Hat Chao Mai National Park
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HCMNP is located along 20 km. of Thailand's west coast in Si Kao and Kantang sub-districts, Trang Province. MKLNHA is located in Na Kluea and Libong sub-districts of Kantang district and Hat Samran sub-districts of Pa Lian district, Trang province.
Hat Chao Mai NP was designated as the first dugong conservation zone in Thailand. The rich ecosystems of Hat Chao Mai and Mo Ko Libong provide suitable habitats for many terrestrial and marine fauna species such as mammals, reptiles, amphibians as well as birds including migratory species. They are located in the Andaman Sea, deemed to be one of the world's sites with high biological diversity. Mo Ko Libong NHA was initially established to protect habitats of migratory birds but was later on discovered to have large seagrass beds which provide major food source to a large group of Dugong.
Marine and terrestrial ecosystems inclduing karst vegetation
Eleven species of seagrass are found including Thalassia hemprichii, Halophila ovalis and Enhalus acoroides. Rare species on the karst vegetation include Trisepalum sp, Alstonia curtisii, Wrightia siemensis and Vitex siamica.
Banded langur, Dusty langur, red muntjac, lesser mouse deer, Asian golden cat, leopard cat oriental-small clawed otter, large-spotted civet, western striped squirrel
|Ecotourism Destination and Activities:
The most popular tourism is dugong-watching. The area is also known for their sceic islands such as Ko Meng, Ko Pling and Ko Muk.
|54 mammal species; 254 plant species; 62 reptiles and amphibians; 220 bird species; 268 fish; 48 crustaceans; 23 coral species; other marine species include dugong, Indo-Pacific Humpbacked dolphin, Irrawady dolphin, finless porpoise and turtles