Program 6 Days 5 Nights

Day 1: Meet the Tai Phuan people
8.00 am Depart from Bangkok to Thai-Puan Community, Nakhon Nayok Province.
10.00 am Arrive at the Thai Puan community gate at Fang Klong Temple, Koh Wai sub-district, Pak Pli district, Nakhon Nayok Province
Warm welcome ceremony

  • Receive a welcome cloth from the community members.
  • Enjoy the drum show and thai dance from Pak-Phli kindergarten school.
Depart to Fang Klong temple port.
Welcome speech from Tourism Authority of Nakhon Nayok.
Enjoy local music “short river but long history” from local musicians.
Short break with banana and Fang Klong Temple’s iconic pandan salted eggs.
10.45 am Visit Chalerm Ratchawat Fang Klong Cultural Center and learn about the Thai Puan community history and culture.
Pay respect to Pra Kru Wiriyanuyok, the abbot of Fang Klong Temple, with the five aggregates and pandan leaf rose bouquet.
Experience an “Ean Kwan Puan” Baisi welcome ceremony that supposedly ‘summons the souls’ of visitors.
Watch video about history of Puan to learn culture of Puan.
Receive local souvenirs from Pak-Phli District Chief.
12.00 pm Lunch with Thai-Puan Style and Enjoy local performance
1.30 pm Learn historical Thai-Puan Way of Life at Purn-Ban-Wat-Fang-Klong Museum and Chalerm Ratchawat Fang Klong Cultural Center
3.00 pm Learn how to do unique pandan Salted Eggs and pandan roses.
4.30 pm Arrive at Homestay and relax
6.00 pm Dinner at the homestay (local style)
7.00 pm Practice easy some Puan words and phrases for daily conversations with the hosts.
8.00 pm Leisure time
Day 2: Tai Phuan class
6.30 am Make morning merit with the host at the homestay.
7.30 am Breakfast with the host at the homestay
9.00 am Learn the true Tai Phuan culture. Get to know the “Heet sip song” monthly traditions and “Kong sip see” morals, which are still practiced nowadays. Make pandan roses.
10.00 am Pay respect to the Buddha’s footprint model with Auntie Suree and Colonel Prateep at Koh Wai using pandan leaf roses.
10.30 am Visit Auntie Tongsri’s ancient house with Auntie Suree.
Learn about the tools used for working with rice, the Tai Phuan and Huen Phuan traditions.
12.00 pm Lunch
Chaluay Pochana, ancient Phuan suki from Ban Koh Wai Phuan community.
1.30 pm Visit a school and exchange cultures with the students.
Welcome ceremony from Pak Pli Wittayakan School management team.
Learn Thai traditional dance from Pak Pli Wittayakan School dancing art club.
4.00 pm Visit fruit market (Nong-Cha-Om)
4.30 pm Return to the homestay and have some leisure time.
6.00 pm Dinner at the homestay
7.00 pm Practice some easy Phuan words and phrases for daily conversations with the host.
8.00 pm Leisure time
Day 3: Tai Phuan Buddist ceremonies and nature tourism
6.30 am Make merit at the temple following the Tai Phuan tradition in the history of Pak Pli Tai Phuan settlement at Ta Daeng temple. Dress in a traditional Tai Phuan outfit.
Make merit with 9 monks at the temple’s sanctuary and the stupa of Venerable Father Para, the monk who led the Phuan people from Chiang Kwang, Laos into Siam over 200 years ago.
7.00 am Arrange “Janghan” breakfast sets for the monks with the Ta Daeng community members.
8.00 am Listen to the monks’ chant prayers.
8.30 am Breakfast with the community members at Ta Daeng Temple
Visit important religious sites in the temple. Learn about Thai temples and how Phuan people are devoted to Buddhism from the community instructor.
Pay homage to the Maitreya image in Ta Daeng Temple’s sanctuary.
Pay homage to the stupa of Venerable Father Para.
Pray at the Grandfather Shrine of Ban Ta Daeng community.
Visit Ban-Dong-Kwand School (3 Nations School)
9.45 am Go on a trip to the Tai Phuan community in Nong Saeng sub-district.
