Nakha Village

naka village - youth conservation

Nakha boasts stunning mountainous scenery, and is home to the highly endangered Water Lily, known locally as the "Yah Chong." This fresh-water plant has unusually long leaves and delicate white flowers that bloom from October to December. Unfortunately, the water lily faces serious threats from river dredging and collection for resale as aquarium plants.

To help save the Water Lily, locals formed a conservation group to protect its habitat, and now offer rafting excursions to raise public awareness of this beautiful plant. Profits are used by the club to pay for school trips. The club also sponsors a nursery that is used by the youth group for replanting the water lilies.

Another highlight is the nearby Klong Nakha Wildlife Sanctuary, which takes its name from the area's largest river and adjoins the larger Klong Saen protected area in Suratthani Province further to the east.

naka village - endangered water lily

naka village - river rafting