Mangrove forests are composed predominantly of mangrove trees, a type of shrub that is specially equipped to survive when growing in salty water as well as fresh water. As a result, mangrove forests are predominantly found near rivers and near the ocean and helps to prevent erosion. These mangrove forests create its own ecosystems with a thriving bed of creatures such as crab eating monkeys, birds, shellfish etc. and are usually equipped with strong roots that are able to attach itself to the riverbed or the sand in order to not be affected by strong tidal currents.
Such mangroves can be found across the world, especially in Asian countries such as India, Burma and Thailand and its importance is paramount. In fact, recent surveys suggest that an increase in mangroves and mangrove forests may provide an effective means through which global climate change can be controlled. The importance of mangrove forests was further enunciated when Thailand was affected by the 2004 tsunami which recorded a 9.0 on the Richter scale. The inhabitants of the Thai island of Phuket readily discovered that mangrove forests functioned as a brilliant natural barrier against the harsh and strong tsunami waves.
There are many wonderful ways to explore the beauty of these forests in Phuket and one such extremely fun way is to opt for the ATV Discovery tour. Climb aboard an ATV: an All Terrain Vehicle, step on the accelerator and you’re off! Enjoy the amazing landscape complete with an abundance of mangrove forests and the beautiful ocean beyond, all the while having a rocky yet exciting adventure. Companies provide tourists with the option of ATV tours lasting from one hour to a couple of hours, so it does depend on how long you wish to enjoy the experience for.
If the ATV tour packages are too fast paced for you, there is also a mountain bike option, a kayaking option and a nature safari option. It definitely does depend on what you’re more comfortable with and these tours can often be easily arranged by contacting the reception of the Phuket resort you are staying at. Phuket beach resort is quite accommodating when it comes to tourists wanting to try out different things and an excellent choice to consider is the Anantara Phuket Resort Thailand, for it takes different experiences to a whole new level by providing guests with a one of a kind experience.
Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and hopes to visit them all someday.