Six national parks to start e-ticketing from Saturday in pilot project
Six national parks will test e-ticketing from Saturday as an alternative to cash for tourists to pay entry fees, the Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation announced on Monday.
The department said the e-tickets would be issued at Ao Phang Nga National Park, the Mu Ko Similan National Park, Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park, Khao Yai National Park, Doi Inthanon National Park and Erawan National Park from Saturday in a pilot project.
The department said tourists can start buying e-tickets from Monday by using the QueQ app but the e-tickets can be showed to park officials at the entrance of the six national parks from Saturday onwards.
Those who buy e-tickets on the QueQ app can pay for the tickets by using their credit card or using the Thai QR Payment service.
The department said the new e-ticketing system would reduce the burden on park officials in storing large amounts of cash before transferring them to the department.
The department explained that the e-ticket service was started at the six parks first because they had mobile phone signals that are needed for park officials to check QR codes on the purchased e-tickets.
Once the system is found to be stable and after mobile phone signals cover more parks, the services will be extended to cover all parks in the future, the department added.