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Living with locals Talae Nok Community
Talae Nok is a small Muslim community, whose village was also hit by the Tsunami in 2004. The remote beach and the retreat to the inland are all consequences by the natural disaster. Even though many of the 170 inhabitants are still fishing people many amongst them are scared of the beach. 22 houses were rebuilt in a short time with the help of the government. Moreover, they have many programs to give them work. For example batik dying, soap making and more.
Since it is a Muslim community you should follow a couple of rules:
- dress appropriately covering your shoulders and clothing until knee length
- no alcohol allowed
One evening they also dressed us up in their traditional headscarf. You should have seen the women’s faces. They were so happy and appreciated this gesture so much!
We were warmly welcomed in the village by our host families. The women prepared a delicious lunch for us – probably the best meal I’ve had in Thailand. Fresh crabs, swordfish filet, beans with chilli and garlic, pineapple curry and much more. The food was also so delicious the following days. Not only could we look over their shoulder we also set our hands to help them.
above this is a Cashew fruit, if you didn’t know
above the leaves will be dried and uses as cigarette papers
above the leaves are swung around a stick and used as roofing. We also tried our best but the women were so much faster
above boat tour to the surrounding Cham islands
Day tour to the surrounding Cham islands
We were quite lucky with the weather when we were off to discover the surrounding Cham Islands by boat. Even though we were far away from the village it wasn’t respectful to wear a bikini on the island. However, a couple of hours in the sun felt so good. Also there – hardly any tourist far and wide. Once in a while some Asian tourists came on the island, sprang in the water with their swim vests and hopped onto the boat again for the next island. Our host families prepared a delicious lunch for us which we’ve enjoyed on the island. The Thai food is also delicious when eaten cold. The cold food doesn’t appear so spicy.
above the locals showed us how they fish. This is done the best in the early morning. That’s why our haul wasn’t so good!
above tried the stinky fruit Durian for the first time!
Cooking all togheter for the last time: an easy dessert! Coconut, flour and water – you don’t need more. Of course, it didn’t taste as good when we tried it at home!
A huge thank you to Andaman Discoveries for this amazing opportunity and of course, to our host families.
I wish you a wonderful day!