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Node Na Le Thai farmer village

Songkhla

About the Community

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.

What will you learn?

Witness how this community lives by the sea and explore their nearby farms and palm plantation through various activities such as processing palm fruit, weaving palm leaves, planting rice seedlings and fishing along the Sating Phra coast.

Cultural and Local Wisdom Heritage

1. “Node” refers to local wisdom related to toddy palms, including:

  • Climbing palm trees
  • Making toddy palm juice
  • Processing palm sugar
  • Traditional dessert-making and basketry
  • Making herbal palm soap
  • Cooking sweet and savory dishes using toddy palm

2. “Na” means farming, in particular, cultivating local rice”

  • Ploughing
  • Cultivating local rice
  • Transplanting rice sprouts
  • Rice harvesting using “kae”, a traditional tool
  • Milling
  • Threshing

3. “Le” is the name of Songkhla Lake, which involves:

  • Fishing
  • Understanding the nature in the area, such as the different types of birds, swamp buffaloes and pink lotus flowers
Activities
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  • Learn how to make products from toddy palm.
  • Try your hand at cutting toddy palms, make soap and desserts.
  • Learn about rice farming and biogas.
  • Set and pull up fishing nets in Songkhla Lake.
Programs

Program 2 Days 1 Night

Day 1: Hat Yai Airport – Nod Na Lay Learning Centre
Morning Welcome at Hat Yai Airport and head to Nod Na Lay Learning Centre, Tha Hin, Sating Phra, Songkhla.
Welcome from the director of the centre and check-in at the homestay
Learn from rice farming: rice farming demonstration, rice pounding, rice milling, rice kneading and sufficiency economy through biogas
Noon Local dishes for lunch: the main ingredient used is toddy palm
Afternoon Learn all about the toddy palm plantation : Watch the palm collection demonstration and palm sugar processing
Evening Explore the community and enjoy dinner with the hosts before sailing out to sea to learn about the fishing techniques with a trawling night trip (or return to the homestay).
Day 2: Learning through Fishery and Toddy Palm Plantation
Morning Breakfast at the homestay before leaving to learn about fishery: nets retrieving, catching shrimps, catfish and snakehead fish by using bamboo fish traps
Admire the beautiful atmosphere of Songkhla Lake and natural surroundings of the area
Learn through Toddy Palm plantation (Cont.): Palm crack opening, soap making, basketry and local desserts (Palm cake, local waffle and Nipa palm dessert)
Noon Lunch preparation to be enjoyed with the hosts at the homestay
Free time / Pack your bags
Check-out and leave for Hat Yai Airport
Fly back to Bangkok to end the trip

Program may be adjusted to suit the season and the sea level.

Program 2 Days 1 Night

No. of visitors 1 person 2-3 persons 4-5 persons 6-7 persons 8-10 persons 40-50 persons
Rate/Person (THB) 9,800 5,900 3,900 3,300 2,900 2,700

Included in the program:

  • All transportation in the program
  • 1 night’s accommodation
  • 3 meals
  • Guide
  • Entrance fees and activities

Not included in the program:

  • Tip for the services
  • Food and drinks apart from those provided by the company

Program 3 Days 2 Nights

Day 1: Hat Yai Airport – Pa Koh Temple
Morning Welcome at Hat Yai Airport and head to Nod Na Lay Learning Centre, Tha Hin, Sating Phra, Songkhla.
Welcome from the director of the centre and check-in at the homestay
Noon Local dishes for lunch with the main ingredient of toddy palm
Afternoon Learn all about the toddy palm plantation : Watch the palm collection demonstration and palm sugar processing
Evening Explore the community and enjoy dinner with the hosts before sailing out to sea to learn about the fishing techniques with a trawling night trip (or return to the homestay).
Day 2: Learning through Fishery
Morning Visit morning market, try local snacks and have breakfast at the homestay before leaving to learn more about the community’s fishing industry, including: retrieving nets, catching shrimp, catfish and snakehead fish using bamboo fish traps.
Soak up the beautiful atmosphere of Songkhla Lake and take in the natural surroundings of the area
Lunch is served in tiffin carriers or as a picnic on Bun Thom Island, located near Nang Kham Island
Afternoon Return to the homestay and free time
Evening Dinner
Day 3: Learn all about the toddy palm plantation
Morning Breakfast at the homestay
Learn all about the toddy palm plantation (Cont.): Palm crack opening, soap making, basketry and local desserts (Palm cake, local waffle and Nipa palm dessert)
Noon Dinner preparation to be enjoyed with the hosts at the homestay
Free time /Packing
Check-out and leave for Hat Yai Airport
Arrive back in Bangkok to end the trip

