Teak is an economically valuable wood in Thailand due to high quality. It is needed by foreign countries. It is a multi-purpose wood it used to build a house, every part of it can be used from the floor column to the roof, even in place of the tile used for roof. Moreover, it is very durable with sunlight and rain resistance, without any termite. The wood is soft and can be easily crafted. Its color is beautiful and can be used for house construction with long working life. Several temples in northern region are made from the teak. Although their lives are over 400 years, they are in a good condition.
Teak's name in botany is Tectona grandis with a Sanskit name of Sakka with a trade name of Teak coming from Teca, which means sweetheart of carpenter. It can be said that European very prefer teak Whether Thai teak is best or not, Prof. Dr. Amnuay Khowanitch, an expert of teak and teak planting by forest village system who is accepted by forestry academics around the world, provides information concerning Thai teak as follows "the competitors of Thailand regarding teak are Burma and Indonesia. But 25% of Burmese's teaks cut are gold teaks, while 75% of Thailand's teaks cut are gold teaks. For Indonesia, its teaks are inferior to ours due to short timbers with dusky-color woods and not beautiful. The sales price in foreign countries is 30-40% lower than ours". This is the data showing that Thai teak is in high level of quality and can be competitive in the world market.