Thailand: Bankoks green Lung by Luke Duggelby

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One of the raised concrete walkways that cross Bang Kra Jao. When Bangkok is viewed on Google Earth you will see a large black area of nothing. This is Bang Kra Jao, a 2000 hectare green oasis of jungle, mangroves, canals and fruit farms. Located just across the Chao Praya River from a vast mass of development and sky scrapers that is Bangkok, Bang Kra Jao remains almost totally untouched by development. In 1977 the Thai government budgeted about US$80 million to turn Bang Kra Jao in to a tourism haven, envisioning beach resorts and lucrative tourist facilities. Modelled on Singapore's Sentosa Island parks were mapped for protection, a flood wall was installed, and then the scheme stalled. Decades on, this largely forgotten oasis remains a treasured retreat for nature lovers and chilled-out locals..