The program may be adjusted to suit the season and the sea level.

Program 3 Days 2 Nights

No. of visitors 1 person 2-3 persons 4-5 persons 6-7 persons 8-10 persons 40-50 persons
Rate/Person (THB) 15,900 9,200 5,900 5,500 4,900 4,500

Included in the program:

  • All transportation in the program
  • 2 nights’ accommodation
  • 7 meals
  • Guide
  • Entrance fees and activities

Not included in the program:

  • Tip for the services
  • Food and drinks apart from those provided by the company

Program 6 Days 5 Nights

Day 1: Hat Yai Airport- Pa Koh Temple
Afternoon Welcome at Hat Yai Airport
Visit and admire the invaluable image of the most respectable monk of the province at Ratchapraditsatan Temple (Pa Koh Temple), which was built in the early Ayutthaya period
Head to Tha Hin sub-district to learn about the local way of living through palm growing, farming and fishery and then check-in at the homestay
Evening Explore the village, trying local foods with palm as the main ingredient for dinner, and free time.
Day 2: Follow Reverend Tuad – Tha Hin’s local way of living
Morning Breakfast at the homestay and commute in a sidecar

  • Pay respect to the stupa housing the relics of the Reverend Tuad at Ton Liep Temple
  • Pay respect to the stupa of Reverend Juang, Reverend Yim and visit the chapel at Dee Luang Temple where Reverend Tuad used to study during his childhood
Lunch at Baan Suan Chan Market

  • Check in at Tiew Tan, Tan Bridge, the birthplace of Reverend Tuad
  • Visit Khao Kuha Cave – Tra Pung Phra aged about 1,200 years
Afternoon Learn all about the toddy palm plantation : Watch the palm collecting demonstrations and palm sugar processing
Evening Dinner preparation and dinner with the hosts at the homestay
Free time
Day 3: Morning Market – Learn about the toddy palm plantation (Cont.)
Morning Visit the morning market, try local snacks and have breakfast back at the homestay
9.00 am Learn all about the toddy palm plantation (Cont.): Palm crack opening, soap making, basketry and local desserts (Palm cake, local waffle and Nipa palm dessert)
Noon Lunch
Afternoon Learn from rice farming: rice farming demonstration, rice pounding, rice milling, rice kneading and sufficiency economy through biogas
Evening Dinner prepared by the host
Sail out to sea and learn about fishery: trawling
Night Head out on a night watch or return to the homestay
Day 4: Learning through Fishery (Continue)
Morning Breakfast at the homestay before sailing out to sea to continue learning about fishing, including: retrieving nets, catching shrimp, catfish and snakehead fish with bamboo fish traps.
Admire the beautiful atmosphere of Songkhla Lake and natural surroundings of the area
Lunch (Box/ Picnic) at Bunthom Island, a small island nearby Nang Khum Island
Afternoon Return to the homestay and free time
Evening Dinner
Day 5: Klong Dan – the land of the 3 canals and 2 towns
Morning Breakfast at the homestay, unpack and leave for Klong Dan Community

  • Pay respect to the local sacred figures- Luang Por Chum, Luang Por Prom, Golden Buddha image and Phra Yai Add
  • Visit an archeological site and explore the antiquities such as the invaluable old wooden pavilion
  • Visit the living museum, founded by Master Sayun Cholsakorn
  • Observe the ancient barque of Klong Dan and explore the 100-year-old house, Baan Yai Liep, Yai Ong, Sri Suk Osod Store and learn about ancient-house conservation
Noon Various local dishes for lunch served in the tiffin carrier by different communities and enjoy discussion during the meal

