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Tham Rong Community

Phetchaburi

About the Community

Phetchaburi may be best known for its Thai-style baked custard pies, but in fact, the real “Phetchaburi souvenirs” are the products made from toddy palm, a local plant grown throughout this central seaside province.

A tall tree resistant to drought, heat and flooding, no plant could suit Phetchaburi’s climate better than the toddy palm. It has become an invaluable plant for Phetchaburi locals who use palm sugar in their cooking. The leaves are also converted into wickerwork products, supporting the local economy. As a result, the agricultural sector benefits enormously from Thailand’s largest toddy palm plantation.

Tam Rong (sub-district) is another community with a strong tie to toddy palm trees. Locals here have been cultivating toddy palm for generations, passing recipes from generation to generations — including toddy palm soup, a slightly bitter stew, and toddy palm cake, a deliciously sweet dessert.

If you have time to spare, spend a night in Tam Rong community where you can experience working in a fully-functioning plantation at the community master’s field Learn how to make some easy toddy palm leaf weaving patterns, toddy palm shell figures or even how to make traditional kites. It’s a great opportunity to a break from modern technology (like your phone) and fly your self-made kites (like they used to do for entertainment in the olden days) instead. You may even find it more fun!

What will you learn?

Get to know about the lifestyle of the people working in around the palm sugar plantation. Enjoy activities such as weaving palm leaves, as well as arts and crafts using palm fruit – a great lesson on paying meticulous attention to detail and concentration.

Cultural and Local Wisdom Heritage
  1. 1,000-year-old Luangpor Dum Archeological Site
  2. Palm Sugar Production
  3. Palm leave weaving
  4. Chula Kite Making
  5. Cooking local dishes with local ingredients
Activities
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ยอดเยี่ยม
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  • Enjoy the famous Cow Racing Festival.
  • Experience working in the toddy palm orchard and cook toddy palms.
  • Making handicrafts from toddy palm leaves and old toddy palms.
  • Learn how to make Thai Kite.
  • Visit and learn about integrated farming within the community.
  • Make a unique fertilizer out of worm castings.
Programs

Program 3 Days 2 Nights

Day 1: Bangkok – Tham Rong Community – Wat Tham Rong
7.30 am Meet at the designated point in Bangkok.
8.00 am Head to Tham Rong Community via the highway.
11.00 am Pay respect to the sacred Luang Phor Dam and Luang Phor Khao Buddha statues at Wat Tham Rong, a highly-revered place by the locals.
12.00 pm Lunch.
Afternoon Take part in afternoon activities at Tham Rong Community, including:

  • Pick toddy palms
  • Cook toddy palm cakes
  • Learn how to strip the palms and extract nectar
Evening Dinner and leisure time.
Rest at Ban Satham Homestay (or other accommodation of a similar quality).
Day 2: Tham Rong Community
Morning Witness one of the most beautiful sunrises in Thailand (for the early birds) before a leisurely breakfast.
9.00 am Kick off the day’s activities at Tham Rong Community, such as:

  • Weaving with part of the toddy palm plant.
  • Craft dolls using the hard shells of toddy palm.
12.00 pm Lunch.
Afternoon Learn how to make local dishes in a cooking class:

  • Young toddy palm curry
  • Tom Kha Kai with banana flowers
Evening Dinner, with the rest of the evening free for leisure time.
Rest at Ban Satham Homestay (or other accommodation of a similar quality).
Day 3: Tham Rong Community – Natachom – Bangkok
Morning Breakfast.
10.00 am For the rest of the morning, learn all about Thai kites at Tham Rong Community – with the chance to make your own and fly it.
12.00 pm Enjoy coffee in the middle of rice fields at the pretty Natachom Coffee (café) and then have lunch.
1.00 pm Head straight to Bangkok after lunch.
4.00 pm Arrive in Bangkok (mid-afternoon) to end of trip.

The program is subject to change without prior notice, depending on weather conditions and the pickup point, as your safety is our first priority.

Program 3 Days 2 Nights

No. of visitors 2 persons 4 persons 6 persons 8 persons 20 persons
Rate/Person (THB) 19,950 10,300 6,800 5,700 5,500

The price is inclusive of:

  • 2-night stay at homestay style accommodation, 2-4 persons/ room
  • All meals as mentioned in the program
  • Transportation
  • Activities in the community
  • Admission fees for places in the program
  • Local guides for service
  • Local guides for English explanation
  • Travel insurance with 1,000,000 baht coverage or in accordance with the terms and conditions

The price is exclusive of:

  • Personal expenses such as food, beverage, phone charges, not specified in the program
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • 7% VAT

Remarks:

