Ban Talae Nok, Thailand

Village by the Sea

3 Days | Community Visit, Swimming and Cultural Activities

Immerse in the local culture at the Muslim village of Ban Talae Nok on the North Andaman Coast. Participate in handicraft demonstrations, enjoy a local barbeque dinner on the beach, and relax in the quaint atmosphere of this community. Explore the local nature with a trip to the undeveloped Gam Islands or a mangrove tour in the forest surrounding the village.

Right for You?

Duration

3 Days / 2 Nights

Travel Style

Cultural Immersion, Foodie Fun, Family Friendly, Off the Beaten Path and Time to Relax

Languages

Thai and English
Your homestay hosts will not speak much English, but a translator will be present for most of your time.

Physical Activity

Light activity

Location

Rural Communities, Beach and Island

Connect

Wifi: None
Cell: Limited

Andaman Discoveries

Local/Foreign Owned Social Enterprise
Starts at:

$202/person

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Speaks: Thai and English

Highlights

  • Stay in a beautiful seaside village and connect with your local host family
  • Enjoy authentic, home-cooked southern Thai food and learn to make it yourself
  • Explore a mangrove forest in a long-tail boat
  • Visit the hidden pardise of the undeveloped Gam Islands (only during dry season)
  • Take part in a Batik (fabric dyeing) class and learn to weave palm leaves to make a traditional thatched roof

Details

Availability

Flexible Departure Date
All year

Group

1 - 20 travelers

Morning

Start the tour in Kuraburi at the Andaman Discoveries office for a pre-trip briefing and cultural orientation. Transfer to Ban Talae Nok village to meet your host family, and be welcomed into their way of life

Take a walking tour of the community with your local guide to learn about the history and lives of these villagers

See an area of the village that was destroyed by the 2004 tsunami and learn how this event affected the community

Noon

Lunch - Enjoy authentic southern Thai food with your homestay family

Take part in a handicraft workshop and learn the art of Batik, a technique of hand-dyeing fabrics by using designs drawn in wax.

You can create your own design or have your hosts draw one for you, then color in the beautiful designs, and keep your creation as a souvenir

Learn to weave leaves of the nypa palm with the villagers and help make traditional roofing from a local mangrove plant

Take a short walk to the beach where you can relax and bask in the spectacular colors of an Andaman Sea sunset

Evening

Dinner - enjoy a barbeque dinner on the beach with your hosts and feast on freshly-caught seafood, garden-fresh vegetables, and Thai curries (weather permitting, alternative is dinner in the homestay)

Participate in a cultural activity where you can share stories and experiences with the family and local villagers. Pictures from home are always appreciated!

Overnight

Stay the night in your homestay with comfortable bedding and mosquito net

Morning

Breakfast at the homestay house

Head into nature, and explore the mangrove forest in a long-tail boat, where you have the chance to spot various birds, monitor lizards and monkeys. Take a fascinating journey through the tidal canals and learn how the villagers are active in protecting this amazing ecosystem

Continue your journey out to the hidden paradise of the undeveloped Gam Islands, only 10 km from the coast of the village. Arrive to the white sand bays and explore the surrounding nature, then go for a swim and snorkel in the clear blue waters**

Noon
Have a picnic lunch on the beach with your hosts**

Depart the island and take part in a local fishing activity with your hosts, if you get a good catch, your hosts will create a tasty net to table meal

Handicraft workshop - the women's group, established after the tsunami, makes beautifully hand-crafted soap, using only the finest natural ingredients. Watch an informative demonstration and then make soap for yourself with the expert guidance of the soap ladies, and keep your creation as a souvenir

Evening

Learn to cook local Thai food with your host family, or spend your time before dinner relaxing on the beach

After dinner, enjoy more cultural exchange by trying on traditional Muslim clothing to learn more about your hosts’ religion and how it is connected
to their culture and daily lives

Overnight

Ban Talae Nok Homestay, comfortable bedding and mosquito net provided

** Gam Islands only available during dry season, November - April. During rainy season, have an extended mangrove tour and go fishing with your homestay family. Depending on tides and expertise, fish in the canals with nets or poles, spearing shrimp or catch crabs with traps.
** Lunch in the rainy season is held at the homestay.

Morning

Breakfast at the homestay house

Walk up to the school for a panoramic view of the Andaman coast

Return to your homestay to make a local specialty dessert.
Try your hand at grating the coconut and filling the palm leaf with the batter.Then grill and enjoy the delicious snack hot off the fire.

Noon

Have a personalized cooking class and help make your lunch with your homestay hosts – lunch with your host family

Pack and say goodbye to your friendly hosts

Transfer back to the Andaman Discoveries office in Kuraburi for debriefing. Travel on to your next destination!

What's Included

Lodging

2 Nights Family Homestay

Activities

Boat Tour, Community Visit, Cooking Class, Fishing, Swimming and Making Crafts
Some activities are only available during the dry season, November-April. See itinerary for details.

Guide

Bilingual guide

Room

Private Room and Mosquito Net

Food

All meals included

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Your Local Host

Andaman Discoveries

Local/Foreign Owned Social Enterprise

Andaman Discoveries started as North Andaman Tsunami Relief - after completing many projects to help coastal communities recover from the 2004 tsunami, they decided to continue their work as a social enterprise helping communities develop sustainable tourism projects. Only a few hours away from the touristy areas of Phuket, Koh Samui, and Khao Lak, they now connect travelers to the friendly communities of the north Andaman region. They invite you to experience their traditional way of life and diverse eco-systems in an authentic and non-intrusive way. Volunteer, join a homestay tour, experience authentic ecotourism and enjoy the real Thailand!

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Getting There

You will start and finish the tour at the Andaman Discoveries office in Kuraburi. Transfers to the community will be arranged for you from there.