For residents of Phrom Lok community in Nakhon Si Thammarat province, the “Khao Luang” mountain range provides a great source of food and so many other products that help generate sustainable income and improve their livelihood.
Situated not far from Phrom Lok waterfall, the Suan Som Rom is a part of the national park that allows villagers to plant and cultivate fruit trees. Visitors can pick fresh, ripe durian, rambutan and mangosteen from the trees to enjoy on their own – or use them for local recipes, including mangosteen sour soup, which you can try cooking too (under the supervision of the community’s selected chefs). September and October are the two best months to visit for trying some dishes with Pra fruit, the local delicacy only available once a year.
For art and Southern Thai culture enthusiasts, the community offers many courses, including basic “menorah” traditional dancing, batik dyeing, crafting manorah bead products and making Khanom La, a dessert usually offered to monks during the 10th-month merit-making ceremony. Visitors can also join in with these cultural and religious rituals with the villagers.