Cast a net with a fishing family, players in amazing true stories of heroic conservation, experience genuine community-based tourism, purchase green products made from recycled and natural materials, taste delicious, fresh seafood.
What to experience ?
Koh Yao Noi is a small island, located in Phang Nga bay (an hour by ferry from Baang Rong pier in Phuket ) inhabited by friendly Muslim families.
Koh Yao Noi is a small island, located in Phang Nga bay (an hour by ferry from Baang Rong pier in Phuket) inhabited by friendly Muslim families.
The highlight of your visit is to cast a net with your host families. They will show you how they catch fish by judging the rising and falling tides, and how they use traditional methods to catch only big fish. While you’re waiting for the tide to turn, and the fish to bite, there is time to visit the beautiful island, enjoy a picnic on the beach, or go for a swim. It’s usually possible to cook your catch with your host family in the evening, take some time to chat with your hosts, and be inspired by true stories about their struggle to conserve the sea.
Rubber is another important occupation in Koh Yao Noi. Early birds can collect rubber sap in the morning, and help roll huge sheets of rubber, which will be exported and made into tyres for cars around the world!
Respect Muslim culture: alcohol is prohibited, please dress modestly.
How does it help ?
In the 1990s, community members engaged in a heroic struggle against illegal trawlers to promote sustainable fishing and protect the ocean that their community had relied on for generations. Marine species increased in number, mangrove forests recovered and sea grass was replenished.
Community members later developed community-based tourism (CBT) as a bridge to share their story and way of life with guests interested in ‘staying with the fisherfolk.’
Tourism in Koh Yao Noi is planned and managed by over 30 families, it celebrates local life and culture, develops local skills and confidence, and builds environmental awareness among guests and hosts. Your stay contributes directly towards sustainable natural resource management, community development and the preservation and celebration of local Muslim culture.
This is one of the best, most highly respected CBT initiatives in the region.
The CBT club operates a rotation system for guides, activities, transport, and homestays. This helps to better spread opportunities to participate in and benefit from tourism. For over a decade, its active members have enjoyed 10-30% extra income per year.
The club also has a Community and Environment Fund, collected through a flat 100 Baht ($2.5 USD) charge per tourist / per visit.
Conservation activities include:
- reforestation, waste management, financial support and active participation by expert local guides in youth environmental camps; and
- maintaining sustainable aspects of traditional life, such as small-scale fishing and natural dying.
- Conservation activities are also often included directly in CBT programs, through activities such as mangrove planting.
Culturally, CBT has allowed Thai Muslim people to share their culture of hospitality, making friends around the world. They created rules and regulations for tourists, to control any potential negative impact on their lifestyle and culture.
- 2002 World Legacy Awards for Destination Stewardship by Conservation International and National Geographic Traveler
- Many awards from the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Ministry of Sports and Tourism
Please have moderate expectations of speed of response. You should contact the community at least 10-14 days in advance. You should contact the CBT Network coordination center in Chiang Mai, which helps communities to communicate in English. The CBT Network team will try to reply to your enquiry within 3 days.
CBT-Network Coordination Center (English Language)
Thiratee Chaijaree, CBT-N Coordinator based in Chiangmai 50100
Tel.+66-53 948286-7 | Fax : +66 5380 7001
Mobile : +668 1111 4871
Skype : thiratee
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org