Sirindhorn International Environmental Park
Most visitors to Cha-Am or Hua Hin will have had a chance to visit MaruekhathaiyawanPalace but very few realize that, en route to the palace, there is the Sirindhorn International Environmental Park, a learning centre for nature conservation, renewable energy and forest and animal habitat restoration, as well as natural resources and the environment. As the name suggests, it is also a international training center, providing a wealth information and resources on conservation and related issues.
Upon arrival, travelers will be presented with the importance of conservation and the rewards it brings every step of the way, from riding the solar-powered minibus to stopping at the various learning stations, each covering a different aspect of renewable energy. There are rows of wind turbines that generate electrical power, the hydro-floating solar project in the dam that generates power from solar cells, which is the world’s largest hybrid renewable energy production project, the innovative solar energy production system station and a station which shows how hot water can be produced from an air-conditioning system. The Energy for Environment Center also houses numerous interesting exhibitions such as the Exhibition in Honor of the Royal Family, the Environmental and Energy Exhibition and the Exhibition of Sufficiency Economy. There is also the Princess Sirindhorn Mangrove Forest Plantation where visitors can enjoy a nice stroll, take in the fresh air and admire the diverse species of plants, in particular the “Rhizophora Hybrid”, the new natural mangrove hybrid, and a peaceful beach at the path’s end. Upon prior reservation with the facility, visitors may participate in planting trees in the mangrove forest and freeing crabs and fish.
This is a tourist attraction that encourages travelers to learn, experience and do some good old hands-on work whilst promoting the need for natural resource conservation. It is hoped that visitors will be inspired by the values promoted by the project and spread the word about environmentally friendly tourism and sustainability.
- Admire “Rhizophora Hybrid”, the world’s newest natural mangrove hybrid species.
- Investigate the world’s largest hybrid renewable energy production project
- Join environmental conservation activities such as planting mangrove forests, freeing crabs and fish etc.
Best Time to Visit
All year, December to March recommended. Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
In April, there is an International Kite Festival with kite competition sand music
In February, at the same time as Chinese New Year, there is “Phra Nakhon Khiri Fair: the Good of Petchaburi” to commemorate the importance of Petchaburi’s history, art, culture and traditions. There are various activities suchas demonstrations of Mueang Petch style crafts, local food and dessert cooking and jaggery making.
During Songkran Festival, there is a Wing Wua Lan Kon competition which is adapted from Wua Lan sport using people to run instead of cows with the same rules. Locals participate alongside those from out of town, which makes this a really fun and unique event.
On the last Saturday of September every year, there is an “Eat Shellfish, Watch Birds, Fish for Squids Festival.” It is a combined venture between both the public and private sectors with the goal of promoting tourism. The festival lasts for about nine days and is held at Cha-am Beach viewpoint, AmphoeCha-am, Petchaburi.