The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) proudly announces that Thailand has successfully added Five New National Parks in the country between the years 2016 to 2019. This was achieved under the reign of King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun (King Rama X). Done in alignment with Thailand’s 20-Year National Strategic Plan, they target increasing the forest area to 55% of the whole country by the year 2037.
Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of TAT said “Part of the work to increase the forest area as well as forestry conservation is by the national park system under three key mandates, which are environmental conservation, research and recreational development.”
Thailand currently has 133 national parks. Established in 1962, Khao Yai National Park is the country’s first while Tham Sa Koen National Park is the last one to be made under the rule of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Thailand has efficiently extended greenery across the entire nation. Between 2016 and 2019, the country has expanded a total of 331,952 rai (53,120 hectares) to its national park system as additional forest area. This brings the total forested land in Thailand to over 102,488 million rai, which is 31.68% of the total area of the country.
In the coming years, 22 more national parks are going to be established, including 11 marine national parks and 11 land national parks. This would add up to 44 million rai, that is 13% of all area nationwide.
Thai government has set a great example in turning their nation into a green land and every country can take inspiration from their 20-year national strategic plan.