Local Experience: (4 Days)

Authentic Moken Experience On Koh Surin Island
4.5

Overview

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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

Description

DESCRIPTION

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

Local Host

the Team

Enjoy your trip with the Team

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!

Location:

Surin Island

Address: Surin Island, Thailand


FAQ

1. How do I know if a local can be trusted?

We have incorporated several measures to ensure safe and trustworthy experiences:

a. References

We ask every local for references, like experiences from volunteers and/or travelers, NGO's and government bodies.

b. Quality check

We have verified information such as name, address, social profiles, phone number, payment details and description of experience.

c. Frequent contact

We had contact with the locals frequently by phone and/or email

d. Review system

The local can be reviewed after an experience, giving you greater confidence in the experience.


2. Do the locals speak English?

In general they speak English, but in some cases people didn’t receive proper English education. In those cases there will be an English-speaking guide available.

3. How much time does a local have to respond to my booking request?

Locals have 48 hours to officially confirm or reject booking requests. You will be updated via email about the status of your request.

4. How do I know a reservation is confirmed?

Once your request has been officially confirmed, you will receive an email notification from the local with all the necessary information

5. What happens if my reservation request is rejected or expires?

If your reservation request is rejected by the local or expires, no charge is made for the reservation and you are free to book with another local.

6. When do I need to make the payment?

As soon as your booking is confirmed the money will be captured from your account. The money will be paid to the local hosts once the experience has taken place.

7. How does the Tripcultr payment system work?

When submitting a booking request to a local, you provide your payment details and the payment method may be authorized for a charge. If the booking request is rejected or expires we do not complete the charge and any authorization is released.

8. What payment methods do you offer?

For the payment I Like Local supports several payment methods. Options may include:

Major credit cards and pre-paid credit cards: Visa, MasterCard.

9. Where do I find my receipt or itinerary for my booked activity?

Once you have a confirmed booking, your billing receipt and itinerary will be automatically emailed to you.

Your itinerary contains a lot of useful information about your reservation, such as the date and time of the activity, the number of people, the address, telephone number and email address of the local, and I like Local’s contact information.

10. How can I get in contact with a local?

As soon as your booking is confirmed by the local, which will be within 48 hours after your booking request has been sent, you will receive your itinerary by email. On this itinerary the telephone number and email address of the local are mentioned and you can arrange meeting point or pick-up location.

 


Alterations & cancellations

Can I cancel my booking and do I receive a refund?

You can cancel a confirmed booking at any time up to the moment of the activity. When cancelled more than 7 days prior to 12:00 am local time of the local experience date you will be refunded, except for the service fee.

When cancelled less than 7 days prior to 12:00 am local time of the activity no refund of the paid amount will take place

How do I alter a reservation?

If you want to change a reservation you can send the local an email with your request. In case you encounter any problems you can contact us via sales@tripcultr.com

How do I cancel a reservation?

To cancel your reservation send an email to sales@tripcultr.com. By cancelling the reservation, please note that you are initiating the cancellation and will be noted as the party responsible for the cancellation.

For what circumstances is a guest eligible for a refund?

We understand circumstances come up that affect travel plans. Depending on the case, a refund may be authorized outside of the cancellation policy and you may be given a full refund, meaning the local will receive no payout.

If you are cancelling due to extenuating circumstances, we will reach out to the local right away to explain the situation.

Extenuating circumstances cases will be contingent upon the reservation being cancelled prior to the check in date and upon you contacting Tripcultr to provide proper documentation where valid. Only the cases found in the Tripcultr policy will be considered.

 

Please know that if you cannot provide the proper documentation, we will not be able to give you a refund for your reservation.

Types of documentation can include: notes from a medical professional on hospital letterhead explaining why you should not travel, a jury duty summons, a valid obituary or death certificate, etc.

Will I get my money back if a local cancels or doesn’t show up?

In case the local cancels the booking you will receive the total amount paid.

How do I get a refund?

Refunds are issued for many reasons. For each situation, certain conditions may apply (see below). Just send us an email with the reason you would like to get a refund together with proof if required. We will then process your request and email you the outcome.

Once you receive notification that you'll be receiving a refund, it takes 5-7 business days to be reflected on your statement after which we process them. Some refunds issued to international credit cards occasionally take up to 30 days to be reflected. Refunds issued to PayPal accounts occur within 24 hours.


Reviews

Traveller Name: The Lolley Family

Rating: 5

Date: 28-Dec-2015

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.

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