Phuket’s natural attractions welcome limited numbers of tourists as island reopens Thursday

Four natural attractions in Phuket, under supervision of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, began welcoming limited numbers of tourists today (Thursday), as the resort island reopened to fully vaccinated foreign tourists and Thai returnees without entering a quarantine.

They include Sirinat National Park, which can accommodate no more than 200 people a day on Nai Yang beach, Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife Sanctuary, which limits tourists to 150 a day, Khao Toh Sae Viewpoint and Jungle Reserve, and Phuket Aquarium, which can welcome a maximum of 1,000 visitors a day.

The attractions have all received SHA+ certification, said the ministry’s spokesperson Pinsak Surasawadee.

Hua Laem – Ao Por of Layan beach and Mai Khao beach are limiting tourists to 100 per day.

The attractions have been cleaned and sanitised, with rubbish bins being emptied and wastewater being disposed of twice a day. Park officials must wear face masks at all times, despite being fully vaccinated, as well as prepare first-aid equipment for visitors, said Mr. Pinsak.

Tourists are allowed to swim at the waterfalls. Plastic bags will not be given out at the aquarium and tourists must separate the rubbish.


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