Srinagarindra National Park in Kanchanaburi has lifted a ban on foreigners entering the grounds following an online backlash when they posted a picture on their Facebook page reading “open to Thais only.”
To celebrate opening again for the public, Srinagarindra National Park posted on their Facebook page telling potential visitors to “get ready” as the park would open for tourism again on July 1st.
However, the image accompanying the post, which featured QR codes for booking a visit to the park, also read “now not open for foreigners.”
The post was flagged by travel blogger Richard Barrow on his Twitter account, leading to hundreds of negative comments being left on the park’s Facebook post and review section.
During the #COVID19 pandemic in #Thailand we have seen banks and shops refusing foreign customers, temples, buses and even whole provinces banning entry to foreigners. The latest is Sri Nakarin Dam National Park in Kanchanaburi province.— Richard Barrow 🇹🇭🇬🇧 (@RichardBarrow) June 16, 2020
FOR THAI PEOPLE ONLY >> เฉพาะชาวไทย << https://t.co/VSbS7UndRC
Shortly afterward, the post was updated with a new image that excluded the banning of foreigners, and officials have confirmed that everyone is welcome to enter the national park.
The Chief of National Parks Department, Thanya Netithamkul, also confirmed that there is no government policy restricting or banning foreigner access to any national park across Thailand.
However, everyone – both Thais and foreigners – must comply with health regulations and register online before and during their visit.