Some media reports this week claiming that the Department of National Parks has “quietly” introduced higher fees for tourists visiting the Phi Phi Islands, are incorrect.
During the early days of reopening to marine tourism in the region, the local marine national parks officials dropped the daily entry fee for foreign tourists to 50% of their earlier rate.
Specifically, the Phi Phi National Park provided a discounted national park entry fee during the closure of Maya Bay, from 400 Thai baht per adult foreigner, down to 200 baht per adult foreigner. It was communicated to tourism operators at the time that this was as a way to help stimulate the rebuilding of their tour businesses.
Operators were informed that when Maya Bay reopened (on October 1, after being closed for two months) this reduced fee would revert back to the 400 baht, per foreign adult and 200 baht per child foreigner. To be clear, this is NOT an increase on pre-covid rates, it is exactly the same.
The entry fees for Koh Ha / Koh Rok / Similan / Surin are all in line with what was paid before the Covid era, and also in line with what was paid during the last open season. They are not new fees.
One article gave the impression that these are some sort of sly price increase when, in fact, they are just reverting to the earlier costs before the local national parks offered a discount in the early days of tourism reopening.
The fees do not apply to Thai visitors, neither before or now.