TAT introduces ‘Amazing Dark Sky in Thailand’by Gaurav Khanna
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in collaboration with the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) have introduced the ‘Amazing Dark Sky in Thailand’ project with 12 stargazing locations or dark sky conservation areas across the five regions of Thailand.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said “We are promoting astronomy tourism or dark sky tourism as another new tourist experience, that is in line with the ‘Visit Thailand Year 2022-2023: Amazing New Chapters’ campaign. Tourists who are fond of watching the stars, and astronomical phenomena like meteor showers and eclipses when they occur, can do so and combine this with other tourism attractions and activities at different locations around Thailand.”
TAT and NARIT initiated the Amazing Dark Sky in Thailand project in 2020, with the aim to promote dark sky tourism and raise awareness on light pollution and the preservation of quiet and dark skies.
While providing support on creating memorable astronomy travel experiences through stargazing tours based on user-friendly knowledge, NARIT has also established criteria for the listing of dark sky conservation areas in Thailand.
Dr. Saran Poshyachinda, NARIT Executive-Director, said. “A dark sky conservation area needed to be an open space where the surrounding sky could be observed freely enough from light pollution, and where prominent celestial objects were visible to the naked eye. There must be personnel in the area able to provide tourists with basic astronomical knowledge, as well as facilities like restrooms, restaurants, and accommodation.”