Pikun Thong Royal Development Study Centre
Due to peatlands with poor quality, acidic soil in the south, local villagers had not been able to practice agriculture for some time. This disrupted their lives and cast doubts over their livelihood, causing many other social problems as a direct consequence.
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) graciously initiated the foundation of PikunThong Royal Development Study Centre to tackle the alkaline soil issues in peatland areas and enabled local villagers to proceed with agriculture. He also developed and promoted other guidelines to proper agriculture, animal husbandry and agro-industry so local villagers could learn to apply them along with sufficient economic principles and explore multiple occupational opportunities. Consequently, Pikun Thong Royal Development Study Centre is a space where academic scholars, practitioners and local farmers can come to exchange information from their individual perspectives, conduct research and study problem solving methods to which ultimately allow them to make a living in a sustainable way. Together with farmers, visitors may also gain useful knowledge regarding sustainable agriculture in accordance with the New Theory Farming principles, temperate flower planting, arts and craft training and other occupational skills.
To ensure everyone is able to further extend and implement such knowledge to their home areas with maximum benefits, the centre also supports hands-on experiences featuring integrated knowledge from various sectors including academic scholars, farmers and local villagers, and adopting technology to help establish and maintain the most systematic and effective body of knowledge possible.
Travelers will be able to observe exhibitions on the peat swamp forest and Klaeng Din Project and learn sustainable agriculture according to New Theory Farming and local animal husbandry as well as supporting local handicrafts.
- Learn how to solve soil problems in peatland areas according to the Royal initiative guidelines created by King Rama IX.
- Learn the guidelines to sustainable agriculture following the New Theory Farming.
- Visit Klaeng Din Project Exhibition.
- Support local handicraft products.
Best Time to Visit
- All year round. Open everyday 8.30 a.m.-4.30 p.m.
- In September of each year, a “Products of Narathiwat Festival” is held. It features many of the province’s cultural and commercial assets such as special art and craft product exhibition, Krajood Day, Zebra Dove Sound Contest, Longkong Day and Royal Cup Boat Races.
- In April of every year, there is a Su-ngai KolokFood Festival featuring a range of food that meets the highest standards of cleanliness and taste in the area of AmphoeSu-ngai Kolok and from 5 southern border provinces.