  • Shop the local products at Klong Dan Market
Try the traditional dessert, beading, weaving palm leaves, Norah figure painting, learn about folk plays
Dinner at the market by the river and watch “Manorah” traditional dance on Thailand’s only wooden bridge linking two provinces
9.00 pm Return to the homestay and free time
Day 6: Songkhla Old Town, Bo Yang, Song Khla’s Attractions
7.00 am Breakfast at the homestay, pack and leave for the old town of Songkhla, Bo Yang
10.00 am Arrive at the Red Rice Mill (the old rice mill, formerly known as “Hub Ho Hin” which was used in the Songkhla lake area and exported rice to E-po, Peruk, Malaysia. This historical fact made Songkhla well-known as “Songkhla: the National Supporting City”

  • Explore wall paintings in the old town, reflecting the way of life of Songkhla people in the past and Nakorn Nok, Nakorn Nai and Namg Ngarm Streets. Admire the combination of ancient Chinese and western architecture- Chino European style.
  • Visit Baan Nakorn Nai, an old house which has been modernised while still maintaining its the ancient Chinese atmosphere and identity
  • Klang Temple, the City’s Pillar Shrine and Baan Bon Mosque (the multicultural symbolic places of Buddhism, Islam and Chinese)
Lunch at the old town and leave for Hat Yai Airport

The program may be adjusted to suit the season and the sea level.

Program 6 Days 5 Nights

No. of visitors 1 person 2-3 persons 4-5 persons 6-7 persons 8-10 persons 40-50 persons
Rate/Person (THB) 23,000 15,200 10,200 9,200 8,800 8,300

Included in the program:

  • All transportation in the program
  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • 16 meals
  • Guide
  • Entrance fees and activities

Not included in the program:

  • Tip for the services
  • Food and drinks apart from those provided by the company

Program 7 Days 6 Nights

Day 1: Hat Yai Airport – Klong Dan community, “the land of three canals and two towns” (evening)
Afternoon Pick-up at the airport and head to Klong Dan community. Check-in at the accommodation and spend some time with your community representative.

  • Pay respect to Venerable Father Chum, Venerable Father Prom, the Golden Buddha, Pra Yai Ad, for good luck. Browse through Klong Dan riverside market as you shop local products. Search for some traditional dessert developed from local wisdom, try Norah beading and palm leaf weaving, paint plaster statues, learn about some traditional games – all activities that’ll make you feel as though you have travelled back in time to the days of our grandparents.
6.00 pm Salute the flag and enjoy a dinner at the riverside market. Watch “Ram Pran” Norah show performed on the only wooden bridge in Thailand that connects two provinces.
9.00 pm Travel back to the accommodation (homestay) and enjoy leisure time.
Day 2: Learn from the living museum – Follow in the footsteps of Luang Pu Tuad of Pako Temple (morning, noon, evening)
Morning Breakfast at the homestay, greeted by the community representative

  • Visit archaeological sites and see the valuable old wooden pavilion.
  • Visit and learn from the living museum built by Master Sayan Cholasakorn
  • See the ancient boats of Klong Dan and take in the vibe of hundred-year-old houses, including Ban Yai Liab, Ban Yai Ong and Srisukaosot Shop, and learn about the preservation of ancient houses.
Enjoy lunch served in tiffin carriers, including various local dishes cooked by different communities. Pack your bag and leave for Satingpra community, following in the footsteps of the Luang Pu Tuad who supposedly walked on fresh seawater. Pray to the ancient Buddha for merit at Ratchapaditsatan (Pako) Temple, a sacred site built in early-Ayudhaya period. Luang Pu Tuad renovated the temple for life’s blessing to “succeed and advance in one’s career”.
Travel to Node Na Le Learning Centre, Tha Hin, Sating Phra, Songkhla where you will be warmly welcomed by the director of the centre. Check in at the homestay.
Evening Walk around the village. Enjoy dinner comprised of local dishes like hua Node curry, palm seed spicy salad, palm flesh in coconut juice. Leisure time before bed.
Day 3: Follow in the footsteps of Luang Pu Tuad – Node Na Le Tahin life (morning, noon, evening)
Morning Breakfast at the homestay. Hop on a “trolley motorcycle”.

