You can’t go wrong with Phuket. Tropical, inviting beaches, bright blue waters, jungle environment and culture, it’s everything an island escape should have. No wonder it is Thailand’s most visited island (it being connected to the mainland by a bridge does help and make travel to the mainland convenient for some). You too can enjoy a slice of paradise. And if you have a big heart and would like to help out, you can do that too.
The 2004 tsunami is still fresh in the minds of many. The devastating wave took the lives of thousands, damaged the livelihood of many more and destroyed the infrastructure of numerous villages. Some are still rebuilding as we speak now. One such village is Ban Talae Nok. You can certainly help speed up their recovery efforts.
Let’s get to know the area a little bit. After meeting up with your host family in the village, take a short tour of their community. You may still see signs of devastation more than six years ago. But the famous Thai smiles and hospitality are still ever present. After lunch at the family’s house, continue your orientation of the area through the mangrove forests by boat with a local guide- part of the community-based tourism initiative. Play some football (or any other game) with the kids later in the day. You are also more than welcome to help out with the rebuilding efforts any way you can. This evening, continue your Thai village living experience. Join your family in the preparation of dinner, learning about the ingredients and methods of tasty Thai cooking as well as interacting with the hosts. While sharing dinner at the house you will experience the customs and traditions of the community.
Set out for some eye-opening workshop experience, established to preserve traditional craft techniques as well as creating sustainable income for the local people. Try your hand at interactive soap making and test your skills via nipa palm making or batik painting.
Like all good things, there must be an end. But your time and efforts at the village will not be forgotten by the locals. They certainly will not forget you! Enjoy your farewell lunch with your host family before your departure.
If you’re looking for an extension down south and yearning for some adventure, then perhaps you can extend this charitable tour with our exclusive and highly rated Camping and Kayaking in Phang Nga Bay tour. Combine them both for a truly wonderful and unforgettable journey!
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