Sikharinsindhu Forest Park
The pressure of tourism and related agricultural developments endanger the remaining natural forests with its rich variety of plants and wildlife, the water supply and other resources on Koh Samui.
The Dipavhāvan Foundation tries to help preserving and even rehabilitating parts of the remaining natural forests for the future by taking care of and protecting an area called Sikharinsindhu Forest Park.
Sikharinsindhu Forest Park is located on a hill, about 570 meters above sea level, close to the center of Koh Samui. The 15-rai (24,000 square meters) park, once a virgin rain forest, is already surrounded by orchards and may be destroyed soon if not protected. As the area is at present still quite away from the dwellings of people, traffic and associated disturbances, the condition of the forest park is fairly intact. The air is still pure, clean and cool; it is quiet and peaceful.
The serene environment and the close contact to nature in Sikharinsindhu Forest Park are very supportive to the development of concentration and insight meditation.
When directly experiencing the deeply calming, happiness inducing effect of the natural rain forest's atmosphere on our minds, we can easily appreciate the value of this environment for our mental well being. Apart from the immeasurable ecological benefits, the spiritual benefits of Sikharinsindhu Forest Park urge us to protect and preserve it for the benefit of the many – today and in the future.