Ko Yao Noi is a predominantly Muslim community, where the people make their living from rubber plantations and fishing. The rubber industry is an integral part of Ko Yao Noi’s way of life. The farmers tap the rubber trees to collect the latex before dawn, and the collected latex is mixed with water and sulphuric acid to create rubber sheets and hung to dry, ready to be sold. When fishing, the fishermen on Ko Yao Noi use traditional techniques, in which the nets are used in combination with the knowledge on the tide’s level. In addition, there are several farms that use “krachang” or a cage to culture fish and lobsters. Even though the people on Ko Yao Noi do not earn a lot of money through rice farming, they still cultivate rice for their own consumption, in the hope that this treasured cultural heritage of the Thai people will not be lost.
Visitors to Ko Yao Noi can contribute to the community and help conserve the natural habitat by engaging in the mangrove reforestation activity. Remark: Please inform the homestay in advance should you want to participate in this activity.
While living in a homestay, apart from sharing meals and spending time exchanging culture with the family, visitors can also observe their daily activities; such as, going to the rubber plantations, exploring the traditional rice farming method, learning
Remark: The above programme is only an example of what is to be expected and is subject to change, depending on the weather conditions and other circumstances.