Pla Kaow

Location:

Baan Pla Kaow is located far from the main road, approximately 20 kilometers from Amnat Charoen city. Even though the place is far from the road and surrounded by jungles, however, they have infrastructures and other urban facilities.

The highlights of Pla Kaow community

“Baan Pla Kaow Homestay was established in 2003, according to the Eco-Tourism Project of Amnat Charoen Province. Nowadays, there are 40 homestay facilities ready to serve tourists.”

Why is Pla Kaow special?

The members of Baan Pla Kaow are “Phu Thai” people. Their ancestors migrated from Southern of China, passed through Vietnam, Laos, and then they found the place to settle down in the North East of Thailand.

The Phu Thai people at Baan Pla Kaow love peace and enjoyment. They have skills in crafting dolls made of wood and weaving silk clothes. They have delicious traditional food and they cultivate organic vegetables by themselves. They have a great culture which is “Morlam” performance. Morlam performance brings money to the community over a million per year. Everyone in Baan Pla Kaow can perform Morlam since they were young. Children in the community were taught how to perform Morlam too. Thai people know this community as ‘Morlam village’.

Morlam is a traditional Lao form of Song in Laos and North East region of Thailand. “Mor” means expertise and “Lam” means description by songs or rhythms, thus “Morlam” together means the expert who use songs or rhythms to explain stories, referring to the music or artist respectively. The Morlam performance is an essential part of festivals and ceremonies. The performance is the use of flexible melody which is tailored to the tones of the words in the text. Traditionally, the tune was developed by the singer as an interpretation of poems and accompanied primarily by “Khan” which is a free reed mouth organ.

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Activities for guests:

  • Experience traditional Northeastern Thai local way of lifeGuests are warm-welcomed to the community by “Bai Sri Su Kwan” ceremony. It is a welcoming ceremony when a new comer comes to visit the house. The “Bai Sri” tree is a symbolic ornament made of banana leaves, rice, flowers, and string. “Soo Kwan” is a sermon given by a village elder. White or colored strings adorn the tree are used to tie around the wrists of the honorable guest. There will be a northeastern style meals, music, and dance after the ceremony. Stay overnight and have dinner at “Huen Bo Ran”, the traditional house of Isan (northeastern) people. Experience and enjoy Isan’s life like ‘Be my guest’;
  • Historical and Cultural Sites tour: A tour guide will offer guests to experience the northeastern culture by visiting the cultural heritage sites such as community’s way of life and occupations, ancient houses, ancient temples and ancient Buddha images.

Green Corner: People and Planet

Villagers of Baan Pla Kaow formed the Homestay Club in order to preserve their culture and traditional ceremonies together with the dissemination of Phu Thai culture to the outsiders. They have a strong will to push their handicrafts product to be well-known and it can generate incomes to the members in the community.

They wish Community Based Tourism will be the tool to tie people in the community together with love and harmony and Baan Pla Kaow will become a new interesting destination in Amnat Charoen province, and Thailand as well.