  • 15-day advanced booking prior to the trip
  • Duration: 3 days and 2 nights
  • Style: Culinary tourism- Community-Based tourism with van and transportation
  • To prepare: Sun Protection such as sunglasses, hat, umbrella, sunscreen and medication (if any)

Program 6 Days 5 Nights

Day 1: Bangkok – Tham Rong Community – Wat Tham Rong
12.30 pm Assemble at the meeting point in Bangkok and head to Tham Rong Community.
3.30 pm Pay respect to the sacred Luang Phor Dam and Luang Phor Khao Buddha statues at Wat Tham Rong, a highly-revered place by the locals.
Evening Dinner then leisure time for the rest of the evening in the community.
Rest at Ban Satham Homestay (or other accommodation of a similar quality).
Day 2: Tham Rong Community
Morning Breakfast.
Participate in the morning’s activities at Tham Rong Community, including:

  • Picking toddy palms
  • Cooking toddy palm cakes
  • Learning how to strip the palms and extract nectar.
12.00 pm Lunch.
Afternoon More activities at Tham Rong Community as you learn how to make and fly traditional Thai kites.
Evening Dinner and leisure time for the remainder of the evening.
Rest at Ban Satham Homestay (or other accommodation of a similar quality).
Day 3: Tham Rong Community
Morning Breakfast.
Take part in activities at Tham Rong Community:

  • Weaving with toddy palm fronds.
  • Crafting dolls from the toddy palm’s hard shells.
12.00 pm Lunch.
Afternoon Try cooking up some local dishes in a class, like:

  • Young toddy palm curry
  • Tom Kha Kai with banana flowers
Evening Dinner and leisure time for the rest of the evening.
Rest at Ban Satham Homestay (or other accommodation of a similar quality).
Day 4: Tham Rong Community – Cow Racing Festival
Morning Breakfast.
The morning’s activities at Tham Rong Community include:

  • Tending to the earthworms kept in the community.
  • Making red curry paste, an essential ingredient in many dishes.
12.00 pm Lunch.
Afternoon The main activity for the afternoon is a visit to Tham Rong’s integrated farm; here, you’ll learn all about this important farming technique and how it adds more value to agricultural products.
Evening Take a bike ride to explore the community and the nearby fish bank.
Dinner.
Night Check out a village’s local cow racing festival, which is held every Sunday night. This ancient (and unusual) sport is particularly popular among young men in Amphoe Ban Lat.
Day 5: Tham Rong Community – Laem Phak Bia – Chao Samran Beach
Morning Breakfast.
9.00 am Head to Laem Phak Bia Royal Project.
Visit the Green Caviar Seaweed Farm and Sai Med Raek Beach at the tip of Laem Luang.
12.00 pm Lunch.
Afternoon Leisure time at Chao Samran Beach (don’t forget your swimming clothes!)
Relax by the water as the sun sets.
Evening Dinner and leisure time for the rest of the evening.
Rest at Ban Satham Homestay (or other accommodation of a similar quality).
Day 6: Tham Rong Community – Natachom – Phetchaburi Riverside Community – Bangkok
Morning Prepare to leave the accommodation.
Breakfast.
9.00 am Bid farewell to the Tham Rong Community as you head back to Bangkok (with several stop-offs along the way).
9.15 am Enjoy coffee in the middle of rice fields at Natachom Coffee before heading to Wat Tham Khao Luang.
10.15 am Arrive at Wat Tham Khao Luang, the famous Buddhist temple hidden within a cave. Witness the incredible spectacle of sunlight shining through a whole onto the large Buddha statue inside the cave.
11.00 am Travel to Wat Koh Community, Talad Rimnam Market Community and Khlong Krachaeng Community.
12.00 pm Enjoy lunch and leisure time along the Phetchaburi Riverside Route. Here, you can pick up come Thai desserts, including Khao Chae (rice soaked in cool water), a traditional royal Phetchaburi dish.
1.00 pm Straight to Bangkok via the highway.
4.00 pm Arrive back in Bangkok to end the trip.

The program is subject to change without prior notice, depending on weather conditions and the pickup point, as your safety is our first priority

Program 6 Days 5 Nights

No. of visitors 2 persons 4 persons 6 persons 8 persons 20 persons
Rate/Person (THB) 31,000 18,600 14,500 12,200 10,700

The price is inclusive of:

  • 5-night stay at homestay style accommodation
  • 14 Meals as mentioned in the program
  • Transportation
  • Activities in the community
  • Admission fees for places in the program
  • Local guides for service
  • Local guides for English explanation
  • Travel insurance with 1,000,000 baht coverage or in accordance with the terms and conditions

The price is exclusive of:

  • Personal expenses such as food, beverage, phone charges, not specified in the program
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • 7% VAT

