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Terminalia catappa is Koh Chang’s Crown of Glory

Terminalia catappa

Terminalia catappa

Along the sandy coastal areas of Koh Chang such as the villages of Salak Phet, Salak Khok, Khlong Son and Khlong Phrao Bay, Terminalia catappa which are commonly known as tropical almond are the usual tree species one cannot ignore to notice. The fully grown Terminalia catappa offers great shade to beach swimmers and local fishers. Its almond fruits are normally eaten and enjoyed by children.

 

Terminalia catappa is regarded as a large, spreading tree that grows the height range of 15-25 meters tall. Its trunk grows as big as 1-1.5 meters in diameter. This tree species has a gray brown bark. Its leathery dark green leaves are expected to fall after they change color to yellow or red. Fruits come after flowering which normally occurs after 3 years of age. The green fruit is egg-shaped measuring approximately 2.5 x 3 to 6 centimeters long. It is hard, rounded and flattened which turns yellow when ripe. The edible seed of the fruit is enclosed by a fibrous husk.  The tasty seed kernel can be eaten immediate after extraction. As a coastal tree, it is observed to be tolerant to strong winds and principally grows in freely drained, sandy and well aerated soils. Due to its large horizontal crown, this tree species is important for coastal communities.

 

 Aside from shade and ornamental benefits that Terminalia catappa tree is known for, its fibrous root system is vital to coastline stabilization especially on sandy seashores. Its timber though not hard is useful for furniture making and other decorative purposes. Tropical almond is easy to propagate by seed. It is a fast growing tree and needs minimal maintenance and care in suitable planting environments. It has a vast natural distribution in India, Southeast Asia, Papua New Guinea, northern Australia and South Pacific region which includes Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji. Some sights of Terminalia catappa are found also on the high archipelago of Polynesia and Micronesia.





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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