The dense tangle of mangroves here are protected by a group of fisherfolk who recognise their ecological importance. Mangroves are the ocean’s nurseries, fostering the next generation of marine species, as well as resident birds and crustaceans, and this bay is now Ko Chang's prime ecotourism site.

Villagers, working in conjunction with Khun Pittaya, of Ban Kwan Chang elephant park, operate an award-winning program to preserve the environment and traditional way of life. They rent kayaks through the Salak Kok Kayak Station and run an affiliated restaurant.