Nobody is too old to learn and travelling is a great way to do so. With this in mind, 16 villages across the nation together with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and several other agencies have recently launched the "Our Lovely Countryside: Silver Age 5.0" campaign aimed at offering senior travellers chances to enjoy new experiences in rural areas.
Ban Rim Klong Homestay, the community that straddles Klong Phi Lok (translated as Haunted Canal) in Samut Songkhram, for example, is where the young-at-heart holidaymakers can explore the area's coconut plantations. They will be accompanied by local guides who will explain everything about growing the trees as well as how to make palm sugar, from extracting the sweet sap from coconut blossoms and dehydrating it in a large heated wok to using the end product to make Thai desserts in which palm sugar is a major ingredient. Those interested in cloth-dyeing can attend a workshop that uses coconut husk to add colour to textiles. Watching the sunset and taking group selfies on the waterside, like the ladies in the photograph, will be a memorable way to finish an activity-filled day.
Meanwhile, Ban Laem, a Muslim community among the mangroves in Tha Sala, Nakhon Si Thammarat, has something different to offer. Apart from experiencing local dishes and the villagers' way of life, visitors and their company can also enjoy a mud spa by the sea. For many, this could be the first such experience in their lives.
The other 14 communities participating in the campaign include Dong Yen Agricultural Enterprise Community, Suphan Buri; Laem Phak Bia Community (Ban Don Nai), Phetchaburi; Takhian Tia Community, Chon Buri; Ban Talay Noi Rayong Hi Tourism Community, Rayong; Prasae Homestay Tourism Community Enterprise, Rayong; Ban Kok Mueang Community, Buri Ram; Khemmarat Mae Khong Tourism Community Enterprise, Ubon Ratchathani; Silapetch Homestay, Nan; Pang Ha Homestay Community, Chiang Rai; Ban Tha Khan Thong Homestay, Chiang Rai; Mueang Luang Nuea Tai Lue Community, Chiang Mai; Leeled Ecotourism Community, Surat Thani; Thung Yi Peng Ecotourism Community Enterprise, Krabi; and Tamod Tourist Homestay Community Enterprise, Phatthalung.
For details of each community and contact persons, visit the campaign's website at shorturl.at/tAY25.