Sirindhorn Peat Swamp Forest Nature Research and Study Center
In Thailand’s southernmost province, Narathiwat, the majority of the population has heard of “Pa Phru To Daeng ”(To Daeng Peat Swamp Forest) or as it is officially known, “Princess Sirindhorn Wildlife Sanctuary”. This evergreen forest covers an area of 120,000 rai (approximately 192 sqkm) across four districts and is widely regarded as Thailand’s most abundant outdoor living nature museum and library.
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) royally initiated guidelines for the rehabilitation of peat swamp areas that had previously been encroached upon, cleared and exploited with poor agricultural practices and damaged by wildfires caused by both nature and humans. Thus, “Sirindhorn Peat Swamp Forest Nature Research and Study Center” was established to conserve, maintain and transform the area into an abundant forest while simultaneously serving as a centrethat helps reinforce to awareness regarding forest conservation among the general public.
Visitors will be able to closely experience the rich nature of the peatlands along a nature study trail consisting of a 1,200-meter long wooden bridge leading into the wood. Here, they can enjoy bird watching from an observatory tower, and if their luck is really in, may even spot “Malaysian Blue Flycatchers”, a species that can only be seen at this swamp forest. There is also the opportunity to release endemic fish exclusive to peat swamp forests.
This Sirindhorn Peat Swamp Forest Nature Research and Study Center also offers youth guide training programs for young children and teenagers, which strengthen the knowledge, understanding and morals connected with nature preservation from an early age. Additionally, the centre provides knowledge for local villagers on how to prevent wildfire, water management, good agricultural methods which also protect the forest lands, and a sustainable and harmonious way for villagers to co-exist with their vast woodland surroundings.
- Explore the nature study trail and enjoy the abundant flora and fauna of the forest.
- Release endemic fish exclusive to peat swamp forest areas.ปล่อยพันธุ์ปลาเฉพาะถิ่นในพื้นที่ป่าพรุ
- Learn guidelines for wildfire prevention to reduce the risk of damage to natural resources.
Best Time to Visit
- All seasons (least rain during February to April) Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and holidays 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
- During September of every year, there are boat races on Bang Nara river, opposite the community hall.
- Around late April to the beginning of May of every year, there is a Tomo Goddess parade. The parade consists of the TomoGoddess section, a car decorated with flowers, traditional Thai dancing from various schools and the Dragon and Lion Dance section. The parade goes along the main streets of the municipality. In the ritual, there is a show by a medium and the performing of “miracles” such as climbing a knife ladder.