Koh Surin NP 4 day tour, Thailand

“Spend four days on the protected island of Koh Surin learning how to fish, hike and camp as part of a Moken tribe as well as snorkelling over Thailand's largest coral reef.”

Highlights

Moken village life | snorkel over Thailandís largest coral reef | swim, fish and sail with a Moken guide | traditional foraging | jungle hike | beach camping | $100AUD per person will be donated to Moken community |

Description of Koh Surin NP 4 day tour, Thailand

Take time out on a trip to Thailand to experience the protected perimeters of Koh Surin National Park where an extensive coral reef system runs beneath the clear waters of the Andaman and indigenous Moken tribes are making the transition from lives as seafaring nomads to that of sustainable farmers.

This is an uncomplicated and untouched Thai island and as such needs to be treated with respect as well as enjoyed on an active and cultural level. Fishing, snorkelling and hiking are all featured within this four day tour with chances to learn more about traditional island ways in the company of a Moken guide, certain to resonate with those seeking an authentic Andaman experience.

Koh Surin National Park has become a haven for Moken people and visiting their village allows travellers to contribute to their continued protected existence by offering local people access to fresh produce as well as the tools and support thatís required to continually develop a sustainable existence both on land and at sea.

By partaking in this four day tour of Koh Surin Island youíll be donating $100AUD (included in price) towards funding a healthy eating initiative which allows Moken communities to have greater access to fresh food, agricultural resources and specialist advice from horticulturists.

This project is run by the North Andaman Network and aims to help the traditionally nomadic seafaring Moken people make the transition to a more settled agricultural existence. This transition also includes helping Moken tribes benefit from sustainable tourism as well as improving their protected legal status and nationality as part of Thailand. Your commitment will make a difference as part of a unique experience to a rarely visited area of Thailand.

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Responsible tourism: Koh Surin NP 4 day tour, Thailand

Environment

Our partner in this special region of the world are focused on working towards addressing global issues such as climate change, human rights, nature conservation and sustainable development at a grass roots level. The program we created is in collaboration with the communities in which you will be visiting. We ensure local resources are used where possible, having a positive social, environmental and financial impact. These community-based innovative projects help to foster knowledge sharing, environmental stewardship, and cultural exchange. We are committed to providing local people with a complimentary source of income while still continuing their traditional way of life.

Spend 3 days experiencing a Mokin traditional lifestyle as you maximise natural resources, adapting to living on the water and land. Enjoy an energy efficient experience as you learn traditional fishing and boating methods and sleep under a million stars in a truly eco-sustainable stay when you check into your tented-camping accommodation.

Community

By engaging in responsible tourism in this region of Thailand you will be supporting several tsunami handicraft cooperatives, established in the wake of the tsunami. The aim is to help provide vital income for the women left widowed by the tsunami. These include an interactive Batik workshop, a soap making workshop, a tie-dye making and weaving with the local community class. These inspirational groups prove that strength, determination, and cooperation can overcome an adversity as devastating as the tsunami.

As with all our experiences, we always have a donation which contributes to towards a local initiative. In Southern Thailand, the donation component of this trip goes towards funding a Healthy Eating Program for the Moken people, providing them with greater access to fresh food and agricultural resources. This program approaches this issue by purchasing fresh food stocks while a group of specialist horticulturists are enlisted to help teach the Moken about how to create special vertical gardens that can provide sustainable nutrient rich food to the community year round.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?



I would definitely recommend this trip for someone who wants a short getaway.

The snorkelling was out of this world. The water is as clear as crystal and the fish are of every shape, size and colour that you can think of, so many of them that you donít know which way to look.


2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


You cannot do it in less than 4 nights. The drive from Phuket to Kuruburi is 3 hours, so you arrive in the early evening and stay the night there, then 2 nights on Koh Surin, and on the third day the boat to take you back to Kuruburi only leaves at 3pm or later, takes an hour and a half to get there and then 3 hours back to Phuket so you could not book a flight earlier than 10pm. The trip should specify that the 4th night is spent in Kuruburi and then one can have breakfast in the market the following morning .

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The guide spoke good English and she was very pleasant and looked after me well. Her name was Noon. When we were in Kuruburi she took me to very local restaurants and for breakfast we went to the market and sat at one of the benches and sheíd go to the various stalls and find strange things that she thought Iíd like to try and it was really good. Koh Surin is beautiful. The camp is spotlessly clean and the tents on the beach are normal dome tents, but pitched too close together for my liking, and there were more people there than I had expected, but we were really only conscious of them at mealtimes because every time we went off to see something we were on our own with our boatman and snorkelling/village guide. The food at the camp was excellent.

We also went to the Moken village, and it was interesting, and I do appreciate that tourism brings a lot of money to these villages, and gifts (one man arrived while we were there with a large parcel of medical supplies as a gift for them) but Iím not crazy about walking through villages like this and asking people if you can take their photo etc. I feel a bit uncomfortable, as if the village people are curiosities. However, the Moken men are employed to take people out to the snorkelling and diving spots in their traditional longboats, which is good, and they are very good diving and snorkelling guides, and quite a few of the women are employed by the Parks Board to work in the camp, which is also good. I really enjoyed going in the different longboats and rowing boats and the one with the sail made of palm leaves and was sorry that we didnít have a bit more wind to have a good sail!


4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Altogether it was a wonderful mini-holiday and I would love to go somewhere else to have snorkelling as good as that.

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