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Nathon Cultural Tourism Community

Nakhon Phanom

About the Community

Stuck for ideas as to where to head to escape the city for the weekend? Then let us point you in the direction of Na Thon village, a sleepy yet culture-packed community in Thailand’s Northeastern Isaan region. Besides being awarded for their community-based travel services, this community also offers many long-standing festivities, such as the lively Boon Heet Sibsong, Ram Phi Mo and Liang Saeng ceremonies, the latter of which can only be found at Ban Na Thon.

This Thai Guan community takes pride in their heritage comprised of three different thriving industries. As the saying goes in these parts – after the rice harvest is over, women weave and men forge iron.

As well as seeing how the locals here go about their seasonal trade and work, another highlight of Na Thon has to be its traditional salt spa. If time permits, other activities include weaving fish traps & fishing equipment, learning about integrated farming and helping out with food preservation.

What will you learn?

See how this village’s industry revolves around the female-dominated weaving factories and male’s iron-hitting products. You’ll see how the ancient traditions and beliefs of the Thai Guan tribe have been preserved through religious rites which have been passed on for many decades.

Cultural and Local Wisdom Heritage

Culture

  1. Ban Na Thon Tai Guan tribal culture
  2. Liang Saeng (Pu Ta Saeng) tradition
  3. Ram Pee Mor worshipping ceremony
  4. Rice cultivation and harvest tradition
  5. Heet sip song merit (boon) making tradition
  6. Merit making tradition on the 3rd day of the waxing moon, 3rd month
  7. Marriage, etc.

Local Wisdom

  1. Forging techniques
  2. Weaving and dyeing techniques
  3. Basketry products for the household, fishery, farming and hunting
  4. Food preservation and local dish cooking
  5. Pandan leaf crafting, reed mat weaving, herbal and local treatments
  6. Rock salt and spa salt processing, etc.
Activities
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  • Experience the culture of Ancient Tai Kuan community.
  • Learn the ancient art of blacksmithing, as well as modern techniques.
  • Plant gurjan trees, helping with reforestation for the community.
  • Cook delicious dishes from organic vegetables.
  • Learn about local wickworks.
  • Make 2 types of flower decorations: Bai Sri and Khan Mak Beng.
  • Learn about salt spas from local wisdom.
Programs

Program 3 Days 2 Nights

Day 1: Welcome to the holy city of the legendary Sri Kotraboon Kingdom
Morning Depart from Nakorn Phanom Airport to the city at Paya Sri Sattanakarach. From here, take a tram along the Khong River and while admiring the impressive limestone mountain scenery of Laos along the way (on the other side of the river)
Noon Northeastern dishes, Signature grilled chicken at Sam Anong Restaurant
Afternoon Depart for Tai Guan Tribe village, Na Thon, That Phanon District

  • Receive a warm welcome from the Na Thon people at Pu Ta Saeng Shrine, which is considered the most sacred and respected site of the area
  • Introduction to the heads of the community, the hosts and learn about their way of living
  • Take a bike ride or sidecar trip around the community
  • Dinner
  • Listen to the folktales about Phaya Kom, the local Northeastern lord
Day 2: Ironing Hitting Demonstration/ Traditional Tai Kuan Way Life, Baan Na Thon, Bike tour and CSR activity
Morning Observe then practice the local’s traditional iron-hitting technique with modern innovations

  • You’ll learn about how the products are made through a process of iron-hitting and then take a bike ride or sidecar to 3 different stations, with the first stop at the Loincloth station at Baan Dong Yor (1st station)
Noon Lunch at the community’s forest
Afternoon Bike to Baan Dong Kom (2nd station)

  • Traditional Ikat Thai Silk fabric at Baan Dong Kom, and maintain the legend of Boh Mahen salt well at the Baan Donh Yoong learning centre (3rd station)
  • Reforestation CSR activity – Rubber Tree Planting (Biochar and mushroom planting around the trees)
Evening Tai Guan dishes for dinner
Day 3: Sticky rice cooking, Alms giving – Cruise to observe the fishermen’s way of life – Visit a melon farm – Phra Thay Phanom
Morning Learn about the technique to traditional sticky rice cooking using firewood and cooling rice that is offered for alms-giving while preserving its softness

  • Alms-giving offering ceremony to the monks and breakfast after
  • Take a cruise – a throwback to ancient times when immigrant of the area traveling from Marukanakorn northward. The Tai Kuan tribe traveled to the north via the Bung Huak route to Song Kok Yang viewpoint
Noon Lunch on the cruise/ garden by the river

