Bees for Development Journal Edition 24 - September 1992

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BEEKEEPING AND TOURISM ON SAMUI J

SAMUI ISLAND is a Thai island off the

coast

of the Malay Peninsula. The central hill (600 m) is covered by jungle and in the lowlands there are coconut plantations and orchards. People on Samui used to live by fishing and cultivation, but recently the island has been spotlighted as a resort for tourists.

Nakamura, S Wongsiri, M Sasaki.

HAN NAKAMURA

Beekeeping with Apis cerana has been practised for 100 years and there are still many traditional beekeepers. One beekeeper puts on a show of traditional beekeeping to attract tourists.

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Traditional beekeeping on Samui is different from that in Northern Thailand, as log hives are placed horizontally rather than vertically as in the North. This might be a Chinese influence. Chinese refugees, escaping from China and aiming for Indochina or Malaysia when the Ching Dynasty was ruined may have landed on the island and taught native people to keep honey bee colonies in horizontal log hives. Mr Boontang,

a beekeeper using traditional methods, removes honey from a box hive.

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Inside a box hive

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