The very simple way of life, of the people of the Bang Bao Village, is a far cry from the excessively abundant living of a lot of westerners and dwellers of the so-called new world, with a demonstration of just how effectively people can get by with a minimalist approach.
The Bang Bao villagers won’t be heard complaining however, as this is all they know but, one does get the sense that that’s exactly how they prefer it and this will be a sentiment echoed through a conversation with one or two of the elderly locals of the place.
While the sea definitely has two sides to it, with tsunamis and very rough tides experienced in other parts of the world, this part of Thailand perpetuates the calmer side of the sea, so much so that the Bang Bao Village extends out onto the sea.
Yes, the Bang Bao Village is built over the sea, with their house supported by stilts that extend into the floor of the sea, making for the 24/7 accessibility of the fishing aspect of their lives, around which their primary existence revolves.
Coastal fishing is the way of life here, as is probably the case with the entire island of Koh Chang, but more of a subsistence level prevails in the Village of Bang Bao, so you might have to make your way further into drier land to experience the subsequent seafood dining experience that may be induced by your witnessing of the freshness of the catch of the day.