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Published on : Thursday, August 31, 2017
The beautiful village, Koh Klang, located in the southern portion of Thailand is a virgin hideaway that is making the best efforts to upgrade the livelihoods of the local inhabitants through community-based tourism models.
Tourists can choose to enjoy a ride on a traditional long-tailed boat through the mangroves from Chao Fa pier, to check out the unique country lifestyle of the Koh Klang village that is a home to about 5,000 people.
Riding around the island aboard a personal tricycle, fishing and tie-dying are some of the interesting activities on offer at this village.
A community representative here, named Sopha Koh Klang who is responsible for supervising development of community based tourism in this region said that there are 15 communities in Krabi province that are under the support from the community based tourism project lying within the tourism industry of Thailand.
Community based tourism includes local residents inviting tourists to visit their communities.
The tourists receive facilities of accommodation and the residents, in turn are capable of earning an income thanks to the manifold tourism activities occurring inside the community. Sopha said that tourists are turning to Koh Klang to get a chance to observe how the regional people lives their lives in community-friendly and sustainable techniques.
One of the owners of a local homestay in Koh Klang, Paramatta Chuaykarn told the media that community based tourism goes a long way in helping the locals find employment via restaurants, homestays and much more.
A local community based tourism group, Local Alike is presently undertaking tourism capacity building programs in seven communities in Thailand.
Chavanee Tongroach who is an associate professor and also the deputy Minister for Tourism and Sports of Thailand recently mentioned in the opening of the ASEAN Travel Journo Camp in Bangkok that the ASEAN region needs to work together with each other to come up with more community based tourism projects.