A Mangrove Day Tour is a great chance to discover some of the flora and fauna around Koh Phrathong Island. Spending the day on a traditional longtail boat with a local guide, cruising through the cool, shady mangrove canals, is an experience to be enjoyed.
Journey to explore this fascinating and hugely important ecosystems, and you might get the chance to spot a playful otter, shy crab-eating monkeys, mudskippers or even monitor lizards.
Mangroves are an important habitat for birds, mammals, crustaceans and fish, providing them with a breeding place, food, nesting and nursery areas.
Mangroves protect shorelines from damaging storms and waves, tsunamis and floods. Mangroves also help prevent erosion by stabilizing sediments with their tangled root systems. They maintain water quality and clarity, filtering pollutants and trapping sediments originating from land.
In Asia, people have used mangrove trees as a renewable resource for centuries Harvested for durable, water-resistant wood, mangroves have been utilised in building houses, boats, and furniture. The wood of the black mangrove and buttonwood trees has also been utilised in the production of charcoal. Tannins and other dyes are extracted from mangrove bark.
Mangroves are now protected under Thail law and in the last few years since the 2004 Tsunami are actively replanted by conservation and government education programs.