Ban Talae Nok is apt naming for the village. The ban means village, Talae means sea, and Nok is used to describe something at a distance; translating to ”Faraway Village of the Sea” which is a perfect description for this quaint community perched on the Andaman Sea.
The traditional Ban Talae Nok way of life is characterized by fishing and farming, both crops and animals such as buffalo, cows, goats, chickens, and ducks. In the past villagers grew rice to exchange with their neighbors. Traditionally when the men come back from fishing, they stay at home repairing traps and nets in preparation for the next trip. The women helped by making wooden fish traps, baskets, and mattresses for their families, using the Pandan (a tree similar to a palm, with a strong fibrous leaf) which grows abundantly around the village. They also make the traditional thatch roof (made from ‘bai-jak’ palm) and shrimp paste which is used in most cooking dishes. Some women also go fishing near the shore or in the mangrove forest, to supplement the family’s income.
The beautiful beach of Ban Talae Nok has a distinctive golden tint, due to the presence of tin. The ten-kilometer stretch, part-owned by the National Park, is backed by Casuarinas pine trees, mangrove forest and small lagoons.
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