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Koh Chang’s Natural Erosion and Flooding Control is Dipterocarpus Alatus

Dipterocarpus

Dipterocarpus

Dipterocarpus alatus occurs abundantly along the river banks of Koh Chang which is op to 500 meters altitude and where it is a rapid colonizer of alluvial soils. This tree species is a tropical forest tree of dense evergreen or mixed dense forests common in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam.  It is commonly known in English as hairy-leafed apitong and yang-na in Thai. This tree is an endangered species in its natural habitat.

 

Dipterocarpus alatus is a medium-sized to fairly large tree of up to 60 meters tall. Its trunk is straight, cylindrical, and measuring up to 150 centimeters in diameter. The leaves are narrowly ovate-ovate to elliptical-oblong. It has bi-sexual flowers with large petals which are oblong to narrowly oblong and are strongly contorted, loosely cohering at base on falling, and cream-white with a prominent pink, red or purple stripe down the center. Its fruit is a nut that is surrounded by the calyx, comparatively large; fruit calyx tube glabrous, with 5 wings, to 8 millimeters broad, 2 larger fruit calyx lobes up to 14 centimeters by 3 centimeters, 3 shorter ones up to 12 millimeters by 14 millimeters. The wood of Dipterocarpus alatus is much valued in construction and cabinetwork. It is considered as one of the most important timber species next to teak in Thailand.

 

The extracted oleoresin is used by indigenous people for illumination and waterproofing baskets and boats. It is exported to other countries and it is used for paint, varnish and lacquer. When mixed with beeswax, it is used in bandages for ulcerated wounds. Annual production of oleoresin per tapped tree is between 23 and 31 liters. The bark of young trees is also used in traditional medicine, taken against rheumatism and diseases of the liver, and to stimulate appetite in cattle. Its oil is used as a fixative in perfumes.





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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