Thai Cave to Become “Tourist Attraction” Following Rescue of 12 Boys and Soccer Coach

A cave complex in Thailand where 12 schoolboys and their soccer coach were trapped for over two weeks before getting rescued will be turned into a museum, an official said on Wednesday.

The rescue mission in the flooded Tham Luang Nang Non cave, which ended on late Tuesday, proved to be dangerous and difficult with the death of a Thai rescue diver on Friday.

“This area will become a living museum, to show how the operation unfolded,” the head of rescue mission, Narongsak Osottanakorn said at a press conference. “It will become another major attraction for Thailand.”

Deputy head of national parks Chongklai Woraponsathron said the plan to turn the cave into a “world-class tourist attraction” would need to be approved by the Thailand Department of Natural Resources.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand director Karuna Dechatiwong said the agency would be prepared to work with local officials and the private sector to promote the (in)famous cave further. “The cave has become of interest for both local and foreign travellers.”

The 6-mile limestone cave in the Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park is understood to be the country’s longest cave.