The national park was supposed to reopen on October 1 but has been closed since July 1. However, according to Rungsaran Banluesakchai, director of the national park, locations like Khun Nam Morakot Pond and Tham Luang Cave are now risky for tourists because of flooding caused by recent heavy rains.
Therefore, she explained, "the national park will stay closed to tourists at least until October 15," adding that individuals could still get in touch with the park normally.
When the coach and 12 members of the Wild Boars football team were trapped in a cave system in June 2018, the world watched in awe as a complex international rescue operation took place.
The 200-meter-deep Chamber 1, which leads into the labyrinth of caves, acted as the command post for a rescue mission directed by the governor of Chiang Rai and the Thai Navy SEALs, Narongsak Osotthanakorn.
Between July 8 and July 11, a team of international divers entered the cave and extracted the coach, the 12 boys, and all of them.
Since then, The Wild Boars have gained notoriety, and a number of movies and documentaries have been made about their ordeal.
The officials have paved the area in front of the cave and constructed a stairway leading into it four years after the dramatic rescue operation.
In front of the cave, a statue commemorating Saman Kunan, a Royal Thai Navy SEAL who perished in the rescue effort and became known as the Tham Luang hero, has also been constructed.
Nearby construction also included a parking lot and a tourist information centre with restrooms.