Nomads no more

Ko Bulon Don

A small island in the Andaman Sea, a village of Chao Leh people. Here their village is the only existing community, not fully reached by the outside world of modern thai life or tourism.
It is said to be impossible, even dangerous to enter this world as a farang (foreigner). But in fact people are extremly generous and friendly, curious and open.
Forced to stay in one place for years now, the sea gypsies are no longer nomads, but still live in a strong connection to the sea and their occupation is usually fishing. At the same time they live in between worlds, their own traditions start to fade, it seems the outside world doesn’t give the room for preserving their traditions. Their aim for a better life goes along with the need to assimilate to the thai culture and language.