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North Andaman Region of Thailand

Located in Southern Thailand, the North Andaman coast is an extraordinary region of ecological and cultural interest. It is remarkably undeveloped and many communities still survive by their traditional livelihoods.

This undiscovered part of Thailand will captivate visitors who wish to learn about traditional ways of life and who want to contribute to the conservation of this outstanding natural environment. Trips are ideal for those wanting to escape over-developed touristy places, avoid other tourists and get off the usual tourist track to try something new.

Discover Southern Thailand’s:

Natural Beauty & Wildlife

Koh Surin National Park

Koh Surin National Park

Much of the mountainous and coastal zones have been designated as protected areas, in recognition of their unique importance to Thailand’s natural heritage. Two of the oldest and richest ecosystems on our planet — coral reefs and Southeast Asian rainforest, which date back 160 million years — still survive here almost side by side.

Protected Areas:

What’s the difference between a National Park and a Wildlife Sanctuary?
A National Park is a protected area that welcomes tourists and has facilities to make their stay enjoyable. A Wildlife Sanctuary, however, is a restricted protected area that is only open for educational and scientific research or for volunteering that requires a special permit.

Climate & Geography:

The North Andaman region has two seasons; the dry season (November to April) and the green season (May to October). Temperatures remain around 30°C throughout the year, reaching up to 35°C around the months of March and April, Thailand’s hottest months. The southwest monsoon brings precipitation from May to October, but it’s always a good time to visit, so don’t let the odd rain shower put you off. Some consider the warm showers refreshing!

The combination of mangrove swamps, coral reefs, limestone karsts, beaches, and evergreen tropical forest provide habitats for an amazing array of wildlife. This rich blend creates a fascinating environment for exploration that is as contrasting as it is captivating.

Snorkeling!

IUCN has created a beautiful ecosystem map of the area, showing a wide array of landscapes including:

  • Island Savannah
  • Beach Forest
  • Coral Reefs
  • Sea-grass beds
  • Evergreen, dry, and montane forests
  • One of the largest and most intact mangrove areas left in Southeast Asia.

Wildlife

The Region is home to abundant wildlife, and nowhere in Thailand is there a larger protected area for wildlife. From elephants, tigers, hornbills, and gibbons, to leopards, lizards, and bears – you can see them all in their natural habitats surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

We offer many Ecotourism Activities both near the villages and at the National Parks.

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Village Life

Koh Surin Tours, Andaman, Thailand

Moken Children

The Muslim, Buddhist, and Moken Sea Nomad communities that live alongside each other here exude a warmth and generosity of spirit that is rare to find nowadays. Most villages along the coastal belt are predominantly fishing communities that earn their living from small-scale fishing and farming.

Explore the Villages:

Village Tour Activities

We offer many Village Experiences, Homestays and Tours in the North Andaman region, as well as Volunteer Opportunities.

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Places to Stay

Homestay

Andaman Discoveries can arrange hotel accommodation in Kuraburi as well as such popular Southern Thailand destinations as Khao Lak and Phuket — we have options to meet any budget and taste. We also have homestay experiences where you can stay with a host family and take a privileged look into their lives and really connect with the villagers.

We offer customized tour + accommodation packages, and can arrange transfers from the Phuket International Airport (HKT) and major bus stations in the area. Please contact our Local Experts so we can answer your questions and help arrange an unforgettable experience in Southern Thailand!

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Community Development Projects

Women’s Soap Making Group – Ban Talae Nok

On December 26th, 2004, the tsunami devastated and destroyed these communities. The communities, which Andaman Discoveries work with, are using community-based tourism to assist with the long-term economic reconstruction of the region and to provide a vital supplementary income. Visiting these villagers, seeing their resilience and hearing their incredible stories is motivational as well as inspirational.

This undiscovered part of Thailand will captivate visitors who wish to learn about traditional ways of life and who want to contribute to the conservation of this outstanding natural environment. Trips are ideal for those wanting to escape over-developed touristy places, avoid other tourists and get off the usual tourist track to try something new.

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Area Maps

                  

 

Ecosystem Map

Directions to Kuraburi and Andaman Discoveries.

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Images & Videos

Throughout the years, many talented photographers and filmmakers have visited the area. We’ve created a special section for each, to share some of the wonders that await you!

  • Photographer’s Gallery
  • Videos
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