From His Majesty King Bhumibol’s Royal initiative to the Governor of Chanthaburi to find a suitable coastal area in the province for conducting agricultural and fishery career development projects along with creating a development study center in 1981 led to the establishment of the Kung Krabaen Bay Royal Development Study Center.
Out of the 4,000 Rai (1,581 Acres) it covers, 200 Rai (79 Acres) lays on the mangrove forest which has been rehabbed and studied for the sustainable coastal resource management. Moreover, this is also a center to disseminate the knowledge of the fishery researches to the local people. Since its founding, the Kung Krabaen Bay Royal Development Study Center has played an important role in developing the mangrove ecosystem and being an eco-tourism destination that tourists do not want to miss.
The mangrove forest serves as a living natural museum as it holds a 1-kilometer study trail under the fresh green and sylvan setting of Avicennia alba, cork trees, and mangroves. If you are lucky, some local animals like mudskippers, Meder’s mangrove crabs, and horseshoe crabs will also be there to greet you. At the end of the trail, refresh your mind at the view point pavilion that projects into the bay. This allows you to see where the forest meets the water to create a beautiful scene you will never forget.
Other than the knowledge about mangrove forest, you will also get to see the culture and way of life of the local people. If you plan to visit Chanthaburi province, this place should totally be on your list.
Take the Sukhumvit Rd. from Bangkok head to Chanthaburi province. Turn right at the Nong Si Nga Intersection around the 301st -302nd kilometer marker and continue for approximately 27 kilometers where you will also pass Wang Hin, Rampan, and Tha Sala temples. At the intersection that crosses with the road to Khung Wiman, take a left and follow the road signs to the center.