Western Forest Complex
  An Untouched Wilderness in the Borderland of Thailand and Myanmar

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 What to see & do



What is ecotourism

Any activity that becomes mass introduces till this time latent risks. This has been the case of tourism, that has been growing exponentially literally all around the world during last decades. The consequences came in the form of
degeneration and unnatural change of the traditional values and cultural heritage of people living in the heavily visited areas, or in degradation and contamination of environment of once untouched areas.

Ecotourism is one of the answers to the so called conventional tourism, which does not take into account cultural and natural context.
The main principles of ecotourism are to minimize the impact of tourism on environment and cultural traditions of the visited area. Saving of natural sources saving and involving the local communities in ecotourism is emphasized.

You can learn
more about ecotourism for example here.

Basic rules of ecotourism

as detailed information as possible – find a guide who cares for the nature
spend your money in local communities
meet the local culture
stay on the trail – this ensures you don’t disturb animals and don’t step on rare plants
protect natural resources – switch off electricity and air-con when outside, take shower less often and shorter, switch off tap when cleaning teeth
take only memories, leave only footprints – if nature is taken home as a souvenir, or garbage is left there it changes it for worse: you take what belongs there and leave what the nature can’t cope with
think of the nature when at home - apply the appropriate rules at home as well, learn more about nature, support nature protection

Ecotourism in
the Western Forest Complex

Due to its relative virginity the Western Forest is a suitable ecotourism target. Its extensive ecosystems, ranging from tropical rainforests, through riverine valleys, savannahs and plateaux to mountain vegetation, offer unusually diverse spectrum of fauna, flora and natural marvels such as waterfalls, caves, viewpoints, jungle treks etc. to any nature lover. See more on the page of what to see and do.

Wild plants - infinite variety of colours and fragrances Mystic fog - the breath of jungle Beautiful waterfalls - source of water for Thailand One of the last habitats of beasts of prey Abundant Wildlife Colourful blossoms - endless inspiration


Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

The project is funded by the Government of the Czech Republic (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and conducted with support of the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department (DNP), Thai Ecotourism and Adventure Travel Association (TEATA), Foundation of Western Forest Complex Conservation (FWFCC) and Tourism Promotion Society of Kanchanaburi (TSK). For more information write to us at info[at]westernforest[dot]org. Webdesign and photographs by David Kučera. Translation to Thai by Kris Dhiradityakul.

National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department