Local villagers are the teachers here and the wisdom that they impart on visitors is something that simply cannot be found in a textbook. The emphasis here is on simplicity but the immense pleasure these locals take in everyday duties like picking local vegetables, visiting local farms and such will make visitors see these tasks in a new light. The farming prototype of “Three Forests, Four Benefits” is adhered to here and visitors can find out more about how it is implemented by talking to the villagers themselves. Learning groups include the Waste Bank, which converts waste into either bank deposits or fertilizer for further use, Tree Bank, which was established to support tree planting and nurture and manage the production for the community according to the guidelines of sustainable natural resource utilization, knife forging and rubber farming. Lucky travellers may also have a chance to grab a knife and try tapping the rubber. themselves. As well as the learning groups, responsible tourism and warm smiles there’s also Ban Chumrung Homestay which gives visitors a chance to spend the night and wake up feeling refreshed in the midst of nature.
Before returning home, travellers can help support local chemical-free products including local vegetables, herbs and seasonal fruits such as mangosteen, rambutan, snake fruit, dragon fruit, Marian plum and langsat, or locally sourced products such as fish sauce, Nam Phrik Kapi (Spicy Shrimp Paste) and durian chips. Not only will you be sinking your teeth into the freshest fruit around, but you will also be helping the local community.