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

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 Protected areas
 Geography &

 Flora & fauna

 What to see & do


What to See

The territory of the Western Forest Complex is exceptionally rich in scenic landscape as well as diverse fauna and flora.

All kinds of tropical ecosystems - mixed deciduous, dry dipterocarps, dry evergreen, hill evergreen, riverine, bamboo, teak and pine forests, savannahs, grasslands, swamps, lakes - with wildflowers, lianas and wild orchids can be experienced. If you are patient and lucky enough, wild animals such us elephants, leopards, langurs, gibbons, macaques, bears, tigers, tapirs, goats, gaurs, wild pigs, deer, water buffalos, many species of butterflies and birds, including the rare hornbills and kingfishers, can be spotted.

Some of the most famous landscape sites include the Erawan waterfall in Erawan National Park, Huai Mae Kamin waterfall in Si Nakharin National Park, the Sea of Fog in Kaeng Krachan National Park and Um Phang Wildlife Sanctuary, Nok Nang Aen Cave in Lam Khlong Ngu National Park and other.

What to Do

There are literally endless opportunities for trekking and hiking in Western Forest - to waterfalls, cliffs, viewpoints, caves, or just through the jungle. Some of the parks - for example Erawan National Park, Um Phang Wildlife Sanctuary - offer less demanding nature trails that are a great way to get a basic introduction to what a tropical ecosystem is like. Wildlife- and birdwatching can be arranged both deep in the jungle or in areas that are accessible with a relative ease.

Numerous caves offer cave explorers and those interested a great opportunity to see mostly untouched underworld, often full of winding creeks and inhabited by flocks of bats.

There is a lot to do in the almost 20 000 square km territory of the Western Forest Complex. The wilderness can give us a lot for a very long time. If WE give it the protection. What each of us can do when visiting the area is summed up in an old bushmen rule: Take Only Memories, Leave Only Footprints.

For more detailed information on what to see and do in the Western Forest Complex see the protected areas pages.
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