Ban Talae Nok Homestay Program
We immediately felt incredibly welcomed into the community and enjoyed the food both at lunch and dinner. The beach dinner really was spectacular! The sun was setting as we ate, it felt like a dream come true. The soap making was so interesting and it was lovely to engage with some women of the community, we stayed and talked with them for quite a long time and learned a lot about their culture. We moved onto roof making which was very calming and an interesting skill to learn, how it is possible to make a roof from only leaves and wood amazed us all. Overall, fabulous days that we highly recommend to anyone open to learning about new cultures and people. Thank you to our host family and Tui, our translator.
– Gabriella, Marilena, Silvana (Britain)
Surin Moken Experience
If you have an interest in the culture and life of indigenous tribes as well as the underwater wonders of the Andaman Sea, this is the perfect trip for you. The Moken are already influenced (and unfortunately restricted) by the modern world, but their culture is still alive and everything you see during the program is REAL and I felt very privileged to witness some of it firsthand. Your money will be well spent: while most other companies push dozens of tourists through the village, making the Moken feel like zoo animals that don’t even get 1 baht from it, Andaman Discoveries works in close partnership with the Moken. This not only provides an important source of income for the Moken ( in a time where they are not allowed to follow their hunter and gatherer roots) but also helps to restore the pride in their own culture.
– Hanjo Fritzsche (Germany)