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Enjoying Nature at Koh Chang while Eating Fruit of Irvingia malayana

Irvingia malaya

Irvingia malaya

 

Irvingia malayana tree is also known as wild almond which is regarded as tropical evergreen tree species of the Irvingiaceae family. It commonly thrives in an undisturbed mixed dipterocarp forests up to 600 meters altitude and usually sighted on hillsides and ridges with clay to sandy soils. Aside from Thailand particularly in Koh Chang National Protected Rainforests areas, Irvingia Malaya trees can be found in North East India, Indonesia (particularly in Sumatra and Borneo) Indochina, Laos, Malay Peninsula and Myanmar.

 

Irvingia malayana or wild almond tree is distinguishable by its fruits calculated at 46 millimeters long with green-yellow drupes. Its seeds are valued as food and eaten roasted. As an emergent, evergreen or partly deciduous tree, it grows up the height between 40-50 meters tall and a diameter at breast height of 117 centimeters. It has a straight bowl trunk and has a buttressed, bark grey-brown, smooth or fissured bark when old. Its stipules grow up to 30 millimeters in length and have alternate leaves that are simple, glabrous and semi-veined with chordate leaf base. The flowers has calculated diameter of 6 millimeters with white-yellow panicles.

 

Though the timber derived from Irvingia malayana is not excellent for furniture or of low quality, it is nonetheless regarded as one of the preferred woods for charcoal. It is also used for heavy construction as scaffolding materials, knife handles and most often used as firewood by most rural folks. Its seeds aside from being edible, fat oils can be extracted from them and can be used for soap, wax and candles production. In the conservation status index, this tree species is classified as of low concern given the fact that its low quality timber is not popularly sought for commercial purposes, but on the downside, Irvingia malayana’s survival is always put to threat due to regular cutting for everyday household use for firewood or fuel.





published: 22.10.2012

Klong Son Beach is good for:

peace and quiet

sandy beach

fishing

 

Short description:

Klong Son beach (or Had Klong Son) is located on the north of Koh Chang. Nice bay at the very top of the island. Pure white sand stretch of beach, shaded with coconut trees. Klong Son gets very low numbers of visitors with the bulk of the backpackers and tourists alike speeding south enroute to Koh Chang's finer and more popular stretches of sand.

White Sand Beach is good for:

night live

sandy beach

variety of restaurants

shopping

Short description:

Koh Chang's most famous stretch of sand, at over 2km long there's certainly room for everyone! Lined with bungalows, food stalls and shops this is one of the best beaches in all of Thailand.

Klong Phrao Beach is good for:

tranquil surroundings

gorgeous rocky landscape

all sorts of activities

quiet and peaceful

Short description:

Situated on the somewhat less glamorous, northern side of the Koh Chang Island, Klong Prao isn’t all that much of tourist destination, especially for those who are in need of a true holiday experience of the exotic kind.

Lonely Beach is good for:

great sunset

cheap and peaceful retreat

all sorts of beach activities

perfect for family

Short description:

Also known as Kai Bae Beach, this is the spot to catch a great sunset! A few small shops and food stalls are along the beach, a good spot to chill out away from the crowds at White Sands Beach.

Bangbao Bay is good for:

fishing

seafood restaurants

shopping

nightlife

Short description:

A well-sheltered bay with a small and quiet beach. It is a fishing community where residents still live in houses built on stilts and are connected by wooden bridges. There are a growing number of tourist shops, scuba dive outlets and seafood restaurants offering a good selection of seafood.

Salak Khok Bay is good for:

pretty, unspoiled area

traditional Thai community

kayaking

quiet and peaceful

Short description:

There aren’t so much attraction in Salak Kok, but tourists can Kayak among the mangroves. Salak Kok Bay still has a fishing community that doesn’t change so much in many years, a great place to see the real traditional Thai community.

 

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