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Thung Yee Pheng Mangrove Forest

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The glossy green leaves and sinister-looking roots of mangrove trees line a maze of tranquil streams, rivers and inlets on Ko Lanta Yai’s northeast coast, not far from Ko Lanta Noi. Whether you stop in for a stroll, spend a few hours in a boat or settle into a floating homestay, the Thung Yee Pheng mangrove forest provides a worthwhile break from the beaches.

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Those who only want a taste of this landscape can stick to a wooden walkway that leads part way into the forest. You don’t have to look far to spot fiddler crabs twisting in the muddy sediment held together by the roots. Cranes, sea eagles and many other types of birds soar over the trees or fish in the shallows. The only sound is the distant hum of longtail boat engines.

Time for some peace and quiet. Photo taken in or around Thung Yee Pheng Mangrove Forest, Ko Lanta, Thailand by David Luekens.

Time for some peace and quiet. Photo: David Luekens

Kayaks can be rented for exploring the brackish rivers, or you can hop in a longtail boat for a cruise that winds alongside the mangroves. Either way, you might stop at the Floating House Fish Farm and Homestay, an open-sided log structure where fish swim in saltwater pens until they’re fetched for the barbecue. You’ll also pass spots where monkeys munch on the marine life—easy pickings ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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