Many people think of all Southeast Asia as one vast jungle. Along the coastline, this is often the case. The tropical latitude and mild climate due to the South China Sea create a perfect base for jungle growth. While there are mountains, plateau and highlands that are not jungle, Thailand has its own share of jungle venues. Much of the country lies along the Gulf of Thailand. There, the moist air and moderate climate create the perfect conditions for rampant growth of many tropical plants.
Travel in the jungle areas of Thailand is often along rivers rather than roads. While a large part of the beauty of jungles is contained within their plant growth, it is difficult to keep cut back. Roads must be constantly maintained against plant intrusions. This makes the ancient waterways a better way to travel through this type of country. Thailand has a long tradition of using waterways as highways, even in today’s modern world.