Day 1: Bangkok - Rayong (-/L/D)
Depart from Bangkok to Ban Prasae in Rayong Province by private minibus (approximately 3.5 hrs). En route to the village we will visit one of the largest fruit orchards in the area, where you can enjoy a selection of tasty fresh fruits straight from the tree.
Upon arrival at the fishing village you will say hello to your generous hosts and then set off on a bicycle tour of the community. Ban Prasae was one of the largest fishery villages in the area and is located at the end of Prasae River. It used to be one of the most significant fishing ports in Thailand but these days with increased competition for diminishing fish stocks, the Ban Prasae community faces a challenge to maintain their traditional fishing methods and way of life. Consequently the local people have chosen to open up their homes and operate a small tourism project to help support their traditional way of life. After lunch take a cycle ride around the area, the highlight of which will be a visit to the fertile mangrove forest called Toong Pong Thong. Afterwards there will be plenty of free time to enjoy yourself and explore the village before settling down for the night in the company of your host family. Or you can take an optional tour of the mangrove forest to see the stunning visual displays of the fire flies.
Day 2: Island Hopping at Mon Nai and Mon Klang Island (B/L/D)
Sit down and enjoy a large breakfast before preparing for your boat journey to Mon Nai and Mon Klang Island for a day of snorkelling and swimming at their beautiful white-sand beaches.
During our trip you will also visit the sea turtle conservation project on the island, which is part of the Royal project, which works to cultivate the traditional way of life and preserve the natural resources of Thailand. After your trip, return to the homestay for a well deserved rest. Feel free to explore the village or enjoy a friendly chat with the locals before putting your head down for the night.
Day 3: Rayong - Bangkok/ Koh Chang (B/L/-)
Breakfast will be served at the homestay and then you will take a local “Sam Lor” (pick up) to visit the morning market, and if you are lucky, have the opportunity to offer food to the village monks as the make their morning alms round through the village on their way to the temple.
Afterwards you will return to homestay, pack up and say goodbye to our host family.
From here you can choose to transfer to the boat pier in Trad (about 2 hrs), then take a ferry across to Koh Chang or transfer back to Bangkok.
Please be advised:
In some villages you may not be allowed take pictures of people and some places may be out of bounds to visitors. If you wish to take photographs or are unsure whether an action is appropriate, please ask your local guide for advice.
The villagers’ income from tourists is to help support the community and preserve its way of life. We have designed our tours to provide them with job opportunities and a sustainable way of maintaining their cultural heritage and to offer an alternative to illegal activities like mineral exploration, deforestation and hunting wildlife.
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