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Phrom Lok Cultural Tourism Community

Nakhon Si Thammarat

About the Community

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.

What will you learn?

Experience life in tropical plantation from which fruits are cultivated and processed into a range of delicious products – being one of the main sources of income for the community. Get creative with some Batik painting or participate in some Southern Thai performance art, such as the “Manorah” dance which has been passed on for generations.

Cultural and Local Wisdom Heritage
  1. The 12 basic “Manorah Moves”: These dance moves are taught in the school in order to preserve the long-standing traditional performance popular in the south of Thailand. The performance involves singing and dancing to the story which at times reflects the local beliefs and ceremonies.
  2. Sat Thai: Sat Thai is a ceremony dedicated to the spirits of the ancestors and late family members who, as legend has it, have been released from the hell due to their wrongdoings in a previous life.
  3. Making Kanom La: Kanom La is one of the five important desserts offered to the monks in the Sat Thai ceremony as a dedication to late ancestors. Kanom La represents clothing.
Activities
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  • Make batik clothes from natural colors.
  • Learn the art of Manorah performance.
  • Take a boat trip and experience the fisherman’s way of life.
  • Experience the beauty of Phrom Lok Waterfall.
  • Enjoy a mud spa that provides a natural beauty treatment.
  • Making OTOP product “Honey Baked Leb-Muer-nang Bananas”.
  • Cultivate and collect fresh mushrooms for cooking.
Programs

Program 3 Days 2 Nights

Day 1
12.30 pm Meet at the assembly point (airport/hotel in the city/tourist attraction)
1.00 pm Lunch at Kopi Restaurant, a traditional, popular restaurant at Nakhon Si Thammarat. Kopi Restaurant offers a range of food and drinks including Kopi coffee, Bak Kuh Teh, and Dim Sum.
2.00 pm Listen to the story and history of Nakhon Si Thammarat while visiting City Pillar Shrine and City Wall of Nakhon Si Thammarat. Stop by to pay your respects at Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan, an important temple of this province.
3.30 pm Learn about the diverse cultural background of the area, including musical instruments for shadow play and the shadows are made. This local Southern performance art has its own beauty and is unique from other regions in Thailand.
5.00 pm Travel to Promloke Village, which is plentiful in terms of natural resources. The combination of waterfalls, forests and mountains results in diverse food selections, including various fruits, traditional herbs, and local vegetables that all can be used in cooking a delicious and healthy meal.
6.00 pm Arrive at the village and receive a warm welcome from the villages and listen to the background history of Promloke Village
6.30 pm Enjoy dinner following by leisure time
Day 2
7.00 am Breakfast at the homestay
8.00 am
  • Hop on a converted red truck (with seats), kind of like a community bus, before heading on a mini-adventure through Khao Luang National Park where you’ll learn all about the diverse eco-system along the way. The aim of this trip is to learn and understand the importance of Khao Luang, which is considered an essential natural resource, including being a water source for the area.
  • Visit Suan Somrom to learn how to grow vegetables and fruits in the community’s forest such as Pra Tree, mangosteen, and durian, among others
  • Together, harvest vegetables along the way and prepare lunch (using different types of vegetables)
12.00 pm Lunch with traditional Thai dishes at Rim Lamthan, where you can enjoy relaxing and leisure time at Promloke Waterfall.
2.00 pm Join a fun activity of making batik clothes from natural colors. Batik clothing is another popular and interesting product of the community.
4.00 pm Take a bike through the surrounding village and stop by at Wang Pla Ngae. Experience a magnificent view with fish swimming in the water as the sun sets in the evening.
6.00 pm Dinner with local Thai dishes served (at Baan Mae Kularb)
Day 3
7.00 am Breakfast at the homestay
8.00 am Travel to the mushroom farm, which is one particularly interesting occupation of the villagers in the community. Learn about the process of growing and gathering mushrooms to prepare a healthy lunch box set; you can eat this at the airport before boarding your flight back.
10.30 am Say goodbye to the community and travel back safely

Program 3 Days 2 Nights

No. of visitors 2-3 persons 4-6 persons 7-9 persons
Rate/Person (THB) 16,000 9,800 7,100

Notes:

The program may be adjusted to suit the weather and situation. If any outdoor activity cannot be conducted as per the program, Local Alike will arrange a back-up activity indoor to ensure an authentic community tourism experience for our visitors. The satisfaction of our guests and community members is our priority.

Instructions

  • Prepare sun protection, such as sunglasses, sun cream, hat and umbrella.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and practical footwear like sneakers.
  • Refrain from carrying valuable items.
  • Kindly respect and follow the staff’s instructions.

