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BONDING WITH THE MOKEN SEA GYPSIES | มาเล่นมาชิวกับชาวมอแกนกันดีกว่า!

BONDING WITH THE MOKEN SEA GYPSIES | มาเล่นมาชิวกับชาวมอแกนกันดีกว่า!

After a few days of adjusting-ourselves-to-primitive-island-life, it was time to properly bond with the lovely Moken Sea Gypsies.  We came up with games, taught them to sing, and simply hang out with them, trying to learn as much as possible about them and their way […]

FIRST GLANCE OF NORTH & SOUTH SURIN ISLANDS | THAILAND

FIRST GLANCE OF NORTH & SOUTH SURIN ISLANDS | THAILAND

The sound of the calm ocean woke me up as a warm, gentle breeze with a hint of salt hit the tip of my nose.  With my eyes still closed, I was reminded that I had just spent my first night on an island.

ARRIVING AT THE MOKEN VILLAGE, SURIN ISLAND | THAILAND

ARRIVING AT THE MOKEN VILLAGE, SURIN ISLAND | THAILAND

Last year I had a spontaneous trip to the Surin Island National Park in the South of Thailand, and this trip has and will surely remain my Top 10 favourite trips of all time.

Accompanied by my childhood friend and her freediving instructor, I hopped on a speed boat from Phang-Nga province in the West coast and headed off to our destination.  Just like most tour boats, there is a mix of foreign and Thai travellers and some staff from the touring company.  I however spotted a small group of young men who didn’t look like visitors from abroad.  They didn’t look like guides either.

They all had very similar features, height, big shiny eyes and beautiful dark skin.  They spoke some sort of dialogue in which didn’t at all sound familiar to me.  My freediving instructor then explained that they were the “Mokens”.

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