Have you ever noticed some of the dreamy, exotic scents as you walk through an old town? Here at Ban Ta Ma O Community, you’ll notice a fragrant hardwood smell in the air, as it has done for over a hundred years. Over a century ago, the wood industry in Northern Thailand’s Lampang was booming. Many old houses were built with quality hardwood are still in good condition today, and considered architectural masterpieces made by experts during that period. They have now become a classic Lanna attraction for today’s visitors to admire – and sometimes head inside to explore.
Like other old villages in the north, the smell of delicious local food cooked with ingredients exclusively found in the area is something you’ll also be captivated by as you wander around the community. Tuck into dishes, from Hung Lay curry to chili dip and stir-fried gurmar with egg – a simple dish consisting only naturally-grown gurmar and two eggs.
Another interested aspect of life here is the noticeable retro vibes and the Lanna culture that’s been inherited through generations. This includes traditional instruments being played at community festivals like the “Fon pee” spiritual dancing event, and the crafts created by community masters like the “Pang prateep” candles, “Tung payayor” decorative perforated papers, “Suay kab” offering ornament, prayer candles and hand-made horseshoes. These all deserve to be experienced first-hand to be fully appreciated.