air pollution.

As for other national parks near Bangkok, more wild animals raised by the department will be released into the parks in a bid to increase their populations in the wild and attract tourists from Bangkok.