Included in the program:

  • Meals as stated in the program (2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners)
  • Transportation in the community
  • Activities as stated in the program
  • Guide or Local Alike staff member
  • Community communicator
  • Travel insurance
  • 7% VAT and 3% WHT

Not included in the program:

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

Program 7 Days 6 Nights

Day 1
12.30 pm Meet at the assembly point (airport/hotel in the city/ specified tourist attraction)
1.00 pm Lunch at Kopi Restaurant, a traditional and popular restaurant at Nakhon Si Thammarat.
Kopi Restaurant offers a range of food and drink including Kopi coffee, Bak Kuh Teh, and Dim Sum.
2.00 pm Listen to the story and history of Nakhon Si Thammarat while visiting City Pillar Shrine and City Wall of Nakhon Si Thammarat. Stop by to admire the magnificent Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan, an important temple of this province.
3.30 pm Learn about the diverse cultural background of the area, including musical instruments for shadow play and the shadows are made. This local Southern performance art has its own beauty and is unique from other regions in Thailand.
5.00 pm Travel to Promloke Village, which is plentiful in terms of natural resources. The combination of waterfalls, forests and mountains results in diverse food selections, including various fruits, traditional herbs, and local vegetables that all can be used in cooking a delicious and healthy meal.
6.00 pm Arrives at the village and receive a warm welcome from the villagers and listen to the background history of Promloke Village.
6.30 pm Dinner and leisure time
Day 2
7.00 am Breakfast at the homestay
8.00 am
  • Hop on a converted red truck (with seats), kind of like a community bus, before heading on a mini-adventure through Khao Luang National Park where you’ll learn all about the diverse eco-system along the way. The aim of this trip is to learn and understand the importance of Khao Luang, which is considered an essential natural resource, including being a water source for the area.
  • Visit Suan Somrom to learn how to grow vegetables and fruits in the community’s forest such as Pra Tree, mangosteen, and durian, among others
  • Together, harvest vegetables along the way and prepare lunch (using different types of vegetables)
12.00 pm Lunch with traditional Thai food at Rim Lamthan, enjoy relax and leisure time at Promloke Waterfall
2.00 pm Bicycle along the surrounding village as well as having conversation with villagers. Enjoy a relaxing leisure time
4.30 pm Visit the village’s evening market, which is where many of the villagers gather to sell their home-grown fruit and vegetables. Here, we’ll all get to see plenty of traditional local food and delicacies, as well as some rather strange fruit and vegetables that are rarely seen elsewhere in Thailand – all for sale!
6.00 pm Dinner with local Thai food.
Day 3
7.00 am Breakfast at the homestay
8.00 am Travel to the mushroom farm, which is one particularly interesting occupation of the villagers in the community. Learn about the process of growing and gathering mushrooms to prepare a healthy lunch together.
11.00 am Get cooking together and have lunch at the mushroom farm
2.00 pm Learn how to make sun-dried lady finger bananas with honey; you’ll be taught the entire process, from selecting the right bananas to packaging them for sale.
6.00 pm Dinner with local Thai food
Day 4
8.30 am Breakfast at the homestay
9.30 am Join a fun activity of making batik clothes from natural colors. Batik clothing is another popular and interesting product of the community at Wang Pla Ngae
12.30 pm Lunch with local food at Wang Pla Ngae
2.00 pm Have fun making Khanom La, a traditional Southern dessert, especially in Nakhon Si Thammarat. It is one of the five major desserts that feature in the “Tenth Month Festival”. Khanom La symbolizes silk and garments that are traditionally given to ancestors.
4.00 pm Leisure time
6.00 pm Dinner with local Thai food
7.30 pm Travel to Baan Laem Village, a small and friendly Muslim fishermen community. This village is yet another place that reaps the benefits from Khao Luang. Although the community is located at the river mouth, it is also plentiful in terms of natural resources – especially sea clay which, is considered a ‘pool of gold’ for the community.
8.00 pm Travel to Baan Laem Village and enjoy some leisure time for the rest of the evening.
Day 5
6.00 am Meet together at the port and take a boat to sea. Experience the fishermen’s way of life early in the morning, with a mesmeric view of the sunrise not to be missed.

  • Visit the bountiful mangrove forest and learn how balance is created within the ecosystem.
  • Watch as the fishermen take out their boats to catch fish in the ocean.
  • Breakfast is served on the boat (coffee, sticky rice, egg custard, deep-fried dough stick, and spicy rice salad with vegetables).
  • Try a mud spa, which uses quality natural mud that helps moisturize and detoxify the skin.
10.00 am Arrive back on land and take a much-needed shower!
11.00 am Tuck into a fresh seafood lunch (or brunch) with popular dishes including fried kongkang leaves and mud rice.
1.00 pm Learn how to make natural sea mud soap make your own soap to take home as a souvenir.
2.00 pm Bicycle around the surrounding village, relax, and enjoy some leisure time in the afternoon.
6.00 pm Dinner at Lun Burger Restaurant
8.00 pm Good night
Day 6
8.00 am Breakfast before visiting a nearby port to learn more about the fishermen’s way of life at this village.
10.00 am Take a tricycle through the village, seeing the locals go about their daily lives at Baan Laem. hear, you can also learn how to make a Muslim-style curry for lunch.
12.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Say good bye to Baan Laem Village and travel to Khanom District
4.00 pm Arrive to Khanom district, check-in to the accommodation, relax or take a swim.
6.30 pm Dinner with local Thai food served
8.00 pm Free time before bed.
Day 7
6.30 am Breakfast at the accommodation
7.30 am Hop on the boat and search for pink dolphins in the early morning. Stroll along the beach and take a dip (if you remember to pack your swimming gear…)
10.00 am Check-out from the accommodation
11.30 am Arrive at Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport for your onwards flight that marks the end of the trip.

