Koh Bulon-Lae
The secret of Andaman Sea

Koh Bulon-Lae

Koh Bulon-Lae fishing village of about 100 Chao Lae people, “Sea Gypsies”, is located at Panka Bay, on the west side of the island. The village, a 15 minute walk from the Pansand, is reached by a trail crossing through the island’s ancient forest. This path, leads up and over the hilly central island, passing through lavish vegetation. The forests of this region are among the earth’s oldest, richest and most diverse.

Mango Bay, located on the island’s south side, also can be reached by a short walk through the forest. Along this path, several rubber trees are farmed for latex. The Chao Lae living at Mango Bay primarily fish for squid.

Several small shops near the Pansand sell basic necessities and supplies, including hammocks and fruit. Near the shops, is the island’s public school, attended by around 35 children from the village.

To view the island from the sea, longtail boat excursions can be organized. From a boat, both Bat Cave and Nose Cave can be accessed.

Exploring the flora and fauna of the island introduces visitors to one of the oldest ecosystems in the world. The birds—including many migrating species—are often easier to hear than to see, but sightings are common of a number of song birds and larger birds, including various hornbills. Hornbills predate Europe’s Alps.

Occasionally, the diesel engines of longtail fishing boats can be heard, but otherwise (since the island has no cars), the sounds of birds, reptiles, mammals, insects and all the island creatures are prominent, and always entertaining.