Leeled Eco Tourism Community
Leeled Eco Tourism Community
Leeled is a small community hidden in the coastal district of Punpin in the southern province of Surat Thani. The region is known locally as the “Amazon of Thailand” thanks to its rich landscape of comprised of the vast ocean and mangrove forests. The locals have been living off the abundant and complex delta ecosystem in Ban Don Bay for centuries, developing a unique way of life and various know-hows. They have set up vocational groups for shrimp paste making, nipa palm dessert and wickerware. The seemingly endless mangrove forest not only protects the shoreline; it is also the habitat of various sea birds, and you can admire its grandeur from the side of a boat in the evening. Thanks to the regional abundance of fresh ingredients, the chili paste here is second to none. The aromatic paste uses large shrimps that are caught with a specialized trap. People also arrange these traps to collect different kinds of fish and mussels which go into making delicious local dishes, while their nipa palm dessert uses locally-grown coconuts. You’ll get the chance you pass under the shade of mangroves on a boat trip – feeling like you are on an adventure through a tropical rainforest. At dusk, the scenery is lit up by the pale green light from the firelies which beams all the way from the canal to the beachfront mangrove forest. The forest at Ban Don Bay is truly a natural wonder to which the locals’ lives are deeply connected.
Culture and Local Heritage
People’s lives in this eco-friendly fishing village are closely connected to the expansive ocean, abundant land and mangrove forest. Most of the locals here work as traditional fishermen, coconut orchard farmers and shrimp farmers.
The local wisdom revolves around the process of making shrimp paste with yellow shrimp (instead of the traditional way of using small shrimp).
- Explore the “Amazon of Thailand” and help with restoring the mangrove forest
- Experience the atmosphere of the traditional fisherman way-of-life
- Head out to see fireflies on an evening boat ride
Price for activities and food in community
1,700 Baht/person (minimum 6 persons)
Trip idea 2 days 1 night
Leeled – Unseen Thailand Tunnel
Price for 2 days 1 night program 8,000 Baht/person (minimum 6 persons)
*Accommodations, Acitivities in the community and meals are included
Air tickets and VAT are not included
|Arrive at Leeled Community “Tourism for Conservation”
|Lunch Leeled style with local Southern comfort food
|Immerse yourself in the fishermen’s traditional way of life here at the “Amazon of Thailand”.
|Have a dinner comprised of local dishes such as curcuma-fried mullet, raw shrimp paste, served with vegetables from the garden.
|After sundown, enjoy another highlight activity: a boat ride to see millions of fireflies lighting up the night’s sky.
|Depart Leeled Community
|First, make a stop at a café where you’re free to take photos and freshen up with some coffee. The local guide can recommend some great spots to suit your own preference, such as Vanilla Café & Bistro, Cafeteria, Day & Night Café Bar & Restaurant, and Cher Café.
|Next, head to Bang Baimai community. Here, you’ll go on a boat ride to the “unseen tunnel” and learn about life in the nipa palm forest as you float along the stream.
|Go for lunch at a local restaurant in Bang Baimai or your preferred place recommended by our local guide, such as Lucky Restaurant, Day & Night Café Bar & Restaurant, Sky Hill, Yok Keng, and Lao Ow.
|Go on a sightseeing trip around the city, in which you will get to:
|Head back to Bangkok
Laem Po beach
Wat Phra Borommathat Chaiya Ratchaworawihan
Rice Farm Villa
Price: 2,000 baht
Roi Ko Hotel
Price: 900 – 1,200 baht
Getting to the Community
Approximately 1 hour from Surat Thani Airport in Southern Thailand
Khun Pattarasaya Takua