Explore! A Day as a Fisherman

Explore! A Day as
a Fisherman

A short ride by train and local truck away from Bangkok, the world of hard-working, friendly fishermen
await you. Pick cockles, learn how to make Thai desserts and get a hands-on experience
of life around beautiful mangrove forests and hidden canals.

WHY THIS TOUR?

A marriage of ecological endeavours to secure a sustainable fishing future for generations to come with an active, hands-on element to it lies deep in the heart of Samut Sakorn, a short train ride from Bangkok. Capturing fishing essentials from morning until afternoon with ample opportunities to mingle with various generations of fishing professionals, this truly describes the word “authenticity” from all angles.

The local vibe goes deep during this explore Asia experience: each visitor gets the chance to understand the local community and environment and the importance of planting mangroves in the area. This trip directly supports the local fisherman family and helps keep the spirit of agro-tourism strong.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Explore! A Day as a Fisherman

09:00 - 16:30

We will pick you up in the morning from our meeting point at Exit 1 of Wong Wian Yai BTS Station at around 9 am. From here, we head out to the local train station that rails away from Bangkok and follows the coastline to Bang Khun Tian, a small community that lives and works what the sea provides. Surrounded by mangrove forests, small hidden canals and the sea just a stone’s throw away, a more authentic side of Thailand simply cannot be given. From here, we board a ‘song taew’ (local truck) to the farm, just a few kilometres away from the sea.

Our day starts with a visit to a shrimp and cockle farmer who will show you how this very traditional means of labour is still very much effective. It is a delight to see each guest partaking in this maritime farming method as a very fun-filled activity when mingling with the locals. A workshop is next on the program: using only natural dye and material and under the guidance of one of the teachers and apprentices, making tie-dye handkerchiefs will be easy and something to take home with you as a souvenir.

A freshly cooked seafood lunch by one of the local families will break up the day to exchange the morning experiences with your fellow travellers before Uncle Sorn, our host for the day, guides us from a local boat pier for a scenic canal tour. If you really want to get further into the cockle picking, bring an extra pair of clothes. One has to go waist-deep in the muddy waters to fine-tune your cockle-picking skills. There are also kayaks available to explore the community along the canal.

Finally it is time to say goodbye as we embark on the boat, bus and train journey back to city life in Bangkok and the place where we started in the morning. Arrival at Wong Wian Yai BTS Station where we end the day.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation as outlined in the program (train and song taews)
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Local seafood lunch at a host family is included (food only)
  • Use of kayaks

EXCLUSIONS

  • Return transfers from / to your booked accommodation from / to the indicated meeting point
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on private basis with an English-speaking guide only.
  • Customers are required to transfer on own arrangement to the start of the experience; no transfers are included.
  • This excursion does not include return transfers from and to your booked accommodation. Customers are requested to get to the meeting point well ahead in time of the starting time on own arrangement. Should customers prefer to have a pre-arranged transfer included, supplements apply.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users. Part of this excursion includes walking over unpaved roads and paths. This may not suit guests with walking issues.
  • Bear in mind that such paths may turn slippery / muddy after a rain shower. We suggest wearing good walking shoes, preferred closed shoes, when booking this tour.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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