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Authentic moken experience on koh surin island

Surin island, Thailand

The Activity


  • Learn traditional Moken spear fishing
  • Experience traditional village life and learn about their culture
  • Learn to row a traditional Moken wooden chaban boat “rowboat”
  • Follow the trails of the Moken people and the medicinal use of plants
  • Snorkel in the crystal clear waters of Surin Island
  • Have a village tour organized by a local guide
  • Duration: 4 days
  • The minimum number of participants is 2


Experience the coral reefs, crystal clear waters and jungle-clad mountains of Koh Surin with its original inhabitants, the indigenous Moken people. Explore the village with your Moken local guide to learn about their traditional way of life. Learn how to spear fish and witness the impressive swimming and diving techniques of the Moken while snorkeling at different spots around the islands. You have also the chance to explore the surroundings by rowing a traditional Moken wooden Chaban boat or by going for a hike in the surrounding mountains. Your local guide can tell you everything about traditional uses of plants on the nature trail. Do not worry, one of our team members will help you to communicate with your guide!

Price includes:

  • Round trip boat transfers
  • Thai/English translator
  • Accommodation in tent
  • Bedding
  • Meals
  • National Park entrance fee
  • Activities
  • Insurance
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We are a team of 6 people plus community partners seeking to serve the needs of local communities. We have successfully implemented over 120 projects in 12 villages by listening to and working with the villagers themselves. The traditional Moken people, a group of nomadic seafarers, have been forced to live on within the boundaries of the Koh Surin National Park as a result of the modern environment. We began working with the Moken to develop a community based tourism group so that they have more control over the tourism that is taking place within their village. We have facilitated guide trainings and tourism meetings have taken place to give the Moken more confidence and the skills needed to develop the tourism in their village sustainably and respectfully. The Koh Surin Moken Program offers a way for the Moken to gain a supplementary income and take pride in their amazing heritage!


Tourism at it's best! To learn about the Mokin culture from the Mokin people themselves is to feel like you are part of something good, something reciprocal. It is vastly different than walking through their village as a gawking spectator with one of the big tour groups. They are gentle, shy and vastly wise about the region. We have much to learn from them. Time in the village and snorkeling with Moken guides were equally unforgettable.

28 Dec 2015

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$ 582.16 p.p.
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$ 582.16 p.p.