Ban Talae Nok Activities

Cultural Activities

Outdoor Activities

ban talae nok village - activities

Cultural Activities

Homestay

ban talae nok village - homestay

Be a house guest of the villagers of Ban Talae Nok. Simple and comfortable, each homestay offers a private sleeping area complete with mattress, pillow, mosquito net and fan. A rotational system managed by the village ensures everyone gets their turn at being a host. Just as no two families are the alike, the same can be said of each house, which can range from modern to traditional wooden houses

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Nipa Palm Weaving

ban talae nok village - palm weaving

Traveling through the region you will notice thatched roofing on the more traditional style homes. Ban Talae Nok is a major source of this thatched material made by weaving leaves of the nipa palm together. During this activity, a villager will demonstrate how each section of the roof is made, after it's over to you to make your own section using nipa palm leaves and a thread of bamboo.

Exertion level: easy
Duration: 1 hour

Handicraft Workshops

ban talae nok village - handicraft workshops

In the wake of the tsunami handicraft groups were establish to assist affected families to develop another source of income. In Ban Talae Nok there are two groups: a soap making group and a batik group. Both of which you can join to learn about soap making and the art of batik.

Exertion level: easy
Duration: Soap activities last 1 hour, while batik making can take 2-3 hours depending on the size of your Batik

Interactive Soap Workshop

ban talae nok village - soap making

The women of Ban Talae Nok invite you to make beautifully handcrafted natural soap in their village workshop. After an explanation of how the group formed after the tsunami, you will help the ladies to make their deliciously fragrant soaps. From stirring the mixture, to cutting the bars and labeling the soaps, you will try your hand at each stage of the process, and then keep your own soap creation. The soaps are made from cinnamon, lemongrass, saffron, cloves and you can stock up on presents from home.

Interactive batik workshop

ban talae nok village - batik making

Making a Batik is a rewarding experience for people of all ages and creative ability. Two to three ladies from the Ban Talae Nok Batik Cooperative will demonstrate the whole process of creating a Batik, while you make your own piece. Using your own imagination or with the assistance of the skilled ladies, you can make a handkerchief or sarong sized creation. This activity is very therapeutic and relaxing and your Batik will make an excellent souvenir or a gift for friends back home.

Cashew Nut Shelling

ban talae nok village - cashew nut roasting

One of the major occupations for the women of the village is to shell cashew nuts by hand. The skill and speed at which each nut is individually shelled is remarkable. After a demonstration, you'll be able to try your hand at shelling the cashew nuts. This relaxed and informal activity is a great opportunity to ask questions and find out about the lives of the villagers.

Exertion level: easy
What to bring: sun block, hat, mosquito spray
Duration: 30 minutes

Outdoor Activities

Note You may want a hat, sun block, and insect repellant for these activities.

Beach Walk

The beach near the village is seven kilometers long and has a beautiful golden color due the presence of tin. Hawks fly in the sky and shy monkeys come to gather crabs on the beach. Visit the site of the former school and lower village — both destroyed by the tsunami.

Exertion level: easy
Duration: 1-2 hours

Island Tour

ban talae nok village - deserted islands

Walk and snorkel on deserted beaches on the uninhabited island of Koh Kwai. The island's turquoise waters offer diversions such as snorkeling, fishing, and swimming in serene bays. On land, visitors can beach comb, or simply relax under the shade of a tree. This half day trip also includes a delicious barbecue lunch. Mask and snorkel are available on request.

Exertion level: easy to moderate
Duration: 3-5 hours

Kayaking

ban talae nok village - mangrove kayaking

Spend a few hours paddling aboard a two-seater kayak. This peaceful activity is a great opportunity for birdwatching and wildlife viewing. The price is about 1,000 Baht per kayak plus 500 Baht per guide (required).

Contact: Mr. Raewut Harnjit +66 (0) 81 691 5877
Exertion level: easy to moderate
Duration: 2-3 hours

Mangrove Boat Trip

ban talae nok village - magrove kayaking

Together with a local boatman and your village guide strike out into the network of canals and waterways surrounding the village. This trip will take you through the tangled mangrove forests. You'll learn about how important this important habitat, which exists between the fresh and the salt water, is so important to the health of the ecosystem and to the livelihoods of the villages. Wildlife you are likely to see include aquatic birds and possibly Crab-eating Macaques and Sea Otters.

Exertion level: easy
Duration: 2-3 hours

Trek through the Tropical Forest

ban talae nok village - jungle trek

An area of original tropical forest can be found on a hill nearby Ban Talae Nok. With a local guide take an adventure into the forest seeing a variety of wildlife including monkeys, giant black squirrels and exotic birdlife such as white-throated kingfishers and great hornbills.

Exertion level: moderate
Duration: 2-3 hours

Beach Fishing

ban talae nok village - beach fishing

It's time to catch your own dinner! Watch very carefully as two fishermen walk out to sea 20 meters, to about waist high, each holding one end of a fishing net. After hooking the bottom section of net with their big toe, the fishermen will walk slowly back towards the beach, entrapping fish as they go. The fishermen walk up onto the beach and you help them remove the fish from the net. The smaller fish can be released back to sea, while the larger fish are cooked for lunch or dinner. Now it's your turn to get wet!

Exertion level: easy to moderate
Duration: 1-2 hours

Wild Animal Rescue and Conservation Center

ban talae nok village - wildlife rescue

This Animal Rescue and Education Center provides a safe sanctuary for mistreated or sick wildlife, mostly gibbons and monkeys. A highly-trained group of rangers care for the sick animals and prepare them for their release back into the wild. Visitors can take a guided tour around the sanctuary, and learn about Thailand's native animals and what steps are being taken to protect these beautiful creatures.

Exertion level: easy
Duration: 1 hour

Sea Fishing

ban talae nok village - sea fishing

Spend a day at sea with the fishermen. Experience the life of a traditional fisherman in a long tail boat. Heading out through the mangroves in a long-tail boat and into the nearby seas and offshore islands spend a night with the fisherman placing and then hauling in traditional fishing nets or squid traps. Learn about the marine life of groupers, red and white snapper, tuna and barracuda. You'll also learn about sustainable fishing techniques and the variety of traditional traps and nets used to catch squid, lobster, crabs, and fish. And if you are lucky, witness a pod of dolphins that frequent the Ban Talae Nok coast.

Exertion level: easy to moderate
Duration: 3-5 hours