Centuries ago, the Hokkien people escaped the cold and hardship of China and headed south to the Indochina Peninsula. Eventually, they arrived on the east coast of Southern Thailand. At the same time, Muslim migrants from Perlis in Malaysia had arrived on the west coast and the Thai Buddhists traveled from the north. This coming together of peoples subsequently shaped what is now known at Laem Sak district, where cross-cultural marriages between villagers of different nationalities and religions resulted in the facilitation of goods and cultural exchange. This was to later shape the Andaman fishing industry that’s still thriving in Southern Thailand today.
The cultural intersection between these three groups is diverse in terms of beliefs, cuisine, attire and arts, yet they have managed to peacefully coexist and trust each other for almost 100 years.
With the three cultures closely tied to one other, all of their most important attractions are conveniently situated within the same area. The Nyongya (Thai-born Chinese)’s Sok Po Si Aey Shrine is located only 150-200 meters from Mahatat Laem Sak Temple and Solahuddin Mosque. It’s only a short walk between these three fascinating spots.
From there, you can continue the tour along with the community master, passing through the evergreen forest to Khao Chang Mob where a special activity awaits – planting Paphiopedilum exul, an endangered local orchid. Kayak through the mangrove forest and sail further to Aow Luek Marine Park to experience the real fishermen’s way of life, witnessing them fish, as well as farm lobster, grow algae, make fishermen’s batik and cook local dishes, like Kapi rice and coconut-based dessert.