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The nature trail in the mangrove forest. Picture marhas1
Learn more about the mangrove forest and experience how a community tries to keep the traditional way of life of the fishermen? You get this chance in Tung Yee Peng, a small village of the East coast of Koh Lanta. A walkway leads through the mangrove forest, from where you can observe small crabs on the ground of the forest. The way ends at a fish farm in a canal with a floating restaurant. But you can also take a trip on a longtailboat with a local guide and slip along the shady mangrove rivers between Ko Lanta Yai and Ko Lanta Nai or drive to islands as Ko Aung, Ko Talabeng (with caves) and Ko Bu Bu . In the mangrove forests around Ko Lanta sharks and dolphins come to breed and shelter their juveniles. The mangrove roots create a quiet, protected area for fish, crabs, oysters, lobsters and shrimps, the forest is as well a nursery area for reptiles, mammals and birds and protects the coast from erosion. For longtail tours you drive to Tung Yee Peng and ask the locals (a day boattrip for 850 Bath, half a day for 500 Bath). Or you book with tour operators as Sun Island Tours, lantalongtail.com or Tailor-Made Marine Tours and lantainfo.com. But you can also do a Kayak Tour.
Young mangrove trees. Picture marhas1
"When have no way out, when be unemployed, this forest is food place, foodstuffs storehouse ... forest conservation then is the one occasion at is important of this village", says this information along the nature trail. Picture marhas1
Canal with boats in the mangrove forest. Picture marhas1
The Tung Yee Peng people offer also homestays (for 1800 Bath). You will share their daily life by planting trees, crab and fish catching and you will enjoy a barbacue. The locals take part in an United nation development program. They also learn English for tourism and do an annual cleanup of the tourism places under the guidance of the Coast Ecology Learning Center. And the create products from coconutshells such as key rings or Thai strimp paste. See video on KrabiLifeTV.
Tung Ye Peng Community Learning Centre. Picture marhas1
The mangrove plant community grows along tropical coasts between the levels of high and low tide. Here you find species adapted to the salty soil like Avicennia, Rhizophora, Sonneratia, Laguncularia, Xylocarpus and Heritiera. Mangrove trees have solved the problem of staying in the soft mud by arched roots and the pneumatophores, coming out of the ground, supply them with oxygen. Some fruits of the mangrove trees are constructed like an arrow to fix into the mud, others develop roots within hours, so they will not be washed away by the next tide. Read more in Lanta Magazine.
Kayaking in the mangrove forest. Picture Jake Pierson
More to find on Koh Lanta:
Koh Lanta เกาะลันตา - what guests discover here: Reviews of resorts and beaches.
Lanta Old Town: Where Thais, Muslims, Chiense and Sea Gypsies formed the community
Diving around Koh Lanta
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