LEGENDARY KITE VILLAGE HOMESTAY, CBT Baan Khuk Phattana
Legendary Kite Village Homestay or CBT Baan Khuk Phattana is located in Si Satchanalai, a branch of the Sukhothai kingdom that may have been even larger than the capital. A visit to Sukhothai wouldn’t complete without a visit to the historical site of the ancient Si Satchanalai City, which was the second largest city after Sukhothai during its glory days. The 45-square-meter park is home to remaining structures of what used to be palaces, temples and homes. Now Si Satchanalai has been declared a World Heritage site of UNESCO.
For those who want to sink deeper into rural Thai life, the village of Baan Khuk Phattana offers a community-run homestay where you can learn kite's making and charcoal pillow. It’s located around 20 kilometres from Si Satchanalai town.
Activities and Experiences:
Phra Ruang’s kite Workshop.
Phra Ruang’s kite is similar to Chula kite, but its center is narrower. In the end of planting and harvest times, people in the village will modify the field into a space for kite flying. Since there are so many people gathering that it can be referred as ‘Phra Ruang’s kite festival’, the community adds the kite competition to the event (during February every year).
Apart from cultivating rice, another traditional occupation of people in Baan Khuk Phattana is to produce bamboo charcoal and there is a special kiln - Iwate kiln.
Iwate is a charcoal kiln, originated by the Japanese. It was introduced during a discussion of community members. They all knew that charcoal burning was common so they’d like to better it – less time, more output and efficiency, and more wood vinegar as well. That was how Iwate kiln came into use at this village.
Soap and pillow from Iwate kiln.
After collecting the charcoal with proper size for sale, there are remains left in the kiln. The community finds a way to reuse it by turning them into a charcoal soap which helps whiten, cure pimples, and decrease sebum. Besides the soap, the remains are also used to produce a pillow, another value-added product.
The benefits of the pillow are several. It can relief muscle pains, stimulate circulatory system, reduce the risk of obstruction and turn free radicals into oxygen. Consequently, you will get fresh air while sleeping.
This program will be a part that could be generated community development fund to ensure that every travelers' spending goes to support local people and reducing rural-urban migration.
Prices: To be advised.
*Rates are quoted in THB per person.
Private roundtrip transfer by minivan from Sukhothai Historical Park area to community.
Personal English speaking guide.
Accommodation for 2 nights (Homestay).
Meal plan; Full board (2 dinners, 2 lunches and 2 breakfast).
All activities in the village with home host.
Any meals, transfers or tours that are not mentioned in the itinerary
International/Domestic fligh ticket and all airport tax
Extra night: at THB 1,000 net per person per night with full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner).