“Can You Hear, See, Smell, Taste, Touch Me, Now?”
― Mark M. Smith
Experiences through senses can create different perspectives, that people usually never pay attention to, and remind about the basics that receive information to the brain: mouth –the taste, nose – the aroma-, ears – the hearing, eyes – the sight, body – a touch.
My name is Chock – โชคดี – which in Thai Language means “ lucky ” . I’m a time traveler, I visit Thai-Puan Village several times, each touristic spot has its history and it deserves to be counted through a multisensory experience while connecting all our senses with landscape andlocal heroes. Everything that brings us out of our comfort zone, an experience, a trip, nourishes our vision of the world. The environment and its character, and of course, each person with whom we relate and share our personal stories. I believe in a kinder, more conscious and more human world, and we have found a way to get closer to it: unexpected multisensory expeditions.Multisensory tourism is the future of tourism industry.
This is the inner-voyage to Thai-Puan Village which is located on Nakhon Nayok province which is an ancient town with a population of 256,000. Located 105 kilometers in the North-East of Bangkok . Nakhon Nayok is the favorite place for natural and cultural tourism.
Puan or Thai-puan are the people of Xiangkwangdistrict in Laos PDR. During 1779 -1826 there was the main immigration into Thai territory and they founded many small communities from the North , northeast , central and east of Thailand .
“Upon my arrival in the city , I invented a dance with the emotion of my heart while contemplating the rice and banana fields. My breathing was a drumbeat. My hands embraced -three times- the size of my own body. Even with closed eyes , I am able to see the wonders of the world because in a flash a blue bird crossed my thought. The poet narrates the Universal History of Humanity with the History of Love”.
In Thai-Puan Village is a privilege spot to recharge your energy with superior relaxation. A self-discovery journey!
Thai-Puan Village Multisensory Expedition:
Thai-puan village is famous for their crafts and herbs . This is a pandan hand-made bouquet to express gratitude and kindness . Pandan leaves are also used to make tea and in Thai-sweets. Visit Thai-Puan Village to learn how to make your own food and beverages, you can make your own purple tea and enjoy its benefits on health.
Did you know that Lemon drops can turn our blue butterfly pea tea into purple? Preaw –our Thai partner in this journey- is excited to try butterfly pea leaves in her icy tea for lunch. Living the Thai-Puan lifestyle.
Heeb sib! Heeb sid!
Heeb sib-song is to celebrate the hard work in agriculture. Thai-Puan people express their gratitude the 12 months of the year. Thai-Puan is an agricultural society that benefits from community-based economy and community values .
Thai-Puan usually “Lum” or sing along with wooden flutes . The lyrics describe Thai-Puan believes , daily life and courtship . The Lum-Puan is the favorite entertainment for people of all ages but difficult to keep alive nowadays.
Singing is required to get your partner in love and to welcome visitors to the village.
Keep in touch to know if Miss Suree accepts Mister Chachai’s love.
Language singing music
It is never lost in translation ,it is lost in love and kindness!
Phuan Language is an ancient language similar to Laos and Phu Tai of the Northeastern but the pronunciation is morealike in central Thais . There are two types of written characters, the Dharma alphabet and vowels are for the sacred matters and the Thai Noi alphabets and vowels are for general matters . The phuan language have 20 alphabetic sounds , 21 vowels sound and 6 tonal marks . The outstanding pronunciation are some of the nasal and refrain from pronouncing the final consonant in word with long vowels sounds.
Sounds of nature
Khun-dan dam; Thai-Puan villagers enjoy the fresh water from the waterfalls in the Khao-Yai National Park. By going on boat or by cycling around Thai-Puan Village will connect your sense with nature. Thai-Puan village is good place for retreat.
It is located on the bank of a canal ( Tah- Dang canal ) . Wat means “Monastery”. Wat Fungklong was built by Thai-Puan in 1857 and has been continuously supported by the surrounding communities. Wat Fungklong plays a key role in religious activities , and as a community center for education and culture.
All time travelers are welcome to join this multisensory expedition!
Their colors are full of stories, Thai-Puan people is full of mixtures . Our local heroes keep alive Thai-Puan culture and textile tradition. During our expedition , Miss Suu Pah Poon wore a dress made with recycled materials. Since 2017; Thai-Puan started an eco-friendly initiative. We turn your trash into Thai Batts. Thai-Puan people love green and keep harmony with landscape.
Thai-puan village is not only a place to release yourself and enjoy the slow-life. A mixture of flavors will awake all your senses. Fresh water lily leaves are collected to be part of Thai-Puan menu . This is a 200 years old recipe.
Every Thai-Puan dish has a story behind!
If you like someone and you don’t know how to approach the person, invite her to a Thai-Puan sticky rice barbecue.
This is the perfect chance for matchmaking. Rice is an essential part of Thai-Puan daily life. In Thai-Puan Village, time travelers create their own memories.
Suan Thong Mol/Mon is part of the Thai-Puan village that allows visitors to experience farming and agriculture. You can make your own bio-fertilizer; pick-up your veggies and eggs for lunch. Food enhances the sense of belonging. Thai-Puan villagers allow you to experience their harvest . They are hard working and well assimilated to their new place and neighbor but they preserve their Thai-puan unique culture.
As a time traveler, I came to Thai-Puan Village to become a Master Chef.
Thai-coffee, bananas and solid eggs are the perfect snacks to boost your energy every morning . Since 1998, Thai-puan people got the perfect recipe to make tasty solid eggs .
Thai-Puan people combine the elements of nature such as rice into their cuisine and they invite you to make your own rice dessert.
If you have an adventurous spirit , ATV in Thai-Puan village is the best option to boost adrenaline! Enjoy surroundings!
Discover Thai-Puan people hospitality . Thai-Puan village iscommunity-based , there are three main pillars : Village – people- , School , Temple. The combination of these elements create a strong community where visitors can feel their welcoming ceremonies and smiles.
Awake your senses
Those wonderful women in yellow clothing perform the ceremony to call the spirits . The calling spirit ceremony has been passed from generation to generation . It is another way to keep alive their beliefs and preserve Thai-Puan language. They express gratitude to their ancestors and welcome you to be part of the Thai-Puan family.
Bai-Sri which is a ritual to call spirits for protection and to attract good fortune. Thai-Puan people gather around the leader of the ritual or Moh Kwan who recited the greeting poem in front of the Bai-Sri that is made of banana’s leaves.
As a time traveler, how intuitive can you be to settle down a village?
The monk Lung Pho Para – The Abot- led Puan people from Laos to Tha Dang .Surrounded by the canal’s water and fertile soil ; Thai-Puan -an agricultural community -settled their first Buddhist temple here-. In Thai-Puan Village you will be able to do a marriage with monks every morning at 6am.
There are new ways to collaborate, to grow together and to continue caring for regional identity, elevating our multisensory experience to a cultural level and into the tourism industry.
I appreciate the opportunity offered by Thailand Village Academy to become a Thai-Puan Villager and share stories together. I can say in Thai-Puan language: Khob Kej. The singing of the Thai-Puan people is like the singing of the birds that reply each other from one mountain to another , symphony of senses and voices, chanting in community .