Discovery >

Mangrove Conservation, Thai Canals and Coconut Monkeys

August 7, 2015 by Khiri Travel | Filed Under: , , , , ,

Until recently, much of Surat Thani’s coastal mangrove forests had been severely reduced. The trees were cut to make charcoal and unsustainable fishing methods polluted the coastal waters. Today, things are changing for the better. Members of the local community have successfully undertaken conservation activities to preserve – and in some areas – even expand the forest. Instead of cutting trees, locals harvest useful products such as the leaves and fruit of the water-loving nipa palm trees. They also implemented strict controls over hunting and the amount and type of fishing methods and introduced waste management.

Accessible only by boat, this area is called Klong Noi, the “Land of a Hundred Canals.” The local economy is now fortified with the addition of sustainable jobs in community-based tourism (CBT) such as hosting village homestays and guided tours by long tail boat. Travelers can float along the many canals and see first hand how the local villagers have managed to find a balance between development and maintaining traditional customs. One of the cottage industries is a monkey-training center where gregarious primates are trained for several weeks to learn how to safely harvest coconuts. The monkey graduates can then harvest up to 100 coconuts per day! Another small industry is a boatyard that makes long tails for the canals as well as larger seafaring ships.

Khiri Travel Thailand can organize a tour for travelers where all places visited are authentic, not developed for tourists and there are no souvenirs for sale. For more information about visiting Klong Noi, please contact to [email protected]

 

 

Latest post

Vietnamese Wedding Outfit

Clothing plays a very important role in weddings in Vietnam. After the Nguyen Dynasty, the last royal dynasty of Vietnam, women began to wear elaborate ao dai for their weddings.

Read More

Morning in Yangon: Markets, Monks & Mohinga

The great historian and British Burma expert, J. S. Furnivall, once interpreted markets in Myanmar as places where all the individual ethnic groups of Myanmar “meet, but only in the market place, in buying and selling.” Indeed, local markets paint a picture of this multi-ethnic society that is Myanmar.

Read More

Khiri Travel Introduces Stylish Tuk Tuks for Guests

Khiri Travel has introduced special designer tuk tuks to its ground operations in Luang Prabang in Laos and Siem Reap in Cambodia.

Read More

THAI Launches Two New Services To Tehran And Moscow

Thai Airways International (THAI) recently announced that they will revive their flights to Tehran from 01 Oct 2016 and resume flights to Moscow in Dec 2016.

Read More

Subscribe to our newsletter

Our B2B newsletters are for industry professionals




*We’ll never share your email address and you can opt out at any time.