In 1844, the ancestors of Ban Phu decided to relocate from their village on the eastern side of Mekong River to this peaceful area of flat land in the valley. Their new settlement soon became part of what is now known at Mukdahan province, a Northeastern Thai province which shares a border with Laos. Tall trees surround in all directions, with the small community well-known locally for its traditional farming and unique handicraft businesses.
The most interesting aspect of this little valley village lies in their nonchalant vibe. Locals genuinely care about each other – while age-old traditions are still cherished. Everything you’ve heard about the ‘slow life’ in Thailand’s Isaan region seems to appear before your very eyes in Ban Phu. Cultural aspects like the unique language, games they play, drum parades, Phu Thai dance and the Bai Si ceremony all resonate positivity. Their cuisine emphasizes home-grown ingredients and their traditional dress even brings back hand-sewn indigo-dyed shirts into fashion.
A number of skilled, knowledgeable individuals, both old and young, are on hand to meet outside visitors and share their wisdom on how to fully embrace nature and their many resources. They dye their own fabric using tree bark and mud. Local fruit and vegetables also make for perfect homemade skincare cream and lotion (which are definitely not like the overpriced ones found in your typical department store).