When the tide gets low in the afternoon, in the west of the island, tourists might see local people coming out and digging clams on the sandy beach. This clams called Hoi Rak in Thai, and it is quite an outstanding dish at Koh Haad Sai Dam.
Right now there are altogether 390 villagers at Koh Haad Sai Dam. 70% are Islamists, while other 30% are Buddists. They make a living by doing fishery, mainly netting fish, shrimps, squids and crabs, and making Kapi (salty shrimp paste).
In old days there were no electricity at all on this island, yet to day the government has brought in and installed solar panels at every house. This makes things much easier for both local people and visitors. Apart from countless fascinating beaches and rich mangrove forests, on the island you can also find school, mosque, monastery, and public health center.