Visiting an ISLAND VILLAGE – Moken Sea Nomads of Thailand!! หมู่เกาะสุรินทร์

Mark Abroad

Koh Surin (หมู่เกาะสุรินทร์) – One of the reasons I was very interested to visit Koh Surin (หมู่เกาะสุรินทร์) island in Thailand is not only because it’s a gorgeous National Park, but also because it’s home to the Moken people – a sea nomadic community – experts of the ocean. So in the afternoon, we headed over to the village on the island, and it was an honor to walk around, and learn about the Moken people and their amazing culture. #Thailand #Andaman #island

Moken – or people of the sea – traditionally live in the Andaman sea islands around Thailand and Myanmar. Traditionally, Moken people would live partly from their boats, and partly on ground. But eventually this community settled on Koh Surin, forming a village.

One of the amazing things about the Moken is their acute knowledge of the sea. During the devastating tsunami in the Indian ocean in 2004, the elders of this village knew something as different, and they instructed everyone to climb to higher ground. Though the village was destroyed everyone from the village survived. It’s this sense of nature and the world that makes the Moken so special.

Though it was a short visit, it was interesting and a privilege to learn a little about the Moken people on Koh Surin (หมู่เกาะสุรินทร์) island.

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