Deepen your experience of Thailand on this four-day journey to Koh Surin National Park. This undeveloped and protected island sits in the pristine waters of the Andaman Sea. These waters are home to Thailand’s most extensive coral reef and also to the unique Moken tribe, the original seafaring gypsy people of the Andaman. It is an amazing setting for an unforgettable experience as we connect with the traditional ways of the Moken community.
We will explore the tropical island of Koh Surin and swim in the blue Andaman waters the Moken call home. Expand your understanding of this unique seafaring culture, their traditions and the current challenges they face as they assimilate to the modern world. This trip contributes to developing a sustainable healthy eating program for the Moken people that gives them access to fresh food stocks and the tools, materials and support they need to create sustainable agricultural initiatives on the island.
The Moken people face a unique set of challenges as the current geopolitical climate requires them to move from a nomadic existence to a settled location-based lifestyle. This shift means that the Moken are now able to create from local tourism and are eligible for legal nationality and services in Thailand, which are all good things. However, this settled life has also had a negative impact on how they source their food. Since this small island does not provide ideal farming land, modern Moken are often forced to rely on limited options from the local convenience store.
The donation component of this trip goes towards funding a Healthy Eating Program for the Moken people that provides 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.
As always, by participating in responsible tourism that respects and honours the people and places you visit, you are helping to support the Moken in maintaining their way of life. Your travel time in their village and your interest in their culture helps bring money to the community, supports local guides, fishermen and artisans, and allows them to take pride in their traditions.
* Travellers are responsible for valid visas throughout the duration of the trip