Sirinath Rajini Centre For Mangrove Forest Studies
Sirinath Rajini Centre for Mangrove Forest Studies is the first learning centre of mangrove forest rehabilitation from a deserted shrimp Farm in Thailand, located in Amphoe Pran Buri, Prachuap Khiri Khan.
Formerly, the area was a concession for a shrimp Farm during 1981-1996; however, it was revived by Their Majesties the King and the Queen’s initiatives when they visited Pran Buri in 1996. The Forestry Department responded to Their Majesties’ ideas by cancelling the concession and annexed the area to be a part of the forest development project at the mouth of the Pran Buri River under Her Majesty the Queen’s initiative for a total area of 1.2576 Square Kilometres (786 rai) together with undergoing the forest rehabilitation under the permanent reforestation project in honour of H.M the King on the occasion of the Fiftieth Anniversary (Golden Jubilee) Celebrations of His Majesty’s Accession to the Throne in 1996. On 16 November, 2002, H.M. the King and H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn visited the forest planting area. This mangrove forest has become a remarkable forest in Thai people’s memories. During that visit, a part of H.M the King’s speech was quoted as saying that “planting forest must be useful to the general public and community”. At present, the centre is open for sightseeing and learning about the historical area, ecology, community’s way of life, and educational study. To get there : From Hua Hin, take Highway No. 4 (Phetchakasem Road) toward the South, pass the junction and go to Khao Tao Village for about 2 Kilometres .; there will be a side road on the left. Proceed along the road following the sign to Pran Buri Forest Park to meet the junction, make a right turn passing Tha Lat Kradan Bridge and follow the sign to the entrance of the Sirinath Rajini Centre for Mangrove Forest Studies. For further information, please call Tel : / Fax : 0 3263 2255.