Koh Klang Krabi
On a small charming fishing island, located in the province of Krabi, the community of Klonglu is welcoming tourists to get a glimpse of their local lives.
The friendly community maintains a simple and modest life, which they are proud to share with visitors searching for an insight into authentic southern Thai culture. With a traditional Andaman long-tail boat you will cross the sea to the small island where a local sidecar driver takes you to the village. The island, called Koh Klang, is surrounded by rich natural mangrove forest with many different fish species. The communities mostly work in coastal fisheries, have fish farms, and grow rice for household consumption and sales to neighbors.
While visiting the island you can experience the local way of life by participating in early morning fishing, model long-tail boat making or batik cloth production and enjoy the beautiful magrove nature or nearby islands the next day.
Ko Klang is on the west coast of southern Thailand, at the mouth of Krabi River in the Andaman Sea. It is the closest island to Krabi town, on the right side of the Krabi River. The island is connected only by longtail boats from two piers: Chaofa Pier (centre of Krabi town) and Tara Pier (south of Krabi town). Crossings take less than 10 minutes.
The island has an area of 26 square kilometres (16,250 rai) and is divided into four areas, with one village and one mosque in each:
- Moo 1: Ban Ko Klang
- Moo 2: Ban Klong Prasong
- Moo 3: Ban Klongkam
- Moo 4: Ban Bang Kanun
The environment is varied, from mangrove forests to rice fields. On the island the visitor can find caves, beaches, and Krabi’s famous limestone mountains.
Mangrove forest occupy 80 percent of the island and are on the north and east coasts of the island. The flora is rich in this area, with plenty of mangrove trees such as Rhizophora mucronata, the mangrove date palm Phoenix paludosa, and plants such as Lumnitzera.
The fauna is also diversified and include the long-tailed macaque, the Oriental small-clawed otter, and several snake species.
Many species of birds can be spotted along the coastline such as the endangered Chinese egret, Egretta eulophotes. Birds such as the grey heron, the masked finefoot, the spotted greenshank, the roseate tern, the sea eagle, the kingfisher and the stork make their home on the coastline.
Crabs and shell-dwelling molluscs also share the beaches, and can been seen moving about the sand at low tide.
On the water the number of fish decreases from year to year because of pollution and overfishing. Despite this, there are still fish species such as the milkfish, the barramundi, and the Indo-Pacific tarpon.
The island itself is flat and has many canals. It is an ideal place for rice fields, which play a very important role for the village and its economy. Coconut trees are in abundance. Raising both fish and ducks is common. Water buffaloes and goats are also seen grazing year round.
Ko Klang is a quiet place with very few tourists. Locals are interested in developing eco-tourism on the island with the help of the local government. They provide local activities such as batik, visiting fish farms, taking a trip in the mangroves with a longtail boat, catching prawns, and exploring caves. The island is rich with wildlife, and tourists can bird watch in one of the two bird huts off the beach. These birding huts provide views of the surrounding islands, such as Chicken Island and Ko Jum.
Tourists can spend the night in one of the many home-stays on the island, all of which integrate their guests with the local community.
Because the island is primarily Muslim, guests are asked to respect the people and their culture, to refrain from drinking, and to dress modestly (long trousers and skirts, covered shoulders).
Digging for clams at Koh Klang – This came at low tide on an island splashing through scattered tide pools near soccer goals visible only when the ocean takes a break from shore. Finding clams for your dinner at night. Making Batik, visit the rice field and local factory, Model boat local factory