Remarks:

  • 15-day advance booking prior to the trip
  • Duration: 6 Days and 5 Nights Trip between 4-9 July 2019
  • Style: Culinary tourism- Community-Based tourism with van and transportation
  • To prepare: Sun Protection such as sunglasses, hat, umbrella, sunscreen and medication (if any)

Program 7 Days 6 Nights

Day 1: Bangkok – Tham Rong Community – Wat Tham Rong
12.30 pm Assemble at the meeting point in Bangkok.
Head to Tham Rong Community.
3.30 pm Pay respect to the sacred Luang Phor Dam and Luang Phor Khao Buddha statues at Wat Tham Rong, a highly-revered place by the locals.
Evening Dinner and leisure time for the rest of the evening.
Rest at Ban Satham Homestay (or other accommodation of a similar quality).
Day 2: Tham Rong Community
Morning Enjoy breakfast before kicking off the morning’s activities at Tham Rong Community, including:

  • Picking toddy palms
  • Cooking toddy palm cakes
  • Learning how to strip the palms and extract nectar.
12.00 pm Lunch.
Afternoon More afternoon activities at Tham Rong Community – where you’ll be shown how to make and fly traditional Thai kites.
Evening Dinner and leisure time for the rest of the evening.
Rest at Ban Satham Homestay (or other accommodation of a similar quality).
Day 3: Tham Rong Community
Morning Breakfast.
Morning activities at Tham Rong Community include:

  • Weaving toddy palm fronds.
  • Crafting dolls from the hard shells of the toddy palm.
12.00 pm Lunch.
Afternoon Learn how to make some local dishes in an afternoon cooking class, such as:

  • Young toddy palm curry
  • Tom Kha Kai with banana flowers
Evening Dinner and leisure time.
Rest at Ban Satham Homestay (or other accommodation of a similar quality).
Day 4: Tham Rong Community – Cow Racing Festival
Morning Breakfast.
Participate in morning activities at Tham Rong Community, including:

  • Learning how to produce sugar from the toddy palms.
  • Visit and learn about integrated farming, which adds more value to agricultural products.
12.00 pm Lunch.
Afternoon Discover more about life in Tham Rong Community with further activities, including:

  • Tending to the earthworms.
  • Making red curry paste, an important ingredient in Thai curries.
Evening Take a bike ride to explore the community and check out the fish bank before heading back for dinner.
Night Check out a village’s local cow racing festival, which is held every Sunday night. This ancient (and unusual) sport is particularly popular among young men in Amphoe Ban Lat.
Head back and rest at Ban Satham Homestay (or other accommodation of a similar quality).
Day 5: Tham Rong Community – Chao Samran Beach
Morning Enjoy breakfast.
10.00 am Start the morning’s activities at Tham Rong Community, which include:

  • Weave bamboo threshing basket.
  • Cultivate toddy palm saplings.
  • Take a bike trip through farms and community.
12.00 pm Lunch.
Afternoon Leisure at Chao Samran Beach.
Enjoy watching the sunset.
Evening Dinner and leisure time.
Rest at Ban Satham Homestay (or other accommodation of a similar quality).
Day 6: Tham Rong Community – Laem Phak Bia
Morning Breakfast.
9.00 am Head out to Laem Phak Bia Royal Project.
Visit the Green Caviar Seaweed Farm and Sai Med Raek Beach at the tip of Laem Luang.
12.00 pm Lunch, with time in the afternoon to:

  • Enjoy the scenery at the Sai Med Raek Beach.
  • Take a boat trip to watch seabirds in the Laem Phak Bia.
Evening Dinner and leisure time until bed.
Rest at Ban Satham Homestay (or other accommodation of a similar quality).
Day 7: Tham Rong Community – Natachom – Phetchaburi Riverside Community – Bangkok
Morning Pack your bags ready to leave the accommodation.
Have breakfast before saying goodbye to Tham Rong Community.
9.15 am Stop off for coffee at Natachom Coffee, a beautiful café in the middle of rice fields.
10.00 am Back on the road towards Wat Tham Khao Luang.
10.15 am Arrive at Wat Tham Khao Luang, the famous Buddhist temple hidden within a cave. Witness the spectacle of sunlight shining through the top onto the large Buddha statue inside the cave.
11.00 am Travel to Wat Koh Community, Talad Rimnam Market Community and Khlong Krachaeng Community.
12.00 pm Enjoy lunch and leisure time along the Phetchaburi Riverside Route. Pick up some tasty Thai desserts, like Khao Chae (rice soaked in cool water), a traditional royal Phetchaburi dish.
1.00 pm Straight to Bangkok via the highway.
4.00 pm Arrive in Bangkok to end the trip.

