Prom Lok Community

Community Based Tourism Responsible Travel Partnership : Promloke Community Based Tourism Group and Sawadee Reizen Responsible Tour Operator

Promloke…Nakhon Sri Thammarat Province Southern Thailand… Next to Khao Luang National Park – a biodiversity hotspot…part of the oldest terrestrial ecosystem on earth… Watershed which provides water from mountain to coastal villages.

Promloke…A community of fruit farmers who have selected fruit seeds from the rainforest over several generations to plant “Suan Som Rom” mixed orchards…which enrich the earth! Rambutan, durian, mangosteen… The rainforest is their wealth… a situation which absolutely depends on conserving this environment.

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Community Based Tourism in Promloke
Managed by a community group 13 Homestays 15 Guides 5 Car drivers

  1. To learn and share with guests from outside the community
  2. To promote and develop the community.
  3. To generate supplementary income from tourism services Community and Environment fund – contributes towards conservation and social activities for the community

What do guests do in Promloke?

  1. Dutch families stay with Thai families, experience life at home and explore the community together
  2. Lead guests into orchards and jungle and see the relationship between local people & the natural world
  3. Join in cultural and artistic activities… Make batik… dance the Manora!

Want to see more? Check out this great Promloke movie on You Tube

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Benefits for the community – Economic

  • Number of Guests and Income 2007 – 285 Guests / (220 from Sawadee) – total 339,700 Bhat 2008 – 169 Guests / (141 from Sawadee) – total 227,900 Baht 2009 – 115 Guests / (78 from Sawadee) – total 168,000 Baht
  • Income for CBT service providers: 13 homestays – average 16,500 Baht / family / year Guides – 15 people – average 3,600 Baht / person / year Drivers – 5 people- – average 6000 Baht per person / year Represents an increase of between 10 to 20% of annual earnings
  • Working as hosts and CBT Community Guides has helped some poorer families and landless young men to earn important additional income and feel more valued in the community.

Benefits for the community – Environment (Environment Fund 2007 – 2009)

  • 100 Baht into environment fund per guest This is only used for environmental and social work. Now 31,000 Baht in the bank
  • CBT group and youth group conduct Waste Collection 3 times per year – 2- 3000 Baht per time used for food, drink & equipment
  • CBT group organise environmental campaigns: e.g. bike rally to stop global warming, making signs to increase environmental awareness, 3 times per year – New Year, Mothers Day, Prapenee Duen 10 – 1,500 – 2000 Baht / time

Community Fund – How is it used?

  • CBT group and youth group conduct Waste Collection 3 times per year – 2- 3000 Baht per time used for food, drink & equipment
  • CBT group organise environmental campaigns: e.g. bike rally to stop global warming, making signs to increase environmental awareness, 3 times per year – New Year, Mothers Day, Prapenee Duen 10 – 1,500 – 2000 Baht / time
  • Fund the village’s famous Snake Doctor’s Hospital – pay for water & electricity, signs, tree planting – contributed 8,000 Baht over 3 years
  • Childrens’ Day – 3000 Baht / year – fund activities and provide gifts for the local kids!
  • Future Project – nursery and tree planting in the forest – new activity for tourists – 50
  • No further encroachment into the forest since the CBT project started. Work of CBT group, alongside active National Park staff & awareness from media.
  • Nature trail – The nature trail is better maintained and the national park authorities are more active in looking after the trail now there are visitors.
  • Community members more aware of the value of the integrated orchard system for environment and economy, and work harder to maintain the system
  • Youth local guides now know more about flora and fauna (not only what’s edible as before) and they are able to link natural resources with local livelihoods

Benefits for the community – Social

  1. Better cooperation among local people and more involvement in social work
  2. Government offices know about the community, so they receive more support:
  3. Better cooperation with the National Park: joint waste management, not allowing waste on the nature trail, zoning for picnics
  4. School – joint activities between the CBT group & Promloke school

Benefits for the community – Cultural

  1. Revived interest in the classic Manora dance among local youth
  2. Revived interest in local games – play together with Dutch children
  3. Stimulated discussion about the benfits of the orchards, leading many families not to plant rubber as a monocrop – helped “Suan Som Rom” local wisdom to survive

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Promloke community have been welcoming guests from Sawadee Reizen for over 3 years… and today, We would like to say a big “Thank You” to Sawadee Reizen and your guests for supporting our community based tourism project! Kop Khun Krup (Thank-you in Thai!)

Mum & Dad:

“How beautiful Thailand is, how kindly the people are and no matter if you are black or white, they love you at once!” Annette Sluyter;

“Respect for local people”, Maeian ter Haer;

What is one thing that you would never change about this trip? – “The contact with the family.” Miejam Van Riel;

“Friendly welcome and friendly people.” “It is a nice experience! Especially with children!”, Tineke Brausen.

The kids:

What was the best thing about the homestay? – “The joyness with the family and people of the village” – Luc, 16;

“The connecting with the locals”, Lily, 16;

“everything is edible and a lot of people shower in the river.”, Kim, 13;

“everyone knows everyone in the village and they do everything together. Everyday they feed the monks”, Iha and Matt, 15 & 13;

“You can eat ants!!!’ Thomas, 16.

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