Prom Lok is in Promkiri district, situated to the north-east of the provincial capital of Nakhon Srithammarat city, approximately 22 kilometers from the city limits. Located inside Promkiri district, Promloke sub-district covers an area of 72 sq kilometers and includes 8 villages
The highlights of Prom Lok Community
“Enjoy a picnic lunch at Promloke waterfall, or get deep into the rain forest by trekking into Khao Luang National Park; stay with a local family and learn how to cook tasty southern Thai dishes; experience Southern Thai arts, cycling exploration.”
Why is Prom Lok community special?
Promloke community is situated in a scenic area of high plains and jungle covered mountains, adjacent to Khao Luang National Park. This world renowned national park is recognized by scientists as a biodiversity “hotspot,” featuring an exceptional number of endemic species. Tropical rainforest covering the park is acknowledged to be part of the oldest terrestrial ecosystem on earth… It’s a natural treasure trove.
The majority of people in Promloke are fruit orchard and plantation farmers, who mainly grow rambutan, mangosteen, minusops, durian, and rubber. Villagers use the ‘suan rom rom’ system of planting mixed orchards. Wild seeds from the forest have been carefully selected over several generations, and planted in the same area. This farming system contributes to high quality soil. It is recognized internationally as best practice for maintaining biodiversity alongside profitable, sustainable agriculture.
Promloke sub-district is best known within Thailand for the attractive ‘Promloke Waterfall.’ The road to the waterfall was formally opened by His Majesty King Rama 9th in 1960, during a royal visit. More recently, the villagers decided to establish a community-based tourism group, in order to share southern Thai life and culture with guests, and show the world that there is more to Promloke than a waterfall, no matter how beautiful it may be!
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Activities for guests:
- Stroll to Promloke waterfall or trek into Khao Luang National Park: Local guides will lead you through the mixed orchards, and up into the national park. The profusion of life in the jungle is breathtaking. A range of trekking options are possible, depending on guests’ fitness and time available.
- Visit fruit orchards and learn about local life: The people of Promloke are keen to share their culture and daily life with visitors. You can pick fresh fruit from the trees, and learn to make a local spicy dip or a milder dish if you prefer. Guests will enjoy visiting local occupation groups, such as the mushroom cultivation, and moonshine whisky groups!
Guests will enjoy cycling in the community. You can visit important local sights, such as Promloke Temple, which was founded in 1782, and still retains its traditional Buddhist frescos. The central and most sacred Buddha image, ‘Luang Boo Promloke’ is the same age as the temple. Or, peddle to enjoy greenery and fresh air in pleasant, green orchards…
- Conservation volunteering: With sufficient notice, Promloke community-based tourism group welcomes guests who wish to participate in conservation activities, such as conducting clean-ups, environmental surveys, producing media for the tourism group, or developing activities for local students.
Green Corner: People and Planet
The local community has devised a cooperative system to manage tourism in their village. Everyone has a chance to work together, learn from one another, develop their skills, create team building and cooperation. The CBT group has contributed income from tourism to fund clean-ups of the waterfall and nature-trail with local youth, and to produce materials about forest conservation and mixed fruit farming.
The project has lead to the recovery of many aspects of local knowledge which had almost been forgotten. As the CBT project has developed, community members have discussed and recorded a great deal of local knowledge concerning forest, plant life and management of natural resources.
Every member of the community is proud to participate, and also appreciates the additional income from tourism. They feel good to have a role in the conservation of their own environment and improvement of their community.