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The Greening of Koh Chang with Dipterocarpus turbinatus Trees

Dipterocarpus Alatus

Dipterocarpus Alatus

As an indigenous tree species of Thailand, Dipterocarpus turbinatus is gregarious in the protected rainforests of Koh Chang. It is a common Mountain View sight when one is occupying a hotel room facing the eastern portion of the island. This kind of tree is not endemic to the place for records show that it is native to western India and mainland Southeast Asia such as Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. It is also can be found in China particularly in southeast Xizang, southern and western Yunnan.

 

Dipterocarpus turbinarus is a lofty tree species that grows ranging at 30-45 meters tall. It has a shallowly longitudinal fissured and flaky gray or dark brown bark.  Its branchlets are glabrescent. The buds and twigs are densely gray puberulous and the leaf buds are falcate.  Dipterocarpus turbinarus stipules are densed, have dark grayish or dark yellow puberulous and they are measured between 2-6 centimeters while its petiole are between 2-3 centimeters in size and also densely glabrescent. Its leaf blade are ovate-oblong which are measured 20-30 x 8-13 centimeters, are leathery, glabrous or sparsely stellate pubescent. This tree species flowers in March to April and fruits occur in June and July as normally observed. Its natural habitat is mixed deciduous, evergreen and semi-evergreen forests.

 

It thrives abundantly in wet dense forest, sometimes on sandy, clay soils and even in red soils. In Koh Chang, this tree species is under protection and cutting is strictly prohibited as most number of this tree is located in the protected rainforests of the island. This tree is considered an important source of wood known as keruing and in some countries it is used in the plywood industry, sawing, woodwork and tea cabinet. In India, for example, the resin of the tree is known internationally as East Indian copaiba balsam where it is the source of kanyin oil and gurjun oil. It has medicinal value that treats gonorrhea, leprosy, psoriasis and other skin diseases. In China, it is cultivated both as medicinal and as a perfume plant.





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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