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Ban Talae Nok Homestay

Way of Life in a Village by the Sea

Ban Talae Nok is a pleasant village situated by a beautiful stretch of undeveloped beach with a way of life that remains mostly unchanged over the years. After the 2004 tsunami the community members were interested to interact with tourist in a way that was respectful to their culture and a homestay program was developed.

Walking through this small village, you’ll notice women sitting together outside their houses shelling cashew nuts, weaving palm roofs, or making fishing nets while children play are at play.  The lifestyle is relaxed and friendly, like one big family.

Traditionally the men of the village earn their living from the sea, and you can see them collecting their catch from the nets at the small pier. Once they’ve taken what they need for their family, they’ll sell the rest at the market. Some families raise livestock and tend to plantations in and around the village.

A group of women, with the help of the Royal Thai Government and Andaman Discoveries, established a soap making handicraft cooperative which provides supplementary income. Visitors to the village can join in a lively handmade soap workshop which offers a great chance to speak with the ladies about their lives and learn about their moving tsunami stories. (Area Map)

“A humbling and inspiring experience.”

– Isabelle, Australia

Sample of 3 Day Ban Talae Nok Village Tour:

Day 1 – Cultural Exchange

  • Meet your homestay family and take a walking tour of the village to learn about the history and the 2004 Tsunami
  • Learn the art of Batik‐ dyeing fabrics by using designs drawn in wax, keep as souvenir
  • Weave leafs of the Nypa palm with the villagers to make traditional roof panels
  • Enjoy a spectacular Andaman sunset while eating a delicious barbecue dinner on the beach. Share stories with your host family

Day 2 – Natural Wonders

  • Take a journey through the mangrove forest and learn how the villagers are active in protecting this amazing ecosystem
  • Journey to the Gam Islands* and enjoy the white sand bays, go for a swim and snorkel in the clear blue waters. Have a picnic lunch on the beach
  • Fishing on the beach with local fisherman
  • Handicraft workshop with the women’s soap group ‐ keep as souvenir
  • Relax on the beach for another sunset or learn the essentials of Thai cooking
  • Try on traditional Muslim clothing

*Gam Islands are available during dry season November ‐ April. For rainy season, enjoy an extended mangrove tour

Day 3 – Village Life

  • Walk to the school for a panoramic view of the village
  • Make a local dessert snack – grilled coconut wrapped in a leaf
  • After lunch, Transfer to Andaman Discoveries’ office for debriefing

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