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Parks chief rejects lower Phi Phi entry fee

Tourists disembark from boats on the renowned Maya Bay in Phi Phi Marine National Park. (Bangkok Post file photo)

KRABI -- The national parks chief on Wednesday brushed aside demands from boat operators at the Hat Nopparat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi Marine National Park to reduce admission fees for foreign visitors which they blame for a drop in tourist arrivals and lowered income.

The operators want the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department to bring down the entrance fees to the marine park for foreign adults from 400 to 200 baht and for foreign children from 200 to 100 baht.

The fees came into effect in late 2007. Thai adult visitors are charged 40 baht and children 20 baht to enter the park.  

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