Thai authorities have announced plans to turn the Tham Luang Nang Non cave into a tourist attraction, the same cave 12 kids and their football coach still remain stuck in at the the time of writing after their miraculous discovery on Monday.
Once the Mae 13 are eventually rescued the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation will implement short-term and medium-term plans that include rehabilitating the cave, including any damage caused during the search, discovery and rescue process, before declaring the cave and the area around it a national park.
Along with the rehabilitation, signage will be placed in the cave to warn tourists which parts of the cave are off-limits so as to prevent a repetition of people getting lost.
Mr. Jongklai Worapongsathorn, the department’s deputy director-general, told Thai PBS that the department believed that the cave has the potential to attract tourists hence the plans to turn it into a tourist attraction. He did not, however, mention that much of its appeal may be due to the worldwide attention the cave has received due to the Mae Sai 13 being lost in it for nearly 10 days.
As Chiang Mai One reported June 26, the 13 stuck in the cave since June 23 are possibly not be the first group of people to be stuck in the same cave system with a former village headman in the area claiming that foreigners were rescued from the same cave after seven days in 1974.