Learn about the sufficiency economy philosophy and follow King Rama IX’s footsteps at Tongmon Garden, Ban Hua Ling Nai Center of Environmental Study, in Pak Pli district, Nakhon Nayok.
Learn about organic farming and how resources can be efficiently used.
Cook lunch with the host using ingredients from the center, such as fresh eggs and organic vegetables.
Collect organic vegetables and use them to prepare dinner with the homestay host (learn how to preserve vegetables and create natural packaging).
11.00 am Cook and eat lunch with the host.
1.00 pm Visit a goat farm and feed milk to the goats.
Visit Lao Doen mushroom farm and collect mushrooms for cooking dinner at the homestay.
Visit local Thai-Puan Wat-Sri-Mongkon Museum to see the picture of Dhamma Puzzles
Ride on traditional vehicle to visit the market. Enjoy the scenery and experience the community lifestyle in Thai-Puan Village, Nong-Sang District.
Pay homage to the “Venerable Father Pra Yim”, an ancient Buddha image carved from a jackfruit tree at Takian Tong Temple, in Pak Pli district, Nakhon Nayok.
End of the ride 2.5 kilometers at the tree house.
3.30 pm Snacks at Rawin Home Cafe “A hundred baht drink with a million dollar view”, in Pak Pli district.
Enjoy the view of Khao Yai National Park.
5.00 pm Return to the homestay.
Cook up some traditional Tai Phuan dishes for dinner with organic vegetables and mushrooms collected with the host and visitors to Koh Wai sub-district.
Dinner at the homestay with visitors to Koh Wai sub-district.
Enjoy the show of Phuan traditional games.
Practice some easy Phuan words and phrases for daily conversations with the hosts and enjoy leisure time.
Day 4: Nakhon Nayok – green city
6.30 am Make morning merit with the host while wearing a traditional Puan outfit at the homestay.
7.30 am Breakfast at the homestay
Visit community economic base that concerning about environment and pollution.
10.00 am Visit some of the top natural sights in Nakhon Nayok. Enjoy a boat ride with a view over Kun Dan Prakan Chol Dam. Swim in the waterfall, raft and have lunch in the middle of nature. Ride a golf cart along the crest of the dam in the evening.
6.00 pm Return to the homestay with free time until dinner.
7.30 pm Dinner at the homestay
Day 5: The Tai Phuan community’s local products
6.30 am Make morning merit with the host at the homestay.
7.30 am Breakfast at the homestay
9.00 am Cook with Kru Lord, get to know about some of the traditional Tai Phuan dishes, food traditions and beliefs.
Learn about “Pla doo” herb-fermented fish and help the locals cook some traditional Phuan dishes.
10.00 am Cook a Phuan dish, “fried red lotus extract-cooked rice with herb-fermented wrapped in red lotus leaf”.
12.00 pm Lunch with Koh Wai community members.
Arrive at Ban Mai Phuan community, or “Ban Moe” in Phuan language.
1.30 pm Visit a rice field and learn all about rice and farming. Collect suitable ‘ears’ of rice and rice milk for cooking kao krayakoo.
2.30 pm Visit Auntie Noo’s kitchen. Get to know the recipe for “Kao krayakoo” rice pudding cooked with coconut milk, a traditional dessert.
Help Auntie Noo make the pudding and enjoy it as an afternoon snack.
4.00 pm Pay homage to Kusawadee Buddha Relics Stupa at Patummawongsawas Temple.
Visit the “Pak Pli Tai Phuan handloom weaving group” at the Center of Local Wisdom, Ban Mai Temple.
Learn about the ancient handloom weaving method.
Shopping food at Ta-Daeng Market and have dinner at Homestay.
5.30 pm Return to the homestay and have some free time to yourself.
6.00 pm Dinner at the homestay
Join the “Ma Tum Ma Hom Nam Kan” gathering ceremony with Koh Wai Tai Phuan community members before saying goodbye.
Day 6: Farewell to the community
6.30 am Make morning merit with the host dressed in a traditional Phuan outfit at the homestay.
7.30 am Breakfast at the homestay
9.00 am Plant memorial trees.
10.00 am Say goodbye to the community.
12.00 pm Safe arrival back in Bangkok