If exploring rainforests is your forte and you think you have visited all of the great rainforest possible, then after reading this article, you may think otherwise. Westhill Consulting Travel and Tours have listed some of the most unexplored rainforest wonders in the world. Now pack up your bag while list this down and you might be up for another adventure sooner or later. Don’t forget to review your list or you might get lost in the vast expanse of trees and greeneries.
Most tropical rainforest in Asia is found in Indonesia (on scattered islands), the Malay peninsula (Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar), and Laos and Cambodia. Forest once covered a much greater area in Asia, but logging and clearing of forests for agriculture has destroyed much of the region's rainforests. However, there are some rainforest which have been preserved over time.
The Southeast Asian rainforests are the oldest, consistent rainforests on Earth, dating back to the Pleistocene Epoch 70 million years ago. It has a biological richness and diversity unequaled by that of the Amazon or African rainforests.
Danum Valley - Malaysia
Danum Valley is found in Malaysian Borneo and has some unusual plant and animal residents. The biggest flower in the world, rafflesia along with other Carnivorous pitcher plants flowers (some weighing more than 15 pounds) gives this valley a truly exotic, almost primeval, feel. Flying squirrels, gibbons, Asian elephants and rare jungle rhinos all call the conservation area home. One of Southeast Asia's first true eco-resorts, the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, still operates in the valley, offering guests an upscale place to stay in between jungle treks, canopy tours and river adventures. The government, though, also does not lack warnings to tourist to be careful of travel guides that bodes harm to seemingly well-packed tourists.
Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra
According to the reviews by various tourism website, the 2.5 million hectare Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra site comprises three national parks: Gunung Leuser National Park, Kerinci Seblat National Park and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park. Just outside Jakarta, Indonesia, the site holds the greatest potential for long-term conservation of the distinctive and diverse biota of Sumatra, including many endangered species. The protected area is home to an estimated 10,000 plant species, including 17 endemic genera; more than 200 mammal species; and some 580 bird species of which 465 are resident and 21 are endemic. Of the mammal species, 22 are Asian, not found elsewhere in the archipelago and 15 are confined to the Indonesian region, including the endemic Sumatran orangutan. The site also provides biogeographic evidence of the evolution of the island.
Khao Sok – Thailand
Khao Sok National Park in Southern Thailand is known to be the home of the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world, huge limestone mountains shooting straight up in the air, deep valleys, breathtaking lakes, exciting caves, wild animals and much more.
Khao Sok is perfectly situated on the mainland between Phuket, Krabi, Khao Lak and Koh Samui, the most popular destinations in Southern Thailand. It is a fantastic place to go on vacation. Close and personal elephant encounters, jungle trekking on foot, canoeing and Truck Safaris are all possible activities, which will give you the experience of a lifetime. We also recommend tours to visit various locations in Khao Sok. One of the most interesting areas is stunningly beautiful Cheow Larn Lake in the heart of the National Park with its floating raft houses and luxury tents – an absolute must-see!