  • Experience the traditional way of living of local fishermen and how they have fun during work
Afternoon Explore the Khong riverbank, visit a Melon farm and make some local products such as Melon juice, Lychee juice and mango juice etc. and leave for Phra That Phanom, an important pagoda of the Sri Kotraboon Kingdom
Evening Dinner at SunTree Art & Culture Market
Depart for Nakorn Phanom Airport

Program 3 Days 2 Nights

No. of visitors 2-3 persons 4-5 persons 6-18 persons 19-40 persons
Rate/Person (THB) 24,500 16,500 14,500 12,500

Included in the program:

  • 2 nights’ homestay accommodation
  • Meals specified in the program (1 breakfast/2 lunches/1 dinner)
  • Transportation for the entire program, including VIP van, bicycle, boat and trolley motorcycle
  • Activities specified in the program
  • English speaking guide, community masters and communicator
  • Travel insurance with a sum insured of 1 million baht
  • 7% VAT

Not included in the program:

  • Food and drinks not specified in the program
  • Personal expenses

Program 6 Days 5 Nights

Day 1: Welcome to the holy city
Morning Depart from Nakorn Phanom Airport to the city at PayaSriSattanakarach and take a tram along the Khong River

  • Enjoy a signature drink of Nakorn Phanom at Gooba House, a 100-year-old French Colonial style building
  • Go on a bike ride along the Khong River and appreciate beautiful limestone mountain scenes of Laos across the river.
Noon Enjoy some signature Northeastern Thai dishes, including grilled chicken at Sam Anong Restaurant
Afternoon Depart for Tai Guan Tribe village, Na Thon, That Phanon District

  • Receive a warm welcome from the Na Thon people at Pu Ta Saeng Shrine, which is considered the most sacred and respected place of the area
  • Introduction to the heads of the community, the hosts and learn about their way of living
  • Take a bike ride or sidecar trip around the community
  • “Baai Sri Su Kwan” and pay respect to the sacred image of the village
  • Dinner
Day 2: Knowledge exchange about ancient Tai Guan Tribe, Na Thon
Morning Take part in Buddhist rituals focusing on the ancestral spirit
Observe then practice the local’s traditional iron-hitting technique with
modern innovations
Afternoon Take a bike ride or sidecar to the sacred silver mine and listen to the legend of Kaew Sadet Temple. Visit the integrated agricultural farm inspired by His Majesty the King Rama 9’s initiative.

  • Visit a local vegetable farm
Evening Tai Guan dishes for Dinner
Day 3: Tradition, Customs and Culture
Morning Learn about the techniques for making traditional sticky rice cooking using firewood and cooling rice that is offered for alms-giving while preserving its softness

  • Alms-giving offering ceremony to the monks and breakfast after
  • Learn about Baai Sri tray (Khan Mak Beng) making at Sri Mongkol Temple
Noon Witness the striking of a big drum – a signal that it’s lunchtime. First, you can make a food offering to the monks before having something to eat yourself.
Afternoon Pay respect to Marukanakorn Pagoda at the old area of Bung Huay on which the legendary Marukanakorn was once situated

  • Take a cruise – a throw back to ancient times when immigrant of the area traveling from Marukanakorn northward. The Tai Kuan tribe traveled to the north via the Bung Huak route to Song Kok Yang viewpoint
Evening Dinner, followed by a weaving lesson before bed or attend the “Healing Spirit” dancing rite
Day 4: Bike and Adventure in three areas and Reforestation CSR activity, Salt spa in the Northeast
Morning Bike to 3 different stations: (1) Learn about loincloth making at Baan Dong Yor, (2) Traditional Ikat Thai Silk fabric at Baan Dong Kom, and maintain the legend of Boh Mahen salt well at station 3.
Noon Local dishes for lunch at Baan Pa Yoong village
Afternoon Enjoy the salt and spa activity that applies local wisdom, and enjoy a rejuvenating foot massage
Evening Dinner and listen to the folktales about Phaya Kom, the local Northeastern lord
Day 5: Rice Field activity, Fishery and Cooking Class with Organic Ingredients
Morning Rice Planting (plowing/ planting/ irrigating/ seedling)
Noon Cooking class, organic vegetables, bio farming, collecting mangoes and digging bamboo shoots
Enjoy a papaya salad (som tam-style), bamboo shoot soup and other local dishes
Afternoon Experience the traditional way of life of the local fishermen and see how they have fun during work.
Evening Dinner “Relax at the end of the day”
Day 6: Khong Riverbank Exploration and Local Products
Morning Explore the Khong riverbank, visit a Melon farm and make some local products such as Melon juice, Lychee juice and mango juice etc.
Noon Lunch at Vietnam Dao Thong Restaurant
Visit Ho Chi Mihn Monument and Chakri Dynasty Hall (Nong Yart) and Aquatic Animals Museum
Leave for Nakorn Phanom Airport
Fly back and arrive safely in Bangkok

