Luxury boutique resort, The Sarojin, has launched fascinating new ‘Day in the Life of a Local’ tours, designed to showcase authentic Thailand and take guests into the heart of the local community surrounding the resort.
During their adventures, guests will travel to Khao Lak’s rural areas and shadow a local fisherman, a Buddhist monk, an elephant mahout, a fruit farmer and a market seller as they go about their daily lives. Ideally suited for those with an interest in experiential travel, these new tours present a variety of ways in which to dig beneath the surface of Thailand and gain a deeper insight into local culture through first hand experiences.
Whether guests are looking for cultural immersion or simply to catch a glimpse of local life away from the tourist trail, The Sarojin’s ‘Day in the Life of a Local’ tours offer an interactive way to discover rural Thailand.
From helping to catch a white grouper with a Khao Lak fisherman to scrubbing the hide of playful elephant with a village mahout, guests can enjoy local experiences that cannot be found elsewhere and really feel what it is like to live as part of the rural community in a sensitive and cooperative way.
Among the range of experiences available, guests can follow in the footsteps of Roj who has looked after a family of elephants for over 14 years. Accompanied by The Sarojin’s expert guides, Roj will share his Thailand with interested guests and provide a slice of his everyday life in caring for these enchanting mammals. Along the way guests will help Roj with his daily tasks, which include feeding, bathing, and riding the elephants bareback through the dense jungles that surround The Sarojin. Guests will also have plenty of time to interact with Roj’s family, who reside in village huts amidst the rainforests on the edges of Khao Sok National Park.
Guests can experience a day in the life of a native fisherman with the help of Tar. Since 1996, Tar has been a regular face in the small coastal fishing village of Baan Nam Kham where Thai fishing fleets play an important role in the economy. Tar offers a great opportunity to ‘go native’ and travel aboard a traditional boat before teaching guests how to catch a variety of fish, using traditional line methods and rod fishing.
With their fresh catch in tow, Tar will lead guests on a breathtaking journey through the tranquil estuaries of the magnificent mangrove forest, culminating with a tour of a local fish plantation to learn about the importance of fish farming in Thailand.
Alternatively, for a true taste of plantation life, guests can take a local tour with 50-year-old Nuii, who has been running his own plantation for over 30 years. Throughout their time with Nuii, guests will help him to cut rubber trees for latex sap, which is used to produce rubber and is often a substantial source of income for the locals, and attend to his magosteen and Rambutan (native Thai fruits) farm. Guests will also help to collect his children from school and source food along the riverside – especially shrimp, crab and fish – to cook for the family dinner. It is a great way to discover rural Thailand from the comfort of a family home and workplace.
Local markets tend to be where guests see real local life and The Sarojin offers an excellent opportunity to experience bustling street life and meet the friendly people who dwell there. Shadowing a street market seller, guests will interact with ordinary Thai people going about their everyday business of shopping for food and other items. The market in Khao Lak is always a hive of activity where all kinds of people rub shoulders, both for shopping and to sell their fresh produce. The tour provides a window on market life and showcases its important part in daily Thai society.
Other experiences include a special opportunity to shadow a Buddhist monk. Guests will rise at 4.00am to participate in religious meditation, prayer and chanting; accompany the ordained monks for key meal times and join in giving thanks for their blessings; help with the day-to-day running and maintenance of the temple; and receive Buddhist teachings throughout the day – a wonderful way to learn about the country’s most prevalent religion and gain a more authentic encounter with natural Thailand.
“Our new ‘Day in the Life of a Local’ tours combine a five-star level of comfort with an interest in the local culture and environment,” said Kate Kemp, Co-Owner of The Sarojin.
“It is a key hotel policy to help our guests delve deeper into authentic local culture. By engaging with our local people, guests will venture beyond the tourist paths and discover a new way of seeing things, allowing them to return home with a slice of the real Thailand and memories that will last a lifetime.”
Rates for a full day ‘Day in the Life of a Local’ tour start from THB6100 (approx. A$211) per person.
Select Vacations is offering special nightly rates at The Sarojin priced from $249 in a Garden Residence and $325 in a Pool Residence. These rates are per person per night including complimentary all-day a la carte breakfast with sparkling wine, a welcome drink and cold towel, daily fruit in room and weekly hosted cocktail evenings.
Rates are valid for travel 1 November – 23 December 2013 and 1 – 31 March 2014. For bookings plus details of Early Bird and Honeymooner offers, contact Select Vacations on 1300 731 531.
About The Sarojin
The Sarojin is beautifully set on an 11 kilometre stretch of secluded white sand beach in Khao Lak, a 55-minute drive north of Phuket International Airport, and is surrounded by five spectacular national parks and the world-famous dive sites of the Similan and Surin Islands.
Designed in a contemporary Asian style, the five-star resort’s 56 deluxe residences are nestled within 10 acres of tropical grounds leading directly onto the beachfront. To maintain a peaceful and relaxing experience for guests, children under the age of 10 are unable to stay at The Sarojin.
The Sarojin receives continual recognition in prestigious award presentations and listings, most recently collecting Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence 2013 for the sixth consecutive year.