Ban Bang Phlap
The Ban Bang Phlap community is in Amphoe Bang Khonthi, Samut Songkhram province. Life here revolves around the water, with many canals and the freshwater Mae Klong River running through the community. There are many well-irrigated orchards producing coconuts, pomelo, lychee, papaya and other tropical fruits, and numerous vegetables and herbalplants. Living no soch fertile land, the community is almost self-sufficient in food. In the past, residents of Ban Bang Phlap took care of their individual agricultural practices, growing food for their own use. The community as a whole lacked strength and a body of knowledge to develop their produce. A teacher, Somsong Sangtawan, a resident of Ban Bang Phlap, wished to conserve local wisdom and agricultural skills, and organised a group of specialists in various areas to share their knowledge with fellow farmers. As aresult, the Learning Centre Maha Vitchalai of Local Wisdom of Samut Songkhrom was established, leading to a strengthening of the community and an improvement in the quality of agricultural produce.
This development has made Ban Bang Phlap a model community and it has been recognized as a Green community, earning the Awards of Excellence in the Tourist Attractions category at the Thailand Tourism Awards 2010 and 2013 from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
Address 9/4 Moo 4 Tambon Bang Phrom, Amphur Bang Khonthi, Samut Songkhram 75120
Tel 081-274-4433 , 034-761-985