Best Creative Experience 2nd Runner up
Baan Hat Sompaen Community Tourism Group
This community known for its mineral sifting is spectacularly surrounded by greenery, rivers, valleys and mist. Baan Hat Sompaen’s charming way of life has been shaped by its 100-year mining history, which has now been adapting into mineral sifting. This and other unique traditions like Thai dessert-making have formed an interesting tourism path where visitors can learn about the story of mineral sifters in the past. Kaolin is now one of the most popular minerals in Thailand and has been transformed into various kaolin ceramic products. The visitors can even try making their own ceramic masterpieces here.
- Board a traditional wooden mini-bus and trace the footsteps of the past in the old mine. Visit some natural attractions around the community along the way.
- Learn about mineral sifting, a local practice.
- Ceramic workshop.
- Learn how to make herbal mineral water soap.
- Make kaolin water salted eggs.
- Shop for some local kaolin ceramic products.
Price 1,390 Baht/Person
(minimum 5 persons, excluding accommodation and transportation)
|Morning||Experience a warm welcome as you learn about the story of Baan Hat Sompaen’s 100-year-old mining history.|
|Pay homage to Buddha’s relics and Luang Po Tan Klai, the former abbot of Hat Sompaen Temple.|
|Board a traditional wooden mini-bus and trace the footsteps of the past in the old mine. Enjoy traditional dessert.|
|Visit “Ranong Canyon” and admire its beautiful scenery.|
|Noon||Have lunch and taste Baan Hat Sompaen’s famous herbal sweet rice noodle. See the traditional sifting dance at “Hat Sompaen Sub-district Communal Vocational Promotion Center”.|
|Afternoon||See how ceramic products are made from kaolin with a demonstration and try making your own too.|
|Shop for some souvenirs from Baan Hat Sompaen.|
|Learn how mineral sifting is done at “Mineral Sifting Learning Center”.|
|Visit the “mineral trading center”. See how minerals are sorted, inspected by hand, and then prepared before being sent off to the smeltery.|
|Take a dip in the Tharin Hot Spring Ranong (with some onsen eggs as a snack).|
|Morning||Visit Baan Tien Sue and pay respects to Tien Sue, the former treasury minister of Ranong.|
|Return to Bangkok.|
Food at the community
- ‘Moo Kong’ pork belly in soy sauce
- Roasted pork belly with salted fish
- Herbal rice noodle with coconut cream
Products/souvenirs at the community
Baan Hat Sompaen ceramic products, Ranong pearl
Miss. Sureeporn Sabpagul
Tel. : 08-0040-2425, 08-7284-3479
Getting to the Community
Address : Moo 2, Tambon Hat Som Paen, Amphoe Mueang, Ranong 85000
Facebook : บ้านหาดส้มแป้น BaanHatsompaen
The community is 33 kilometers from Ranong Airport, 30 minutes travel time.