Paksom-Lam Phuphan is a community with a very small population in the province of NongKhai, sub district Sangkhom. The village is located near the Mekong River and the border of Laos.
“Visit a very friendly community close to the Laos border. Take a boat tour on the Mekong River and enjoy a beautiful sunset, taste the local berry juice and noodles and see the stunning view from the mountain top.”
3. Why is Ban Paksom special?
Ban Paksom is beautifully located near the Mekong River that separates Laos and Thailand. The village is surrounded by mountains and rice fields. The villagers have their main income from rice harvesting and fruit. A special berry called: Maklodberry can be found only in this region of Thailand. The berry is processed into berry juice, soap, marmalade and crème by the women group of the community and the unique products are sold throughout the surrounding villages. The community is well developed and has fifteen homestays to host guests.
Furthermore, the local people protect the environment by the processing of local natural recourses and it is not allowed hunt in the area. Also fishing in the Mekong River is forbidden, due to an historical belief about the Mekong dragon, the dragon who watches over the river.
4. Don’t miss …
Activities for guests
- Boat tour on the Mekong River
Go on the boat tour to the sand island, max capacity per boat 6 persons. Lifejackets are given and guests have the chance to walk on the island and make pictures of the sunset.
- Mountain View (Wat Phrabat Phachong)
This stunning view gives a clear picture of the Mekong river and the district around. Also there is a new small temple on the mountain where monks live and visitors have the opportunity to sit and have a drink.
- Cook rice noodles
The women are happy to let you help them make noodles, they teach you several methods how to do it and how to cook the noodles. However make sure you don’t take the spiciest soup!
- Cook rice at homestay for the monks and offer the food to monks
Wake up in the early morning (6am) to prepare sticky rice for the monks, cook the rice first and 10 min later you can pick the rice up and spread it over a wooden made basket, turn it around and put it in the small baskets for the monks. 1 hour later at 7 am the offering starts, put on your traditional skirt and stand in the line with the other villagers to give rice and food to the monks!
- Collect berries for the local juice
In this area is a special type of berries which are not processed to the fullest, therefore it is possible to collect them and create a natural product such as juice, marmalade, crème and soap!
- Visit the local temple
Your visit is not complete if you haven’t seen the local temple. Look at the pictures at the wall and ask the story to a local inhabitant (tour guide), you will learn more about Buddhism. This temple is special since it has an old Buddha footstep in the middle of the temple. This footstep is found 100 years ago , when hunters were looking for frogs, the frogs were hidden under a leaf, when the hunters took the leaf away they saw the big footstep where animals used to hide themselves for danger. They believe that the animals were never hurt because Buddha protected them in the hole and that the local people must respect the nature.
5. Grenn Corner: People and Planet
Ban Paksom has opened fifteen homestays over the years with the main aim to stimulate community based tourism and to tie the community people together with harmony. Ceremonies are held to preserve the Thai traditions and to welcome guests in a special manner, many people from the village join these traditional ceremonies to share their pride of the Thai culture. Besides caring about the guests who visit the village, the community also has special rules and regulations in regard with their natural environment. People are not allowed to go hunting in the forest in Ban paksom and fishing is also prohibited in the Mekong River. The local people process local food to generate more income for the community, examples are rice, berries, vegetables and fruit.