National Geographic : 2005 Apr
reparing for the rains t is as inevitable as the sunrise: The monsoons, which turn the Andaman Sea ferocious and unnavigable, are coming. During the worst of the wind and rain, mainly in May, June, and October, the Moken take refuge on land-some here on the Lengan Islands. Men and women, young and old, comb the forest for wood, bamboo, and pan danus leaves for building temporary houses (below). Old boats receive special care: Barnacles and algae that accumulate on the hull during months at sea are burned off with a smoldering roll of pandanus leaves. It is also time to build new boats for young men and to gather sea life and shells that the tides uncover.