  • Admire stupa in Ton Liab Temple, where the placenta from Luang Pu Tuad’s birth is buried. Locals believe that this brings good fortune and provides a “firm foundation” for your life.
  • Next, it’s on to see the stupa of Abbot Juang, Venerable Father Yim, and the chapel of Dee Luang Temple where Luang Pu Tuad’s ordination was arranged. It is also the place where he studied as a youth. This is thought to bring “good fortune, wisdom and academic success”.

Lunch at Ban Suan Chan market

  • Visit the palm tree-lined road and palm bridge, where you get to see the hometown of Luang Pu Tuad.
  • Kao Kuha-Tra Pang Pra Cave, a 1,200-year-old ancient cave. Another site believed to bring about “good fortune and a healthy family life”.
3.00 pm Learn about the “Node” life: Watch the tree climbers as well as the powdered and sliced palm sugar processing.
Evening Prepare dinner and enjoy it with your homestay host. Leisure time for the rest of the evening.
Day 4: The “Node” life (continued) (morning, noon, evening)
Morning Prepare and enjoy breakfast together at the homestay.
9.00 am Continue learning about the “Node” way of life. Try breaking the palm fruit, making soap, basketry products and traditional dessert (palm cake, coconut milk waffle and grilled cake)
Noon Lunch
Afternoon Learn the “Na” life: Learn about different farming processes. See the rice pounding and threshing demonstration and learn about the biological gas and sufficiency economy.
Evening Prepare dinner with the host. Next, you’ll head out on a boat to learn about the “Le” (farming) way of life by laying down fishing nets.
Night Spend the night on the water as part of the fishing activity or travel back to the homestay.
Day 5: Learn the “Le” life (continued) (morning, noon, evening)
Morning Prepare and enjoy breakfast at the homestay. Travel on board the boat to continue leaning the Le life, including retrieving the net, lifting the net cages to catch shrimp, plotosus and snakehead fish. Enjoy the view of Songkhla lake with wild birds and buffaloes.
Picnic lunch on Bantom Island, a small island not too far from Nang Kam island.
Afternoon Return to the homestay.
Evening Prepare dinner and eat at the homestay. Leisure time.
Day 6: Morning market – Boyang, Songkhla’s old town quarter (morning, noon, evening)
Morning Visit the market to get a taste of the authentic way of life in the morning. Here, you can shop for breakfast and local snacks.
Pack your bag and head to Songkhla, with the journey taking just a matter of minutes.
Late morning Arrive in Songkhla town where you will visit the National Museum, and pay respect to the relics at the Great Pagoda of Tang Kuan.
12.00 pm Enjoy a seafood lunch at a local restaurant. Stroll along Samila Beach.
1.30 pm Hop on the sightseeing tram at Tammarong Museum meeting point to begin a journey to the old town on Nakornnai road and Nang-ngam road. This was the area where Chinese people came to trade in the past when Songkhla was still a prosperous port city. Other sights include the City Pillar Shrine, Chalatat beach, the statue of the Great Naga’s tail, the 14 statues, the Great Naga’s belly button, and the water-spraying Great Naga at Suan Song Talay.
3.00 pm Visit Kao Noi to admire the view of the city. Kao Noi is located near Samila Cape and has an asphalt road built up to the top.
6.00 pm Dinner. Arrive at Lake Inn Hotel in the old town quarter.
Day 7: Boyang, Songkhla’s old town quarter (continued) (morning, noon)
Morning Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and head to the Red Mill, an old rice mill painted entirely in red. Formerly known as Hub Hohin, it was once used as the mill for the entire Songkhla Lake basin area. Apart from serving Songkhla, rice from here was also sold in Ipoh, Perak, (Malaysia). Listen to the history about how “Songkhla was the city that founded the country”.

