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The Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation have postponed the rise in entrance fees to 29 popular national parks including the Similan Islands and Surin Islands until 1 January 2013 following complaints from many tour operators.

Tour operators claim that not enough advance notice had been given plus no adequate reason for the rise in park entrance fees.

As in previous years it will cost 400 THB to enter the Similan or Surin Island National Park with an additional fee of 200 THB per person, per day to dive in the park until the end of the year.

There maybe a further postponement until October 2013 states a reliable source within the Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.