Thailand Trees and Names

One of the best parts about Thailand is its biodiversity.  Everywhere you look there is something blooming, a new type of tree to discover, and some wildlife around it.  Thailand’s abundant forests and unique landscape make for fantastic adventures, and beautiful pictures.  

Let’s take a look at some of these types of trees, so you can spot them on your next adventure!

The Banyan Tree (Ficus benghalensis)

Did you know that the Banyan Tree is actually a type of fig?  It starts out small, landing in another tree, and then, eventually it envelopes the tree and continues to grow outwards.  This is what accounts for the multiple root systems that we see, and is also why Banyan trees are one of the most resilient trees in the jungle.

According to legend, these trees have been modelled off of the Tree of Life in the famous Avatar movie.    


The ”Buttress roots” tree, or Tualang tree (Koompassia Excelsa Taub)

These large trees are hundreds of years old.  They keep their stability by growing buttresses as foundations.  They can be found throughout Thailand, especially growing in jungle areas.



The Samanea saman tree, known as the Giant Monkeypod, or Rain tree 

In Thai, it is called the “kampu.”  This tree is considered to be a religious due to its large expansive size and ability to provide a lot of shade.  In some Thai stories, it is referred to as “yak”, a mythical demon, referring in this context to the monstrous size of the tree. 

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Thailand Rubber Trees (Hevea brasiliensis)

You will typically see rows of these trees in plantations as you are driving around Thailand.  The sure way to know is to look for the small dish that is collecting the white rubber sap coming from the trees. 

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The Bili Tree (Aegle marmelos)

These trees grow quite tall and produce a fruit that looks similar to a guava.  These are often dried and served as candied fruits.


Flame of the Forest (Delonix regia)

One of my personal favorites, this tree is spectacular when in bloom.  It can reach a height up to 12 meters, and is quite breathtaking to view in real life!

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Coastal Mangrove Trees (Rhizophora mangle)

According to NASA, these trees are one of the best “carbon scrubbers” in existence.  You will find Mangroves along the coastal regions in Thailand and are most easily recognised by their root systems sticking up out of the water.  These trees are very important for the environment, acting as a natural stabiliser for coastal erosion.  Join us on any of our Kayaking Tours to visit these beautiful tree systems!

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If you are interested in more of the trees around Thailand, check out this Tree Identification App – LeafSnap. Contact us today to find out where you can visit the trees of your dreams!

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