At Pla Kaow Phu Tai village, you can tap your feet to award-winning north-eastern country music, enjoy friendly homestay hospitality and admire a range of local products.
What to experience ?
However, in addition to their simple and attractive rural way of life, this Phu Tai community have become well known for preserving ‘Mor Lum’, or traditional Isaan country singing and dancing.
Mor Lum is fun, uplifting and addictive. In fact, it’s pretty well impossible not to get up and dance if you happen to be within earshot of the classic ‘pin’ (a local guitar) or ‘kaen’ (bamboo pipes).
The village has gradually made a name for itself among Thai Country music fans, since two music lovers, Mr. Sood Soravech and Mr. Tin Duangmanee formed a group, “Sor Urai Silp,” in 1962.
Since then, Mor Lum has been passed on successfully to the younger generation. The village youth now take turns performing in the village, as well as at cultural events around Thailand.
In 2003, the community formed Plakaow Homestay group, 25 traditional houses accommodate visitors. Join in a ‘Bai Sri Su Kwan’ welcoming ceremony and enjoy traditional north-eastern food.
In addition to the stirring rythms of Mor Lum, you can join the long-drum parade, offer alms to the monks, and check out the communities products including bamboo furniture, dolls crafted made from breadfruit trees and silk.
How does it help ?
The many awards which this community has received inside Thailand testify to the fantastic achievement of conserving and celebrating the magic of Mor Lum. In many Isaan villages, only a few elders are still able to perform authentic Mor Lum. However, in Pla Kaow, children as young as 6 and 7 years old are joining in, enthusiastically after school. The fame of the village is also promising them a virtually ensured good income, without needing to move away from home.
The village has joined the Thai government One Product One Tambon (OTOP) scheme, with their music as their main product. This is earning the village an income of several million Baht per year. In addition, the village is also producing and selling traditional handmade products.
Offering homestay has encouraged villagers to keep their homes and village clean and healthy.
The community has 6 rules which they request guests to follow during a stay in the village. These include abstaining from drinking alcohol, being prepared to try local food and joining in local activities!
Be aware that this community often receives large groups of Thai travellers. Pla Kaow really is vibrant and great fun, but it is not the place to go for a quiet and peaceful rural escape!
- 2010 “Peaceful village” award from her Royal Highness Princess Sirindhorn
- 2010 Self- Sufficiency Economy Village
- 2005, 2007, 2009 Home Stay Standard
- 2006 OTOP Village
To organize your stay there you need to contact the CBT Network coordination center in Chiang Mai which help communities to communicate in English, at least 10 days prior to arrival.
CBT-Network Coordination Center (English Language)
Thiratee Chaijaree, CBT-N Coordinator based in Chiangmai 50100
Tel.+66-53 948286-7 | Fax : +66 5380 7001
Mobile : +668 1111 4871
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Skype : thiratee
Plakaow Home Stay and OTOP crafts (Thai Language)
77 Moo 10 Baan Plakaow Tambon Plakaow Aumphoe Muang
Amnat Charoen Province 37000 Thailand
Contact: Mr. Rianchai Potarin
Tel +66 818 787 833 | Fax. +66 45 543 109