Discovering rural Thailand

Thailand August 29, 2017 18:29

By The Nation

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) gives a boost to domestic tourism with the launch of the Village Explorer project that highlights seven model tourism communities ideal for school and family outings.

The aim is to support schools and new generation families in taking children on outings and opening the world of learning for them outside the classroom, while at the same time generating income for local Thai communities.

The seven communities are;

- The Learning Centre at Krachaeng, Bang Sai, Ayutthaya

- Ban Bang Phlab, Bang Khon Tee, Samut Songkhram

- Ban Namsap, Kang Krachan, Phetchaburi

- Ban Thung Kraprong Learning Centre, Ban Na, Nakhon Nayok

- Busai Homestay, Wang Nam Khiao, Nakhon Ratchasima

- Maha Withayalai Ban Nok Homestay, Ban Jamrung, Rayong 

- Homestay at Ban Tha Khanthong, Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai

TAT also recently organised a community promotion campaign that saw Ruamrudee International School, Mae Phra Fatima School, St Stephen’s International School, Darunsikkhalai School, St Gabriel’s College, RBIS Rasami British International School and Chiengrai Vidhayakhome School taking students on outings to communities and helping promote tourism communities via online media. The winner of the community promotion contest was Chiengrai Vidhayakhome School for promoting the homestay community at Ban Tha Khanthong.

“The Village Explorer Project opens a whole new world in community classrooms and exposes students to a simple way of life as they learn about lifestyles and folk wisdom and practise such activities as rice farming, traditional milling, search for Inca peanuts, fish and collect eggs from ducks and chickens. The kids had fun and were very impressed. School activities outside the classroom in the community helped my students learn about living together, socialising and meeting new friends. I would like to encourage schools throughout Thailand to take children on field trips to Ban Tha Khanthong Community, Chiang Rai,” said Janchai Thairat, director of Chiengrai Vidhayakhome School.

“We would like to invite schools and new generation families who are interested in new learning activities outside the classroom to take field trips to the seven communities in the Village Explorer Project. I guarantee that the kids will be able to participate in activities and have fun learning about rural Thai culture and lifestyle. Another important benefit is that the project will help generate income to support Thailand’s rural communities,” added TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn.

For more information about the project, visit