New Rules & Regulations for 2015/16 Travel Season

Similan rules Oct 2015On 6th of October the Similan National Park Head Office in Thap Lamu has announced the new rules & operating regulations for the upcoming 2015/17 season.

Also new strict operating and monitoring regulations for Similan tour operators have been introduced by the Park Authorities. The main beaches are beeing divided in “traffic zones” and swimming designated areas, clearly visible via floating line markers.

  • Tour operators are responsible for not letting guests enter the water at the traffic zones of the beaches.
  • All park visitors have to take a lifejacket with them, when they enter the water at the designated snorkel sites away from the beaches.
Designated swimming zone at Island #8 Designated swimming zone at Island #8

Tour operators & guides are responsible for imposing the National Park rules. A new 100-Point monitoring system for Tour Operators has been announced, to account for every violation by their respecting guests. The Park Head Office wants to publish the results of this seasons company monitoring. After a certain amount of violations tour operators might be revoked their operating license.

Similan National Park Rules as of 7th October 2015:

ลำดับ No. SIMILAN NATIONAL PARK ข้อห้าม (Rules) บทกำหนดโทษ (Punishment)
ปรับ (บาท) Fine (THB) จำคุก (ปี) Imprisonment (Year)
1 ห้ามเก็บหิน, ทราย, ปะการัง, เปลือกหอย Do not remove rocks, sand, corals, shells or any other natural resources from the National Park. 500-20,000 5
2 ห้ามเก็บพันธุ์ไม้, กล้วยไม้, ใบไม้, ผลไม้ / Do not remove leaves, seeds, fruits, flora of fauna from the National Park. 500 01.05.20
3 ห้ามนำสัตว์เลี้ยงและพืชพันธุ์ต่างๆเข้ามาในเขตอุทยานฯ / Do not bring animals, flora or fauna into the park area. 500
4 ห้ามขีดเขียนในที่ต่างๆ / Do not deface or alter in any way signage, walls, vegetation, rocks or any other surfaces. 500
5 ห้ามยิงปืน, จุดประทัด, จุดวัตถุระเบิด / The use of firearms, explosives or fireworks is prohibited. 500
6 ห้ามพกพาอาวุธ / Do not carry weapons within the park area. 500
7 ห้ามล่าสัตว์ / Do not touch, trap or disturb wildlife within the park area. 500 – 20,000 5 – 20
8 ห้ามให้อาหารสัตว์ / Do not feed the wildlife. 500
9 ห้ามส่งเสียงดัง / Do not make excessive noise that will disturb wildlife or other people. 500
10 ห้ามทิ้งขยะ / No littering 500
11 ไม่เชื่อฟังเจ้าหน้าที่ / Obey and take heed to all instructions given by National Park Staff. 1 ไม่เกิน 1 เดือน Up to 1 Month