Program 7 Days 6 Nights

No. of visitors 2-3 persons 4-6 persons 7-9 persons
Rate/Person (THB) 38,000 24,000 18,000

Notes:

The program may be adjusted to suit the weather and situation. If any outdoor activity cannot be conducted as per the program, Local Alike will arrange a back-up activity indoor to ensure an authentic community tourism experience for our visitors. The satisfaction of our guests and community members is our priority.

Instructions

  • Prepare sun protection, such as sunglasses, sun cream, hat and umbrella.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and practical footwear like sneakers.
  • Refrain from carrying valuable items.
  • kindly respect and follow the staff’s instructions.

Included in the program:

  • Meals as stated in the program (6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners)
  • Transportation in the community
  • Activities as stated in the program
  • Guide or Local Alike staff member
  • Community communicator
  • Travel insurance
  • 7% VAT and 3% WHT

Not included in the program:

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

Seasons/ Periods of Visit: All-year-round

All-year-round activities
  • Visit mushroom farms
  • Learn about lebmuenang bananas and how to process them
  • Visit Wang Pla Ngae with swimming
  • Visit Promloke waterfall with swimming (lowest cascade only)
  • Batik painting
  • Visit the evening market
  • Make Kanom La
Rainy season activities
  • Tasting seasonal fruits.
Winter activities
  • Hike the interpretive trails in Khao Luang National Park
  • Visit Somrom National Park
Local Foods
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  • Yellow curry with unripe mangosteen
  • Clear soup with mushroom
  • Sour soup with fish organs
  • Kapi chili paste
  • Stir-fried bitter beans
  • Stir-fried bitter beans with Kapi and pork
  • Preserved bitter beans
  • Vegetable fern in coconut milk
  • Jew’s ear spicy salad
  • Deep-fried Indian oyster
Local Products
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พรมโลก-ผ้าบาติกออกแบบตามใจชอบ
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  • Unripe mangosteen
  • Baked lebmuenang bananas
  • Seasonal fruits
  • Processed ‘pra’ fruit, pra chili paste and fried pra fruits
  • Custom design batik clothes
  • Mahorah beaded necklaces
Home stay
Ban Mae Kularb
บ้านเเม่กุหลาบ (1)
บ้านเเม่กุหลาบ (2)
Ban Mae Porn, on the main road
บ้านเเม่พรติดถนน (1)
บ้านเเม่พรติดถนน (2)
Ban Mae Porn, next to Wang Pla Ngae
บ้านเเม่พรติดวังปลาแงะ (2)
บ้านเเม่พรติดวังปลาแงะ (1)
Ban Loong Artit
บ้านลุงอาทิตย์ (1)
บ้านลุงอาทิตย์ (2)
Hosts/Local Masters
Local Master
ทิพวิภา

Mrs. Tipwipa Ittikulset

Cultural master in traditional food processing

นางกัลยาณี

Mrs. Kanlayanee Sai-ngam

Cultural master in banana stalk carving, ‘dok ban’ arrangement, Buddha procession boat decoration

พระบุญช่วย

Monk Boonchuay Boontammo

Local wisdom master in herbal treatment

Local Interpretors
นางฐิตินันท์-ญาณสูตร

Mrs. Titinan Yannasut

Photo/VDO Gallery
ปกGalleryชุมชนพรหมโลก
Nearby attractions
วัดเขาขุนพนม
วังปลาแงะ (1)
ชุมชนบ้านแหลบ (1)
  • Khao Luang National Park (Nakhon Si Thammarat range)
  • Wang Pla Ngae
  • Khao Khun Panom Temple
  • Kiriwong village
  • Ban Laem community
How to get there
  • Hire or rent a van/car from Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport
  • Transfer from Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport in the community’s red mini-bus
  • No public transportation
  • Private car

Community’s Contact Information

Community tourism coordinator: Ms. Supaporn Chaopong
Phone: 08-1081-9150
Social media: CBT Promlok
Address: 119 Moo 1, Promloke sub-district, Promkiri district, Nakhon Si Thammarat province

Tour Agent Contact Information

Tour operator’s name: Local Alike Co., Ltd.
E-Mail: group@localalike.com
Phone: 0-2115-9861, 08-1139-5593
Social media: www.facebook.com/LocalAlike, localalike.com www.instagram.com/localalike, twitter.com/localalike