Live a Simple Life, Pong Huai Lan, Chiang Mai (1D)

Pong Huai Lan,Chiang Mai,Thailand
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With the cooperation of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), memorable trips of the King’s Wisdom for Sustainable Tourism Project were presented. Pong – Huai Lan, Chiang Mai, is a Lanna village nestling in the hills and surrounded by rice fields in a varying shade of either green or gold. Live like a local, experience healthy Northern food and visit Huai Lan Reservoir, King Rama IX’s initiative for solving water scarcity.

Ms TZU-WEN LIN ( 9.8 )

April 24, 2018 · Taiwan

  • Lunch
  • Local guide in community and English speaking Guide
  • Workshops mentioned
  • Government tax 7%
  • Travel insurance
  • Try Northern Thai delicacies
  • Cycling through Pong-Huai Lan Village, surrounded by lush green ricefield
  • Local handicrafts that ANYONE can make! Taught by local craft-masters
USD per guest

9.30 a.m. Arrive at Bann Pong Huay Lan with warm welcome from locals and fresh herbal drink 09.45 a.m. Pong-Huai Lan and its Royal Initiatives Project Get to know the community better through stories about the royal initiatives project which established the forest preservation unit and built Huai Lan Reservoir. Officers from the Royal Forest Department will bring you interesting stories about the King Bhumibol’s initiative ideas on how the land and area should be properly managed for sufficient livelihood. 10.30 a.m. Fishery Department of Pong Huay Lan Listen to the success of the Royal Initiatives project from local guide and also the missions of Fishery deparment which enhance the local’s livihood. Then, learn the process of farming Tilapia fishes which became a significant food resource of the community, from how to breed, fish nursery, bending genders and breeder selection. 11.30 a.m. Huai Lan Reservoir, where a full tank of spirit is preserved Explore the beauty of the reservoir and enjoy its natural atmosphere. Capture your scenic memories and impression through the camera lens. Highlight of this spot is a royal pavilion of the King Rama IX where his majesty stayed when he visited the community.

12.00 p.m. Lunch together with simple local dishes cooked by villagers. 1.00 p.m. Grandma Som’s Farm Visit a sufficiency economy based farm. Have a talk with Grandma Som who adopts Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy, growing enough to eat first and selling surplus later. 1.30 p.m. Weaving Handicraft - Art of the Nation Get hands on experience by do the traditional handloom weaving, thread spinning and all the weaving processes from the professional women group of the village which helps preserving traditional handicraft and local wisdom. 2.30 p.m. Wicker Handicraft – Simply made through your creativity The local scholars will demonstrate how to make wicker/weaving crafts e.g. making fish, birds, rice boxes or utensils by weaving bamboo filaments, rattan, coconut leaves or even pandan leaves. “Watch and Learn” and try to create a cute tiny rice box mobiles by yourself as a souvenir to take home. 3.30 p.m. Local dessert - nowhere else to be found Try a local dessert “Kanom-Khee-Maeo” or literally means cat poops dessert cooked with rice flour and coconut, served with fresh herbal juice. You can hand on and learn the simple recipe to make yourself at home. 4.00 p.m. Farewell to community and road back to Chiang Mai downtown. 4.30 p.m. Say goodbye to Pong – Huai Lan.

Preserved Cultural Identity of Host Population

Since their cultural heritage and way-of-life are key tourism resources, communities must remain their traditional customs, thus enriching cultural diversity. Community-Based Tourism may result in pride among local host individuals, which leads to the sustainable preservation of their cultural identity.

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