By Thai Visa
The Cabinet had approved the creation of the committee. Relevant persons as well as Thai and foreign experts in cave exploration were mobilised to prepare a database by categorising more than 5,000 caves. About 3,000 caves have been clearly defined and most of them are in the North. All caves will be systemised for comprehensive management.
The operation is divided into three phases – of four years, 10 years and 20 years. Once completed, it will benefit the natural resources. The relevant authorities will also preserve, restore and take care of the caves and prevent them from being destroyed by humans. Some caves will be developed for ecotourism to generate income for the community. The cave exploration also helps prevent dangers inside the cave. If a risk point is found, the authorities will prohibit people from entering the area to prevent accidents.
Most people and tourists have begun to be more interested in caves after the Tham Luang-Khun Nam Nang Non episode. Exploring and developing suitable caves into tourist attractions are seen as a way to distribute income to the community and reduce congestion at popular tourist attractions. Importantly, it is also seen as upgrading ecotourism by respecting the rules of that tourist attraction before experiencing the beauty inside the cave.