INDO-MALAYAN
Tropical & Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forest
(Asian Rainforest)


A small clearer tannin-stained black water creek meets a larger murkier brown water river in Indonesian Borneo.

Rainforest is the dominating natural vegetation type in much of tropical Asia, especially before humans began to develop the region. It ranges over a huge area; from Bali, then west through Java, Sumatra, north into Borneo, peninsula Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and up into southern China, then west into India and Sri Lanka.

Large woody vines known as lianas, are common in the rainforest., Jahoo, Cambodia.

Within that large zone it obviously varies in plant and animal composition, particularly with many of the spots being separated by ocean in our current interglacial. Additionally, within that moist forest, there is variation in altitude which results in many vegetation communities, from steamy lowland jungle on the coast, to stunted cloud forest in the mountains.

For the page on Plants of the Asian tropical rainforest

Nepenthes Pitcher Plant (image by Damon Ramsey)the infamous Nepenthes carnivorous Pitcher Plants of tropical Asia

For the page on the Invertebrates of the Asian tropical rainforest

millipede-rolled-up-jahoo-cambodia(rolled up millipede, Cambodia)

For the page on the Arachnids of the Asian tropical rainforest

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For the page on the Insects of the Asian tropical rainforest

Insect in the Philippines (image by Damon Ramsey)(Subic Bay, Philippines)

For the page on Moths & Butterflies of the Asian tropical rainforest

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For the page on the Frogs of the Asian tropical rainforest

(Jahoo, Cambodia)

For the page on the Reptiles of the tropical Asian rainforest

For the page on the Non-passerine Birds of the tropical Asian rainforest
(including pheasants, pigeons, frogmouths, eagles, owls, hornbills, bee-eaters, kingfishers, barbets, woodpeckers, broadbills, parrots and pittas)

barbet-golden-throated-bhutan(Golden-throated Barbet, Bhutan)

For the page on Passerine Songbirds birds of the Asian tropical rainforest 

Tanjung-Puting-sunbird-crimson(Sunbird, Tanjung Puting, Indonesia)

For the page on the Bulbuls of the Asian tropical rainforest

Black Bulbul (image by Damon Ramsey)(Nature Lodge, Cambodia)

For the page on Babblers & relatives of the Asian tropical rainforest 

(Bar-throated Siva)

For the page on the Mammals of the Asian tropical rainforest

For the page on the Primates of the Asian tropical rainforest

For the page on the Rodents of the tropical Asian rainforest

(Kelani, Sri Lanka)

Places to experience the Asian tropical rainforest

There are so many lodges and nationals parks to see the Asian tropical rainforest.

In Bhutan, there is:  Jigme Dorji National Park, and Lampelri Gardens. In Sri Lanka, there is: Horton Plains for some highland rainforest of Sri Lanka, Kelani Forest ReserveKithugala, and Sinharaja Reserve.

In Cambodia there is: Angkor WatKeo-Seima ReserveNature Lodge at Senmonorom. In Thailand there is: Baan Maka Nature Lodge and Samarn Bird Camp which are near Kaeng Krachan National Park and Pala-U Waterfall, Thailand. There is also: Doi Inthanon National ParkOur Jungle House, great accommodation near Khao Sok National Park, There is also: Khao Yai National Park.

In the Philippines, there is: Subic BayNuts Huts, which is on the island on Bohol, 

In Malaysia there is: Taman Negara National Park. In Malaysian Borneo there is: Bako National ParkKinabalu National Park HQMesilauPoring Hot Springs, and Sepilok. In Singapore, there is: Singapore Zoo. In Indonesia there is: Bali Barat National ParkBukit Lawang & Gunung Leuser National Park, in Sumatra, Krakatoa, and Tanjung Puting National Park,Kalimantan in Borneo.

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