This route takes us back in time with the legend of Takua Pa Old City. We then visit the SAORI Training Centre to view ancient Japanese textile weaving, learn about organic agriculture, kayak through mangrove forests, stroll along the beach at Ban Tha Din Daeng, and finish our journey at the unspoiled islands of Ko Yao Noi and Ko Yao Yai, set in the magnificent Phang-nga Bay.
We start on the route by touring around Takua Pa Old City, about 7 kilometres from Amphoe Takua Pa. In the past, this area was an important source of cardamom, which attracted traders from India, Persia, China, Britain, Australia and Holland. Many Chinese married local women, and their male children were called by the honorific title of ‘Baba’, while the females were known as ‘Nyonya.’ Presently, it is estimated that over 90% of Takua Pa residents are Baba descendants. The area was also once rich in mineral resources, namely tin and lead, and Takua Pa became a mining capital.
Today’s first activity is kayaking through the mangrove forests with a local guide. The thick shrubs and trees make many natural tunnels through which to paddle. At the same time as getting some exercise and enjoying the natural surroundings, we are able to learn some local wisdom by using a ‘crab trap,’ a simple method to catch black crabs. We reach Khlong Tha Din Daeng, a waterway flowing to the Andaman Sea. Before returning, we stop at a fish enclosure where bait is used by villagers to put on a fish show for visitors. The stars of this show are sea bass, groupers, large oysters, and puffer fish.
Up early, we can catch first rays of light shining over a myriad of islands off the coast of Krabi from a vantage point called Hat Laem Baek.
We start this morning at Hat Pa Sai, a beautiful stretch of sandy beach, famous for its sea almond trees decorated with cloth bands as notification that they are the homes of hornbills. More than 200 hornbills live on the island.