Floating eco-resort at tsunami-hit village

eco-resort at tsunami-hit village

Villagers in the southern province of Phang-nga welcome tourists wanting to learn their way of life, at a floating eco resort. The business helps locals earn income after their village was struck by the December 26 tsunami almost four years ago.

Baan Kra-chang, an eco-friendly resort, is an idea initiated by local residents to earn a living after they lost their fishing equipment when the Boxing Day tsunami struck the village four years ago.

The floating resort, located in a mangrove area in Khura Buri district, promotes eco tourism as well as the traditional way of life of locals. Tourists who stay here have the chance to learn about local fishing and floating basket fish farming.

Thai cooking and handicraft workshops are also available for female tourists who want to learn the duties of local housewives. Other activities such as diving, forest trekking and boat rowing in the abundant mangrove forest are also available to raise awareness of environment conservation and of living in harmony with nature.

“Tourists can learn how to make natural tie-dyed cloth from our group or they can go out to sea by long tail boat with local fishermen to lay nets, the local fishing method,” said Rokima Tohfor, Baan Krachang Housewife Group coordinator.

The community-run resort not only helps locals earn supplementary income but also helps tourists learn more about the local livelihood of fishermen. Baan Krachang resort is another option for tourists who want to experience the real life of fishermen in this Andaman coastal province.

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