The name “Chao Bok” was coined for members of Tha Hin community, situated on the Sathing Phra Peninsular in Thailand’s southern Songkhla province. Their lives revolve around the path of Not – Na – Le; three types of environment that supported their livelihood for over 1,000 years.
So, what exactly is Not – Na – Le? A quick search online will reveal the concept is based on farmers and fishermen who switch between undertaking the tasks of collecting sugar palm syrup, growing rice and fishing. However, reading about something is much different to seeing it with your own eyes, as well as getting involved alongside masters from the community. It’s a concept that you can indeed apply to your own life – how a single source like a sugar palm tree can provide the necessary material to make a whole range of products such as baskets, soaps, sugar, traditional desserts and many local dishes. Learn how to grow rice modesty (rather than for huge profits) for the sake of sustainability. Lastly, you will find beauty that lies within simple fishing techniques and making basic dishes from fish freshly caught from Songkhla lake.