Located towards the western end of Hat Chao Lao, this nature trail winds through thick mangrove forest and opens to some sweeping views of bordering brackish inlets.
The extensive trail system is in the form of well kept raised boardwalks and suspension foot bridges that culminate at a five storey high tower which takes you as high as the tallest trees. Small crabs can be seen digging in the mud around the distinctively spooky mangrove roots, and the walkways shoot through some stunning sections of tall mangroves -- don't forget that camera.
Endangered dugongs (Asian seacows) can still be found gently plying the shallow areas of some of the inlets, and if you're really lucky (and patient) you might just catch a glimpse of one.
If wanting to put in more effort to see a dugong, kayak trips can be arranged near the tower on Saturdays and Sundays. However, the trail's otherwise quiet and tranquil setting is often disturbed on weekends by busloads of local tour groups so it's best to visit on a weekday. Admission is free.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 3rd December, 2014.