SEEKING GUINNESS WORLD RECORD RECOGNITION FOR THAILAND’S 70 METRE PETRIFIED TREE

The petrified trunk of a tree, over 70 metres in length found in the Doi Soi Malai National Park, is believed to be the world’s longest, with a Guinness World record bid underway.

The bid for recognition as “The longest petrified wood in the world” was revealed by Jatuporn Burusphat, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (TAT), who said that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (TAT) is currently preparing to request a world record. 

SEEKING GUINNESS WORLD RECORD RECOGNITION FOR THAILAND’S 70 METRE PETRIFIED TREE

Earlier this year, the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment (Mr. Warawut Silpa-archa) visited the site at Doi Soi Malai National Park, Tak Province. The petrified tree was discovered in 2003 with a length of 72.22 metres, the equivalent to the height of a 20-storey building, and is at least 120,000 years old.

The longest petrified wood in the world is currently recognised in Qitai City, Xinjiang Province, People’s Republic of China which is 38 metres long.

The specimen is a Thong Bueng tree, which may no longer be found in the region but it is found mostly in the rainforest in the south of Thailand. and the Malay Peninsula. 

It shows that this area of ​​Tak Province was once a primeval forest with the importance of such fossil finds resulting in the Departments of Mineral Resources, National Parks and Wildlife and Plant Conservation jointly examining the petrified wood found in the area.

Mr. Jatuporn said that “Preparing to submit a proposal for a world record endorsement has received great cooperation from all sectors and people in the area of ​​Tak Province who have joined to support the conservation of the country’s geological heritage in this time, including PTT Group and PTTEP Public Company Limited, together to create pride. and being another important source of fossil learning in Thailand.”