  • Admire the beautifully created wall art in the old town, which represents the lifestyle of the original Songkhla community. Visit the area aroung Nakornnok road, Nakornnai road and Nang-ngam road, where Chinese traded in the past when Songkhla was still a prosperous port city. See the houses that feature a mixed architectural style of Chinese and western influences, known today as Chino-European style.
  • Visit Ban Nakornnai, an ancient house renovated with a modern touch with a hint of ancient Chinese culture.
  • Klang Temple, the City Pillar Shrine and the mosque upstream, which reflect the multicultural coexistence of Thai-Buddhism, Thai-Muslim and Thai-Chinese cultures)

Lunch in the old quarter before heading to Hat Yai airport.

The program may be adjusted to suit the season and the sea level.

Program 7 Days 6 Nights

No. of visitors 1 person 2-3 persons 4-5 persons 6-7 persons 8-10 persons 40-50 persons
Rate/Person (THB) 27,900 17,900 12,900 12,500 10,900 10,500

Included in the program:

  • All transportation in the program
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • 18 meals
  • Guide
  • Entrance fees and activities
  • Travel insurance with a sum insured of 1 million baht and medical fee included.

Not included in the program:

  • Tip for the services
  • Food and drinks apart from those provided by the company

Notes

  • For Wednesday or Friday arrivals, the visit to the morning market (to enjoy the local market vibe, shopping and tasting local snacks) will be arranged for Thursday or Saturday, respectively.

Seasons/ Periods of Visit: All-year-round

Local Foods
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  • Young palm fruit spicy salad
  • Stir-fried plotosus with spices
  • Sun-dried fish
  • Tamarind and palm sugar soup with fish
Local Products
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  • Powdered palm sugar
  • Palm soap, rice milk soap, seaweed soap
  • Palm lotion
  • Liquid palm soap, seaweed mask, rice scrub
Home stay
Community homestays
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Hosts/Local Masters
Local Master for Culture
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Mr. Chuan Sangkaew

Master of palm trees

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Mr. Sawang Amkaprom

Cultural master of history

Local Master for Local Wisdom
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Mrs. Poonsub Chukaew

Local master of herbal soap

นางพรรณี-สมสวัสดิ์

Mrs. Pannee Somsawat

Local master of traditional desserts

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Mrs. La-or Kwan-on

Local master of powder and sliced palm sugar

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Mrs. Pratuang Kwan-on

Local master of palm leaf weaving

Local Interpretors
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Mrs. Poonsub Chukaew

Community tourism coordinator

Photo/VDO Gallery
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Nearby Accommodation
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Had Kaew Resort Songkhla

Nearby attractions
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  • Pako Temple
  • Deeluang Temple
  • Liab Temple
  • Kuha Cave
  • Klong Dan floating market
How to get there

From Songkhla, head to Tahin sub-district, Satingpra district. Turn left at Wat Bo Daeng intersection and continue for 5 kilometers until you arrive at Tahin intersection. Turn right and continue for 200 meters. The Node Na Le Learning Centre sign is near Wat Tahin School.

Community’s Contact Information

Community tourism coordinator: Mrs. Poonsub Chukaew
Phone: 08-1275-7156
Social media: www.facebook.com/nodenale
Address: 11/4 Moo 7, Tahin sub-district, Satingpra district, Songkhla 90150

Tour Agent Contact Information

Tour operator’s name: Satun C.P.S. Travel Co. Ltd.
Address: 529/1 Moo 1, Ban Kuan sub-district, Mueang district, Satun 91140
E-Mail: [email protected]
Phone: 0-7472-5459 / 063-563-2895 / 090-289-6245
Fax: 0-7472-5459 / 0-7478-3181
Social media: www.facebook.com/satuncpstravel