Ban Talae Nok Story

ban talae nok village - story

The Story of Ban Tale Nok

Ban Talae Nok is aptly named and loosely translates into "Village of the Faraway Sea." Surrounded by lush jungle, cashew orchards and grassy pastures, the village is an idyllic escape from the modern world. The long, uninhabited stretch of beach near Baan Talae Nok has a distinctive tint, due to the presence of tin.

History

The village was founded over 100 years ago and predates other villages on the peninsula. Goats wander freely throughout Ban Talae Nok and a herd of buffalo come to the beach to cool off in the evening. On evenings when the sky turns red, small shrimp come close to shore, and villagers gather on the beach to catch them with push-nets.

ban talae nok village - history

In the past, the village was divided into a cluster of homes on the beach, and one behind the mangroves. Lower Ban Talae Nok was completely destroyed by the December, 2004 tsunami.

The effect of the wave was severe — 47 people perished, including 8 children in the school. Upper Ban Talae Nok was spared since it is located away from the coastline, and 20 new homes were built by the Thai air force for tsunami victims.

The story of Ban Talae Nok is the story of a Muslim people living close to Nature. While the men fish, women stay at home and care for the children while shelling cashew nuts, weaving roofs from leaves and making fishing nets. The Mosque serves as the center for community social events, and the gentle sounds of prayers can be heard throughout the day.

ban talae nok village - livelihoods

In addition to the traditional livelihoods, the village has embraced ecotourism as both a means to generate income as well as to preserve their culture and the environment around them. The Ecotourism Club of Ban Talae Nok hosts visitors from all over the world. You can come for a day or spend a month living with the villagers.

For a long time, Ban Talae Nok was the only village in the area. In the 1970's and 1980's roads and schools reached the village. Telephones came with the mobile phone tower in 2008. Current residents tell stories of how, before the road, the sea was their main highway to neighboring towns and villages as travel overland was difficult and time consuming.

ban talae nok village - culture

Until the 1970's, the area around Ban Tale Nok was heavily forested and people depended upon tropical and mangrove forests for food, building materials and fuel. Uncontrolled harvesting of tropical forest resources has severely impacted the eco-system and the villager livelihood. Today the villagers realize the importance of conserving these resources. The village has a conservation forest which you can hike through and a mangrove forest conservation and re-forestation project.