I am pleased I can greet you on the pages of a project representing
the support our country, a member of the European
Union, gives to all the institutions of the
Kingdom of Thailand involved in setting off on a path which is far from easy:
to protect and provide access to natural and cultural heritage of the
country – heritage, that must be not only protected, but also preserved for
Being formed in co-operation with the Thai Ecotourism and Adventure Travel
Association and after forethought and analysis of endless diversity of this
country’s natural gems, the project was directed to the Western Forest
Complex, a natural system whose importance goes beyond boundaries of one
country, a natural territory straddling the borderland of the Kingdom of
Thailand and the Union of Myanmar.
It is one of the biggest protected territories in South-East Asia with
exceptional fauna and flora of four bio-geographical zones that meet right
in this region. Only recent havoc prevents us from
spreading the project beyond the western border of the Kingdom of Thailand.
This area has still been mostly untouched by civilization thus offering us a
possibility to broaden our knowledge by research of an undisturbed nature,
which has nowadays been rare even in South-East Asia itself.
Also in relation to the above mentioned our country pays permanent attention
to environment protection both in the Czech Republic as well as globally and
keeps financing – through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – projects like
this one aimed at conserving current ecosystems and stressing the importance
of ecotourism in the region.
Our common goal is to provide competent information and make it available to
the global and local public, thereby make exploring this unique natural
complex easier both for the public and the tourists that care for
maintaining the original character of the visited places.
I believe the following pages will be not only interesting in new and
unexpected ways, but also inspirational for your next trip around the
Kingdom of Thailand, regardless of your geographical distance from this
Dipl. Ing. Ivan Hotěk
Ambassador of the Czech Republic in the Kingdom of Thailand