Nong Khao Village

           By the end of Ayutthaya period, Kanchanaburi was a border town against the marching path of Burmese forces. At that time, Tambon Nong Khao consisted of 2 villages; Dongrang Village and Don Kradueang Village; Wat Yai Dongrang was the main temple of Dongrang Village, and Wat Bot was the main temple of Don Kradueang Village (presently, the location of Nong Khao Kowit Phittaya). During the Siamese – Burmese War, the villagers sacrificed their lives in bravery against Burmese forces. As the result of the war, the two villages were destroyed; only ruined temples and pagodas remained. After the war, local people immigrated to settle the new community named “Nong Ya Dok Khao Village” (Presently known as Nong Khao Village) beside the big lagoon. For several reigns, Nong Khao Village has been in support of the kings since the age of Rattanakosin. As recorded on the Rattanakosin Royal Annals by Chao Phraya Thiphakonwong, King Rama IV and King Rama V proceeded to Kanchanaburi past Nong Khao Village on Friday (the 14th day of the waning moon). The annals stated that the king went back from Kanchanaburi pavilion to Nong Khao pavilion and spent one night at Nong Khao Village. During the stay, impressed by the warm welcome of Nong Khao people, the king composed a verse as to express his appreciation. A part of the verse says:

 

 “More than five hundred people were sitting outside the pavilion; they brought small tables, trays of gifts, traditional trays, four or five sticks of glutinous rice roasted in bamboo joints, and black sweets. They carried the gifts as many as they could as to give to me. While talking with them, their local accent sounded foreign to me and some people were arguing with each other”.

 

The development of Nong Khao Village has been progressing through time; however, most people still live their lives simply and self-sufficiently in an agricultural community. Many Thai style houses, traditional ways of living and culture can still be seen nowadays.  

 

Location of Nong Khao Village

 Tambon Nong Khao, Amphoe Tha Muang, Kanchanaburi Province, located in the northern part of Amphoe Tha Muang, is about 10 kilometers from Tha Muang District Office, about 15 kilometers from Kanchanaburi City Hall, and 115 kilometers from Kanchanaburi Educational Service Area.

Tambon Nong Khao shares boundaries with the following subdistricts:

 

Tambon Thung Samo, Amphoe Phanom Thuan     to the north

Tambon Thalo, Amphoe Tha Muang                                 to the south

Tambon Thung Thong, Amphoe Tha Muang                      to the east

Tambon Pak Phraek, Amphoe Mueang                 to the west

 

Way of Life of Nong Khao People

           Nong Khao, as a village in Tambon Nong Khao, is located about 12 kilometers from the downtown. The village is well-known in its high quality textile manufacturing and weaving looms; one of the most famous local product is called “Pha Khao Ma Roi Si (One-Hundred-Colored Loincloths)”. The way of life of people is still related to agriculture; besides, visitors can generally see Thai style houses, traditional way of living and culture in Nong Khao Village; for example, traditional way of pounding rice, traditional Thai sweets, making palm sugar, topknot-cutting ceremony, rice farming, singing Yei and Puang Malai songs, etc. Tourists who would like to visit the village in group can directly contact The Tourism Authority of Thailand (Kanchanaburi Office); the office offers an impressive experience of cultural shows representing Nong Khao people’s way of life during a local dinner. A reservation can be made directly at Wat Inthraram (Wat Nong Khao) Tel. No.         0-3458-6003. In addition, an Agro-tourism package is available for foreigners to experience the way of life of people; rice farming, The Rice Blessing Ceremony, sugar palm collecting, making palm juice, Thai style house, making basketry, making traditional fishing tools, etc.

           

Traveling

 

 

Keep on Highway No. 324 (Kanchanaburi - Suphanburi), the village is located about 12 kilometers from the downtown.