Program 6 Days 5 Nights

No. of visitors 2-3 persons 4-5 persons 6-18 persons 19-40 persons
Rate/Person (THB) 34,500 26,500 22,000 20,000

Included in the program:

  • 5 nights’ homestay accommodation
  • All meals
  • Transportation for the entire program, including VIP van, bicycle, boat and trolley motorcycle
  • Activities specified in the program
  • English speaking guide, community masters and communicator
  • Travel insurance with a sum insured of 1 million baht
  • 7% VAT

Not included in the program:

  • Food and drinks not specified in the program
  • Personal expenses

Program 7 Days 6 Nights

Day 1: Welcome to the holy city
Morning Depart from Nakorn Phanom Airport to the city at PayaSriSattanakarach and take a tram along the Khong River

  • Enjoy Nakorn Phanom’s signature drink at Gooba House, a 100-year-old French Colonial style building
  • Go on a bike ride along the Khong River and appreciate beautiful limestone mountain scenes of Lao across the river
Noon Northeastern dishes, including signature grilled chicken at Sam Anong Restaurant
Afternoon Depart for Tai Guan Tribe village, Na Thon, That Phanon District

  • Receive a warm from the Na Thon people at Pu Ta Saeng Shrine, which is considered the most sacred and respected place of the area
  • Introduction to the heads of the community, the hosts and learn about their way of living
  • Take a bike ride or sidecar trip around the community
  • “Baai Sri Su Kwan” and pay respect to the sacred image of the village
  • Dinner
Day 2: Knowledge exchange about ancient Tai Guan Tribe, Na Thon
Morning Take part in Buddhist rituals focusing on the ancestral spirit

  • Observe then practice the local’s traditional iron-hitting technique with modern innovations
  • You’ll learn about how the products are made through a process of iron-hitting.
Afternoon Take a bike ride or sidecar to the sacred silver mine and listen to the legend of Kaew Sadet Temple and visit an integrated agricultural farm inspired by His Majesty the King Rama 9’s initiatives

  • Visit a local vegetable farm
Evening Tai Guan dishes for dinner
Day 3: Tradition, Customs and Culture
Morning Learn about the technique to traditional sticky rice cooking using firewood and cooling rice that is offered for alms-giving while preserving its softness

  • Alms-giving offering ceremony to the monks and breakfast after
  • Learn about Baai Sri tray (Khan Mak Beng) making at Sri Mongkol Temple
Noon Witness the striking of a big drum – a signal that it’s lunchtime. First, you can make a food offering to the monks before having something to eat yourself.
Afternoon Pay respect to Marukanakorn Pagoda at the old area of Bung Huay on which the legendary Marukanakorn was once situated

  • Take a cruise – a throwback to ancient times when immigrant of the area traveling from Marukanakorn northward. The Tai Kuan tribe traveled to the north via the Bung Huak route to Song Kok Yang viewpoint
Evening Dinner, following by a weaving lesson before bed or attend the “Healing Spirit” dancing rite
Day 4: Bike and Adventure in three areas and Reforestation CSR activity, Salt spa in the Northeast
Morning Bike to 3 different stations: (1) Learn about loincloth making at Baan Dong Yor, (2) Traditional Ikat Thai Silk fabric at Baan Dong Kom, and (3) get to know about the legend of Boh Mahen salt well
Noon Local dishes for lunch at Baan Pa Yoong village
Afternoon Participate in the salt and spa activity that applies local wisdom and get foot massage
Evening Dinner and listen to the folktales about Phaya Kom, the local Northeastern lord
Day 5: Rice Field activity and Cooking Class with Organic Ingredients
Morning Rice Planting (plowing/ planting/ irrigating/ seedling)
Noon Lunch in the field
Afternoon Learn about plants, organic vegetables, bio farming, collecting mangoes and digging bamboo shoots
Cooking class, making papaya salad, bamboo shoot soup and local dishes
Evening Enjoy the delicious dishes made by the top chef
Day 6: Learn about fishery and CSR activity, Reforestation
Morning Morning alms-giving with sticky rice and visit the local market
See the traditional way of life of local fishermen and find out how they have fun during work
Noon Lunch
Reforestation CSR activity- Rubber Tree Planting (Biochar and mushroom planting around the trees)
Evening Dinner “Relax at the end of the day”
Day 7: Khong Riverbank Exploration and Local Products
Morning Explore the Khong riverbank, visit a Melon farm and make some local products such as Melon juice, Lychee juice and mango juice etc.
Noon Lunch at Vietnam Dao Thong Restaurant
Visit Ho Chi Mihn Monument and Chakri Dynasty Hall (Nong Yart) and Aquatic Animals Museum
Leave for Nakorn Phanom Airport

