But family members have seen at least some of the boys from behind a glass barrier, and after a period of time with no problems, the family members would be allowed closer while dressed in sterilized clothing.
"Narongsak Osottanakorn said at a news conference that the Tham Luang cavern system in the country's Chiang Rai province will become an interactive exhibit to showcase the rescue, according to Reuters".
Thai doctors said the boys each lost about 2 kilograms, or roughly 4.5 pounds, from the ordeal.
The nerve-shredding three-day mission ended on Tuesday with the final group of four boys and the coach emerging from the cave which had held them captive for 18 days.
The Thai boys saved from a flooded cave endured dives in zero visibility and in places were put in a harness and high-lined across rocky caverns, in what a leader of the United States contingent called a "once in a lifetime rescue".
Another video released Wednesday by the Thai navy SEALs shows one of the boys being lugged through part of the muddy cave on a stretcher while covered with a silver thermal blanket.
They will remain in hospital in the nearby city of Chiang Rai for a week, followed by a week's recuperation at home. Highlighting the dangers, a former Thai navy SEAL volunteering to work on the rescue died Friday while replenishing oxygen canisters placed along the escape route.
The SEALs commander, Rear Adm. Apakorn Youkongkae, said the boys' coach, Ekkapol Chantawong, told SEALs the order the boys should be rescued in.
"The 13 must have taken cared of each other very well [inside the cave]", Thongchai Lertwilairattanapong said.
The decision, a response to the worldwide outpouring of love and support during the hard operation to rescue the boys, draws attention to the large numbers of stateless people living in Thailand, especially in its border regions. "You have to ensure when you go in you have a way out", Master Sergeant Anderson said.
The four boys rescued first are "well, they're up and about", Sky News' southeast Asia correspondent, Siobhan Robbins, said.
Police officers took photographs of each other at the massive cave entrance, as pumps continued to suck out huge volumes of water.
The rescue mission which spanned days was a success after everyone was rescued. He said they survived by drinking clean water dripping into the cave.
Nopparat Kanthawong, the head coach of the Wild Boars team, told CNN that he did not know why the boys had gone into the cave.
Any delay in moving the last five people out of Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand on Tuesday could have led to a different outcome of the rescue effort dubbed "Mission Impossible", it was revealed yesterday.