Introduction to Ban Thale Noi

Ban Thale Noi was formerly known as Ban Noen Sa, but later, the name was changed to Thale Noi Village. The surrounding area of the village is hilly; there is a pond where the villagers use the water from, for consumption. The villagers dug up shells over the years and in some years the sea looked like a smaller sea so they named the village "Baan Talay Noi". Now Ban Thale Noi is a historical tourism village that adopts the Sufficiency Economy Principle.  Following in their father’s footsteps they look to King Rama IX as a guide to improve the quality of life for people within the community.

The Little sea people have a way of doing agriculture, rubber plantations, orchards and fishing. Because the area of ​​the sea is adjacent to the Prasae River it is rich in marine resources. They seek to have a better standard of living by bringing valuable local wisdom, maintaining good produce and creating a sustainable, community way of life. Together the locals of Ban Thale Noi Village have organised many great activities and promote an impressive tourist route for everyone. 

Cultural information

During the Songkran Festival, there will be merit-making and pouring water on the heads of the elderly. There is also a Sand pagoda building contest in the area in front of the old ordination hall, Wat Ratchabarnphadittharam. In addition, after the Songkran Festival, Thale Noi villagers will have a Boon Song tradition, which is a tradition and ritual that has been inherited from their ancestors. There appears to be evidence of historical traces for future generations to study a large number of artifacts at the Royal Palace Temple or what the villagers call Wat Thale Noi, such as the royal throne Rattan Buddha statue. There are also ancient sites and many antiques such as pagodas, churches, lacquered cabinets, thrones, knives, swords, and other antiques.


Transport to Ban Thale Noi

  • Private car: Follow Highway No. 3 and enter Highway No. 344 (Bang Na - Chonburi - Klaeng) onto Plong Chang Phuak Road for about 6 km until you reach Ban Talay Noi Community Learning Center.
  • Public transportation: Travel by minivan Bangkok-Klaeng, get on the bus at Mo Chit. Get off at the drop-off point, Klaeng District (tell the driver that you are going to Ban Talay Noi) get off the van, and have to cross the road to the other side. At the entrance of the alley, there will be a motorbike that will take you to the Ban Talay Noi community.
    Getting around Ban Thale Noi
  • Motorbikes are commonly used in the area to get about from one village to another.  Within the village, visitors can walk around.

What’s good to eat in Ban Thale Noi?

The outstanding menus of the Talay Noi people are menus made from crispy vegetables, such as sour curry with shrimp, stir-fried with crispy greens and fried sun-dried salted fish.  See how to make sun-dried salted fish which is one of the Ban Thale Noi Village’s famous souvenirs. It is, of course,  salted fish with a good salty taste which is both mellow and fragrant.

While you are in Ban Thale Noi, why not experience a cookery class? Cooking from vegetables is the Vegetable cooking activity with Krua Saraphi, a community chef. Menus from firm vegetables will include; Tom Yum Kung Tom Yum with Vegetables, Stir Fried Vegetables in Oyster Sauce, Crispy Fried Vegetables And there are also other local dishes such as fried salted fish, shrimp paste chilli paste, Pad Thai Sen Chan. Crab Curry with Chamuang Leaves Tom Som with Snapper Coconut Milk Soup with Sun-Dried Fish with Vegetables.

There is also the unusual Two Bananas for visitors to try. If you have never been to this area before then it is highly recommended you try the different tastes. It is a banana in two waters, freshwater and brackish water, so it has a particularly sweet and delicious taste. It is different from other places so there is more opportunity for a processed product made from dried bananas to be taken away as a very popular souvenir.

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    Top Tips for staying in Ban Thale Noi

    Watch the planting of vegetables, the weaving of bamboo hats, and Mangrove Conservation. Join cooking classes with community chefs who create a menu of local vegetables as ingredients for the famous menu from the people of Thale Noi.

    The people of Thale Noi use Thai language but the conversation of the sea people have some words ending in "hi".

    Dress appropriately for activities and places, do not drink alcohol and intoxicants and do not make loud noises at night. People in the village are respectful of their surroundings and hope that their guests will enjoy this way of life too.


    Best things to do in Ban Thale Noi

    Wet water rafting, watching red hawks: Adventure travel activities by rafting on the Prasae mouth  to spot red hawks is one of the highly recommended activities that visitors can do when arriving at Ban Talay Noi.

    Raksamae Bridge: It is a wooden suspension bridge that leads through the Khlong Tha Ta Boi mangrove forest. Along the way, you will find an abundance of mangrove forests. It is a conservation area for breeding plants and animals such as mangrove crabs.

    Tung Prong Thong: this is a massive area of ​​fertile mangrove forest covering more than 6,000 rai at the mouth of the Prasae River. Walk around Thung Prong Thong where there are many photo spots with lots of natural beauty.

    Pay homage to King Taksin at Wat Ratcha Throne: Late Ayutthaya King Taksin the Great passed through the wagon district to bring soldiers up to attack the enemy in Chanthaburi by staying at Ban Talay Noi. Begin the tour by paying respect to King Taksin at Wat Ratchabarn, an old temple that existed since the Ayutthaya era, then travel to experience the way of life of the community. 

    Demonstration of wicker hats: With the abundance of trees planted in the Ban Talay Noi are, the products are put to good use - especially from the leaves that are plentiful. Villagers use leaves to weave into hats for use in gardening and tilling in their everyday life. Many tourists like to purchase these to take home as souvenirs.

    Compact vegetable planting: Phak Yuen is a crispy, delicious, sweet, aromatic vegetable that villagers like to put young sprouts of into soup or eat with chilli paste. The sapling is similar to the sprout of the sunflower and is classified as the same plant family. Compact vegetables will be available in the fields after harvesting. When the seed is mature, it falls into the field and grows into a sapling and the villagers will bring it to eat. Some seeds and saplings are for sale in the village too.

    Visit the model house:  the beautiful model house with exquisite detail was made with the intention of Aunt Ang, Ms. Prathuan Suetrong, who likes and is interested in design. By bringing pictures of places seen from books and television she was able to come up with designs and found local materials such as rice husks, wood and insect wings to create amazing works of art.