Program 7 Days 6 Nights

No. of visitors 2-3 persons 4-5 persons 6-18 persons 19-40 persons
Rate/Person (THB) 36,000 28,000 23,500 21,500

Included in the program:

  • 6 nights’ homestay accommodation
  • All meals
  • Transportation for the entire program, including VIP van, bicycle, boat and trolley motorcycle
  • Activities specified in the program
  • English speaking guide, community masters and communicator
  • Travel insurance with a sum insured of 1 million baht
  • 7% VAT

Not included in the program:

  • Food and drinks not specified in the program
  • Personal expenses

Seasons/ Periods of Visit: All-year-round

Local Foods
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  • Boiled chicken soup with mulberry leaf tea
  • Salted buffalo skin dipping sauce
  • Thai copper-pod soup with salted buffalo skin
  • Kaeng son soup and spicy seaweed salad
Local Products
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  1. Tai Guan Na Thon Spe Salt (OTOP)
  2. Knives and forged metal products (OTOP)
  3. Basketry products (rice container, reed bag, fishing equipment, etc.)
  4. Tai Guan figure key rings
Home stay
Community homestay
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Hosts/Local Masters
Local Master for Culture
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Mr. Chalerm Weerawong

Pu ta saeng, liang saeng cultural master

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Mr. Weerasak Srisamut

Tai Guan tribe cultural master

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Mrs. Wan Kampai

Ram pee mor cultural master

นายวันที-ยศประสงค์

Mr. Wantee Yodprasong

Mor sut cultural master

Local Master for Local Wisdom
นายประสิทธิ์-พิมพา

Mr. Prasit Pimpa

Local forging master

นางสนิท-คำเป้า

Mrs. Sanit Kampao

Local Fishery equipment weaving master

นางอำพร-นันชนะ

Mrs. Amporn Nanchana

Local spa salt master

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Mrs. Plengsri Paneenit

Local salted buffalo skin and salted buffalo skin dipping sauce master

Local Interpretors
นายสมพาน-นวลศรี

Mr. Sompan Nuansri

นายสมบูรณ์-สมศรี

Mr. Somboon Somsri

Photo/VDO Gallery
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Nearby Accommodation
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Deema Home Homestay

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Por Homestay

Nearby attractions
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  • Pratat Marukanakorn, Pratat Renu, Pratat Phanom
  • Mekong riverside cycling route
How to get there
  • AirAsia has 3 daily flights between Don Mueang-Nakorn Phanom at 08:40, 15:00 and 16:20
  • Nakornchai Air, Transport Co. Ltd. and Cherdchai Tour Co. Ltd. buses
  • Rental car (with driver) and local van from Winwin Smile Co. Ltd.

Community’s Contact Information

Community tourism coordinator:
Mrs. Waranya Somsri Phone: 09-8618-8024
Ms. Kannika Yodprasong Phone: 09-9985-8085
E-Mail: thaiguannathon@gmail.com
Social media: Na Thon Tai Guan Touristic Community, Nakorn Phanom
Address: Ban Na Thon Tai Guan Cultural Tourism Community, Moo 1, 2, 12, 14, Na Thon sub-district, Tat Phanom district, Nakorn Phanom province 48110

Tour Agent Contact Information

Tour operator’s name: Win Win Smile Co., Ltd.
E-Mail: winwinsmile.i@gmail.com
Phone: 08-6366-9708, 09-8015-0027
Line@: @happinessgroup
Social media: www.facebook.com/winwinsmile.i, www.happinesssmiles.com