Surrounded by mountains, streams and waterfalls, Kanchanaburi’s Nong Rong Community is quite literally hidden away in the heart of the jungle. As a result, the bond between community members’ lifestyle and the forest has become almost inseparable. In fact, villages bravely stood up against powerful encroachers and reclaimed over 1,000 rais of land back in 1973 – testament to how much they value this land.
Their community forest provides a source of food, housing materials, income and acts as a playground for the kids here.
To truly appreciate the cultural bond between the people and the forest, you a visit into Nong Rong community is a must. While here, you can participate in a range of activities that’ll help you feel better connected to nature, such as walking nature trails with knowledgeable villagers who will show you the most unexpected ingredients for home-cooked local dishes at the homestay. You can also collect some wild vines to make woven bracelets, again under the guidance of local masters. Visit at the right time of year and you’ll also be able to witness some of their rare traditional ceremonies and performances.