Chang Hua Man Royal Initiative Project
The farsighted vision of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who foresaw the importance of agricultural occupation and the need to encourage all farmers to find success in their occupation and be able to take care of themselves and their families in a sustainable way, brought forth the “New Farming Theory” approach and a model for the rehabilitation of drought-stricken mountainous areas into fertile land once more.
If sweet potatoes placed on a scale in His Majesty’s working room could develop roots and leaves and continue to grow, then doing the same in soil would obviously prove no problem. This discovery did not only lead to the name “Chang Hua Man” project but also led to the Royal Initiatives gathering crop species from the surrounding areas to grow and study the principles of land allocation for proper uses. According to the theory, land should be divided into a water resource area, a rice planting area, a plant growing area and a residential and animal raising area at a ratio of 30: 30: 30: 10. After the project became successful, the area made the logical development and became a learning center and an attractive new travel destination for intrigued tourists.
Travellers can make their way around the project on a tour bus manned by an amicable, knowledgable tour guide who provides guests with the relevant information while observing agricultural plantations and local crop growing areas like rice of various species, para rubber, coconuts, Phet Sai Rung rose apples, limes, holy basil, pineapples and sweet potatoes. Moreover, travelers can learn the production processes of chemical-free vegetables along with organic dairy and chicken farming.
The undoubted highlight is “Dad’s Home”, a private residence and crop form that King Rama IX once held the deeds to. Such vast space does not only serve as a model of land development for fruitful agriculture but also as a model for maximizing the benefits of existing natural resources in a sustainable way. Rows of wind turbines and solar cell panels amidst the fields that are utilized as alternative energy sources, Jatropha plantations that can be processed into clean energy to replace diesel, the composted fertilizer making that enables plants to grow without harming the soil, and the milk processing plant all reinforce the principles of sufficiency and allow the local people to reap the benefits Travelers who wish to show their support can visit Golden Place, which offers an array of products from the Chang Hua Man Project, Farming Groups and Housewife Groups from the neighboring areas. Stop and shop to help generate income for the sustainable economic benefits of the community.
- Learn to truly understand the New Farming Theory approach and its potential application in future farming.
Best Time to Visit
- Open every day from 9 a.m.-4.30 p.m.
- National Kite Festival is held on Cha-am beach at the beginning of March