Ban Thale Nok
Ban Thale Nok is located in the District of Kum Puan to the South of Ranong. It is a traditional Islamic fisherman’s village where people still lead a simple way of life. Originally, the village was divided into 2 parts, one located next to the sea while the other is located to the north close to the rainforest. Dating back to 2004 when the tsunami hit the Southern part of Thailand, the village was completely washed away. In rebuilding their homes, local villagers recognized the importance of mangroves as protection from natural disasters; the new village was built having the notion of conserving nature in mind.Today, Ban Thale Nok is an ecological tourist attraction. The site provides comfortable home stays, which offers visitors to experience the local and traditional way of life. The accommodation provides visitors with a clean bed, soft pillows, and a protective mosquito net along with a fan. The home stays are individually decorated in a unique and creative style. The options range from beautiful wooden houses to newly built houses with newly decorated interior and furniture.Ban Thale Nokfeatures several exciting activities including a 2-hour boat trip with guide included to learn about the area’s ecological system and casual sightseeing. During evenings, visitors can witness local fishermen trawling fish in from sea. The bigger sized fish are kept for cooking while the little ones are released back to sea.The village is also famous for its handicrafts. During its darkest period when the tsunami hit and destroyed the village and took lives, locals were in deep misery. A group was then established to create handicraft merchandises. Not only did people have an activity to get their minds off things, handicrafts provided them with a sufficient income to assist them in rebuilding their homes and provide families with meals. The 2 main products are soaps and batik painting. Not only are the products made for sale, but locals are also willing to teach visitors too.