The program is subject to change without prior notice, depending on weather conditions and the pickup point, as your safety is our first priority.

Program 7 Days 6 Nights

No. of visitors 2 persons 4 persons 6 persons 8 persons 20 persons
Rate/Person (THB) 36,500 21,700 16,900 14,750 11,800

The price is inclusive of:

  • 6-night stay at homestay style accommodation
  • 17 Meals as mentioned in the programm
  • Transportation
  • Activities in the community
  • Admission fees for places mentioned in the program
  • Local guides for service
  • Local guides for English explanation
  • Travel insurance with 1,000,000 baht coverage or in accordance with the terms and conditions

The price is exclusive of:

  • Personal expenses such as food, beverage, phone charges, not specified in the program
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • 7% VAT

Conditions and requirements for travellers:

  • Age: all ages welcome
  • Health Condition: Healthy condition

Remark:

  • 15-day advance booking prior to the trip
  • Duration: 7 Days and 6 Nights Program
  • Style: Culinary Tourism- Community based tourism by vans and local transportation
  • To prepare: Long-sleeve shirts, shorts, slippers, sun Protection such as sunglasses, hat, umbrella, sunscreen and medication (if any)

Seasons/ Periods of Visit: All-year-round

All-year-round activities
  • Toddy Palm Cake
  • Palm Fruit Collecting Demonstration
  • Making Toddy Palm Juice
  • Making Thai Kites
  • Weaving Palm Leaves
  • Making Models from Palm Shells
  • Cooking Class
  • Raising Earthworms
  • Making Chilli Paste
  • Visiting and Learning about Intergrated Plants Farming
  • Enjoying Cow Racing (Only Sunday)
  • Bamboo Rice-Winnowing Basket Weaving
  • Toddy Palm Planting
  • Bike Tour around the community
Activities in rainy season
  • Kite Flying
  • Boat Tour, Bird Watching at Pak Bia Cape
Local Foods
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  • Toddy Palm Curry
  • Chicken
  • Chilli paste with organic vegetables
Local Products
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  • Bann Tum Rong Chiili Paste
  • Toddy Palm Cake
  • Flowers from Palm Leaves
  • Palm fruit
  • Seasonal produces
  • Toddy Palm Juice
Home Stay
Sa Tham Homestay
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Thong Chompu Homestay
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Ruean Thai Homestay
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Hosts/Local Masters
Local Master
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Mr. Tanom Phungern

Local master for Toddy Palm Farming

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Mrs. Pratum Khumtree

Local master for Toddy Palm Propagation

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Mrs. Saiyut Pongpueak

Local master for Dessert

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Mrs. Sai Chompoothong

Local master for Local Foods

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Miss Duangkamol Dontree

Local master for Toddy Palm Products

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Mr. Ploi Chimpetch

Local master for Religious Ritual and Bamboo Weaving

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Mr. Phut Nammun

Local master for Model Making from Toddy Palm Shells

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Mr. Udom Chomngarm

Local master for Kite Making

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Mr. Sa-Nga Sawangjit

Local master for Earthworm Farming

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Mr. Boonyong Soikham

Local master for Chilli Paste Making from Local Herbs

Local Interpretors
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Mr. Chanakan Tokaew

Photo/VDO Gallery
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Nearby Accommodation
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Ken Inn Resort

A clean budget motel with private atmosphere by the irrigation canal, which is located nearby Phetchaburi city centre, Big C Supermarket, Plae Yuan Restaurant, Chid Chanok Restaurant and souvenir stores.

Nearby attractions
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  • Rong Cave
  • Na Ta Chom Cafe
  • Chao Samran Beach
  • Laem Pka Bia Royal Project
  • Baan Roi Pee Cafe
  • Wat Tum Khao Luang
How to get there

Depart from Bangkok and take AH 35 (Rama II/ Thonburi-Paktor), pass through Samutsakorn, Samutsongkram, Pak-Tor district and take AH 4 (Phetkasem Road) to Phetchaburi. Notice Big C Supermarket on the left. Continue on for about 8 km and make a u-turn and bear left and keep straight for 500 metres. Wat Tum Rong is on the left.

Community’s Contact Information

Coordinator for community-based tourism: Mr. Chatchai Naksuk
Phone: 09-9246-9099
Social media: Tum Rong Community-based Tourism
Address: Tum Rong Subdistrict, Baan Lad District, Phetchaburi

Tour Agent Contact Information

Tour operator’s name: Friday Trip Co.,ltd.
E-Mail: pam@fridaytrip.com, csrouting@fridaytrip.com
Phone: 02-3738008 / 088-0082906-7
Social media: www.fridaytrip.com, www.facebook.com/fridaytrip.page