Green Story

Mangrove Forest, the Tourist Attraction of the Youth with a Green Heart

           Thailand is full of abundant natural resources that include mountains, waterfalls, to the sea. Many of these places are also renowned worldwide. Besides this, another kind of natural resource that’s very interesting is “mangrove forest”. This is regarded as a place of importance for the natural ecosystem, and what’s interesting is that this place has numerous activities waiting to welcome tourist groups to take them to see the nature as well as learn and open up a new tourism experience for them through the various activities that will result in best practices for the environment.  Also, tourists and the communities around the mangroves will get a reward by receiving new knowledge that will preserve the environment and develop the potential of the community to be sustainable.

           The mangrove forest isn’t only a tourist attraction, but is also a place of fun to relax with the beautiful nature. However, tourists will receive knowledge and understanding about the environment. It can also cultivate consciousness to love nature and know about the ecosystem by doing activities in various locations in the mangroves; such as, walk to see the abundance of the small marine creatures in the nursery that wait for the day that they have grown enough to restore the balance with the sea, planting mangroves, kayaking to see the mangroves and local way of life of the fishermen, collecting cockles, etc. This is considered as nature tourism that has a variety of activities suitable for everyone.

                                                

           The mangrove forest tourist attraction that we’d like to recommend today is the only one of its kind in Thailand and is 1 of 5 black sand beaches of the world. It’s located in the Pa Laem Makham National Forest, Trat province close to Bangkok.  The wonderful highlight is a result from the unspoiled ecosystem and high biodiversity.  A bridge has been built through it to facilitate tourists to visit the area more easily and conveniently. The outstanding feature is the sandy beach that is a very fine dark reddish-brown to black colour. It’s located in the  Pa Laem Makham National Forest and has a characteristic of being a beach in a mangrove forest in which each year the monsoon winds blow the sand to pile up on the front of the bay of the mangroves. This has resulted into a strange black curved beach. This tourist study route has some interesting spots; such as, seeing large and small mudskippers; Sesarma crab in which there is a black species and beautiful coloured species that has red claws, light green head with light blue mouth, as well as silver shell and legs and when hit by water reflects the light with a beautiful colour; fiddler crabs, fireflies at night; watching mangrove and local bird species; for example, falcon, silver-breasted broadbill, and heron, and mussels with a cone shape similar to a pagoda. Besides the aforementioned key spots, the mangrove here has an abundance of other forms of life; such as, giant mud crab, telescope shells, Perna viridis, oysters, turtles, snakes, monkeys, bats, various insects, chameleons, etc. These forms of life live together in the large and small mangrove trees like Rhizophora apiculata, Xylocarpus moluccensis (Lam.) M. Roem., Sonneratia alba J. Smith, Excoecaria agallocha, Avicennia alba, Ceriops tagal, etc.
       


Learning knowledge from a nature tourism attraction is another tourism activity that shouldn’t be missed. If you have an opportunity to visit Trat province, then try changing your target from heading to cross over to Ko Chang or Ko Kut and turn around to experience the atmosphere of the mangrove forest as well as see the miracle of the black sand beach at least once in which there are only 5 places in the world. Then you’ll know that the natural ecosystem has an endless interesting story. Travelling in the mangrove has something more than fun and knowledge. More than that, we can be proud of the preserving of the nature by the local people and the nature will also receive benefits from our visit, which generates income to develop a strong natural community. When one person goes to have an experience, this will result in him or her having impressions to tell others that will increase more benefits for us, the community, and the nature to have continuous sustainable tourism.