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Experience local life at Ban Talae Nok, a village tucked away in a serene location in the south of Ranong province. Ban Talae Nok is home to a community which is a model for responsible tourism and sustainability and a visit here is a wonderful way to culturally enrich your travels in Ranong. Continue to Surin Island National Park and take a unique private tour with the original Moken inhabitants of this tropical paradise.

Hill Tribe village

Experience typical village life

Live like a local, enjoy a traditional food and sleeping in the village of Ban Talae Nok and Surin Island

Explore the Southern Thai countryside

Travel to remote beach and Island with local enjoy snorkelling with Moken Surin 

Connect with the local community

Spend time with local residents, sharing stories and learning about their background and daily life.





Day 1 – Homestay Cultural Exchange (L,D)

Program start at Andaman Discoveries office Kuraburi, meet your guide and then transfer to village. Meet your homestay family and take a walking tour of the village to learn the history and about the 2004 Tsunami

Learn the art of Batik- dyeing fabrics by using designs drawn in wax – keep it as a souvenir

Weave leaves of the Nypa palm with the villagers to make traditional rood panels

Enjoy a spectacular Andaman sunset while eating a delicious barbeque dinner on the beach.

Share stories with your host family

Overnight at homestay


Day 2 – Natural Wonders (B.L,D)

Take a journey through the mangrove forest 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

Local fishing activity

Handicraft workshop with the women’s soap group – keep as a souvenir

Relax on the beach for another sunset or learn the essentials of Thai cooking

Try on traditional Muslim clothing

Overnight at homestay

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


Day 3 – Village Life (B,L)

Walk to the school for a panoramic view of the village

Make a local Thai dessert

After lunch transfer to Kuraburi and walk the evening market with a translator

Overnight at Kuraburi local resort


Day 4 – Moken Village Visit (B,L,D)

Breakfast at the local market with your translator

Transfer to Surin Island by speedboat and check into your tent accommodation at the National

Park Head Quarters. Meet your local guide and take a long tail boat to the Moken village

Explore the village and learn the relationship between the Moken and their environment. Talk about the ‘’Spirit Poles’’ and Moken homes

Handicraft Workshop- Learn the traditional art of Moken weaving. Use forest Pandanus leaves to weave a natural bracelet. Keep it as a souvenir

Packed lunch in the Moken Village

Forest hike- Your guide will highlight useful plants, including medicinal herbs, edible species, and those used in construction of traditional houseboats and houses

Snorkeling- The Moken guide will take you to a wonderland of colorful tropical fish

Return to park headquarters to relax on the white sand beach

Overnight in tent accommodation at National Park Headquarters


Day 5 – Life of the Sea Gypsies (B,L,D)

Snorkeling with your Moken guide or return to the village to spend more time with your new friends

Return to the park headquarters, you may even see some flying lemurs and macaque monkeys

Overnight in tent accommodation at National Park Headquarters


Day 6 – Mythology of the Moken (B,L)

In the Moken village, try your hand at rowing a Moken ‘’row-boat’’ and re-enacting their method of spear fishing

Spend more time in village or head out for one more snorkel exploration

After lunch, transfer to Andaman Discoveries office for debriefing, End of program.

**Moken Music- Listen to beautiful songs that tell stories and the history of the Moken people. Day of Moken music will be decided by guide

  • Transfer pick and drop off from Kuraburi
  • Speed boat to/ form Surin Island
  • Accommodation 2 nights homestay 1 night local resort 2 night tent
  • English Speaking guide
  • Activities as mention in the program
  • Long tail boat in village
  • Food full board
  • National park fee
  • Travel insurance
  • TAX 7%
  • A small rucksack/day sack
  • A change of clothes (shorts & t shirt) especially useful in the wet season to change into at the end of the day
  • A lightweight rain coat
  • Warm jumper/pullover
  • Swimming suit
  • Small towel/sarong
  • Insect repellent mosquito spray
  • Toilet paper
  • Refillable bottle of water
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal toiletries
  • Dry bags (good for keeping your gear dry in the wet season)