The Piyamit Tunnel, which is approximately 1 kilometer long and nearly 20 meters wide at certain points with multiple entrances, was built in 1976 and took three months to complete. It is situated in a village that was once a stronghold of the Communist Party of Malaya, but now belongs to the Thai National Development Front. The tunnel was used as an air raid shelter and food storage area, and there is currently an exhibition showcasing its history and the way of life in the forest. The tunnel is open to the public from 8.00 am to 4.30 pm daily and is located at Ban Piyamit 1, Tambon Tano Mae Ro. To get there, follow the same route as the Betong Hot Spring for an additional 4 kilometers.
To ensure sanitation and safety, certain regulations must be followed. These include regular cleaning of the premises, providing alcohol gel and hand washing stations, having a body temperature checkpoint, and using the Thai-Chana application for check-in and check-out. Both tourists and staff members must wear facial masks and social distancing must be maintained, which can be facilitated through the use of plastic shields at counters. Cashless payment systems, such as scanning QR codes, using contactless credit cards, or other forms of electronic payment, should be preferred. To limit the number of people in one round, only up to 15 tourists are allowed at a time.
Constructed by the Malay communists in 1976, the Piyamit Tunnels located beneath the verdant forest in Betong district of Yala, were once a refuge from airstrikes. Today, it has become a prized gem of the province’s tourism industry.
Currently, the system has six entrances, down from the previous nine. The tunnels contain various rooms for radio communication, workstations, storage, and sleeping quarters.
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