August 17, 2010

E is for Exciting Excursion To An Exotic Ecosystem

I went to Chantaburi (Thailand) last week. One of the highlights of my trip was the tour to Pa Chai Len (translates forest growing between high and low tide) or simply called "mud coast forest". It is actually a mangrove vegetation/ecosystem which is a project of the king of Thailand.

Some say it was a boring place to be. Mangroves, mangroves, mangroves! There's nothing really to see!

But for me, it was an exciting place. Nostalgic, actually. Mangroves are part of my childhood.

When I was a little child, my father would go to the nearest seacoast to look for a perfect mangrove for our Christmas tree. At that time, decades back, I'm sure we were allowed to cut at least one tree a year.

Mangroves are important part of our ecosystem because they protect human lives and property from any oceanic catastrophe.

One peculiar characteristic of mangroves is the aerial roots standing upright and crawling on the ground.

One economic value of mangroves is its hard wood. This tree is the oldest tree in this forest, believed to be more than 100 years old.

One thing I appreciate on how this project was done is the way people adjusted to nature. I believe no tree was cut during the process.

The pathway was very long and winding and was made of quality wood that could withstand the challenge of rain, sunshine, and salt water.

It was a long walk and humidity was high. No one could go all the way without stopping for some rest.

This structure is built for viewing the coastal area.

It was an incredible sight! I was glad to have my 2 cameras because one has run out of battery after taking tons of shots.

Aside from those on pictures, I saw snakes, crab, birds, fish, and other tiny creatures thriving there.

On the way to the exit, I saw cultured oysters and .....

... a shrimp pond.

Exciting Excursion, isn't it? 
This will surely be on the list for our future homeschool field trips.

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  1. Definitely an exciting excursion! Interesting post and terrific photos! Hope you have an exciting week! Enjoy!


  2. EXCVELLENT, starting with the title!

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  3. that shrimp pond looks the best of the photos.. all of them are well captured too :) Exotic indeed..!

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  4. Fascinating visit to this ecosystem! Thanks for taking us along. Not sure I could stand the humidity, but sure it'd be worth the walk. :D

  5. When I didn't what is a mangrove I too am so bored just being in there. When I learned about what mangrove is and how it helps our ecosystem I love to go in their and take a look for little tiny things that lurking around ^)^. Sometimes we need to be educated to learn to love things. Happy Tuesday!
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  6. Nice excursion for E day. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  7. A perfect place for a field trip. Very interesting and important to the planet.

  8. love those oysters .... this is a perfect place for field trip... awesome ...

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  9. I especially loved the shots of the bridges and paths. The one photo built around all of those trees was something I'd hang on my wall. Wonderful E post.

  10. I love the way the trees have been allowed to grow through the planks!

  11. I can see why this is something you really's aMAZing!

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  12. This was definitely an exciting excursion. I will never say mangroves are boring again!

  13. wow, I've never seen trees like that, amazing!

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  15. The "mud coast forest" does not look boring to me - I would like spending lots of time there :-D
    Great photos!


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