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The green trip to Khlong Khon
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The green trip to Khlong Khon

 

With a massive stretch of mangrove forest, the coastline village of Khlong Khon in Samut Songkram Province is well-recognized as a green haven to sooth nature lovers’ soul.

Ride the long-tailed boat on its canal, and you will be amazed by the reforestation project which give a new leash of life to the mangrove forest. Home to many fishermen, Khlong Khon was once a fertile area with abundant marine life. Mangrove forest encroachment by shrimp farmers has shrunk the forest area, as well as fishes. When fishery failed, the fishermen were driven to work in the cities.

With determination to restore their way of life, Khlong Khon people plant the mangrove forest. Now, it is the village which owns the country’s largest mangrove forest, spanning nearly 800 acres. With the revitalized forest, Khlong Khon fishermen not only get their life back but also go further with a natural conservation tourism. The village has become a model for green tourism and a perfect sanctuary for a city break.

The mangrove forest is home to the crab-eating macaques which show up for food. After exploring the woods and learn about the ecological system as well as the reforestation project, visitors can lend a hand to add more greenery to Khlong Khon by growing more plants. If you do not want to wade through the mud, drifting on the wooden board is a smart choice.

After the mission completed, it is time to prove that Khong Khon’s fertile ecology has returned. Tasty seafood dishes are served at the local restaurants, such as steamed crabs, or spicy salad with Chakram leaves and shrimp, which can be a concrete proof of why local fishermen fought for this forest.

 

How to get there: Khlong Khon is 55 miles west of Bangkok via highway 35. Homestay services are available.