Those who interested in Southeast Asian archaeology may well have heard of the famous Ban Chiang pottery found in the northeastern region of Thailand. These ancient artifacts date back almost 5,000 years old, and their outstanding international importance has eventually led to UNESCO recognizing Ban Chiang as a World Heritage Site in 1992.
For visitors new to the region, the best collection on display can be found at Ban Chiang National Museum, which aims to help develop the younger generation’s interest in historical study. However, the present community does not wish the site to be recognized as just another archaeological ground; instead, they want to continue this heritage and turn it into unique (newly-made) community products that visitors can actually take home as souvenirs. As a result, courses on pottery making and decorating are available in the area for all abilities. Other handicrafts that incorporate distinct Ban Chiang styles, such as cotton weaving, indigo dying and basketry, are also taught. An impressive attraction to check out in the community is the flamboyant Thai Puan dance.