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Although only a small community, Baan Phra Bat Huai Tom is brimming with faith.

Phra Bat Huai Tom is a Pga K’nyau community that has been established in Lamphun for several decades (Pga K’nyau is what the Karen hilltribe people call themselves.) The Pga K’nyau elders say that they migrated to this area leaving their traditional homes behind because of the faith they have for Luang Pu Khru Bachaiyawongsapattana, a monk involved in community development and highly revered by the Lanna people back when he was abbot in this same area.

Although Luan Pu has now passed away, the Pga K’nyau remain here and abide by his teachings in relation to lifestyle and beliefs, such as living in compliance with ancient Buddhist traditions. This is clearly reflected in their diet, daily routines and interactions with their natural surroundings. The entire village is vegetarian, and they do not raise animals for food. They also give daily offerings to the monks (or ‘make merit’) at the temple, an age-old practice of Buddhism.

The awe-inspiring characteristics of their lifestyles are observable in every activity they do on a daily basis. In fact, the people even still wear their traditional Pga K’nyau costumes which are woven at home. Other than that, they also manufacture their own silverware and knives, while farming in line with the traditions passed down by their ancestors.

All of these activities exemplify the love and faith they have in Buddhism and as well as their traditional lifestyle. Join them and experience the tranquility of this peaceful philosophy.

  • Knife-forging
  • Huai Tom Design
  • Create product marketing plans for the community
  • Silverware Base

Team Building & Workshops


Knife-forging is one of the main occupations of the Pga K’nyau people at Baan Huai Tom. The people here are skilled at crafting kitchen knives, farming knives and axes. You can learn these skills yourself from Khun Patu Tantibunchuchai, a top knife craftsman of Baan Huai Tom. Afterwards, help one another try to forge knives that match the models shown as closely as possible within a set period of time.

Huai Tom Design

The hand-woven cotton fabrics of the Pga K’nyau are unique. Their color patterns mimic the natural surroundings and reflect the unique colors of each season.

Create product marketing plans for the community

A chance to brainstorm your thoughts and come up with some creative ideas to design marketing/sales plans for the products in the community. Then, you can design the new packaging while creating branding and story/sales and marketing strategies for products in the community.

Silverware Base

The silverware handicrafts of Phra Bat Huai Tom are uniquely patterned and derived from nature. As part of the silverware-making process the 99 percent pure silver is blackened to create that unique appearance. As part of this activity, you need to divide into teams to learn more about this beautiful silverware before trying to guess the value of each piece of silver in the community together.


2 Days 1 Night Trip

Day 1
05:30 am Meet up at Don Muang International Airport in Bangkok.
06:40 am Depart Don Muang International Airport.
07:45 am Arrive at Chiang Mai International Airport. Claim your baggage and head for breakfast.
08:40 am Enjoy breakfast at Huan Pen, a famous Thai restaurant in Chiang Mai.
09:40 am Leave for Phra Bat Huai Tom Community.
12:00 pm Welcome greeting by community leaders.
12:30 – 01:30 pm Try a special vegetarian lunch in the manner enjoyed by the Pga K’nyau of Bat Huai Tom.
02:00 – 03:30 pm Team building and workshops.
04:00 – 04:20 pm Head to your hotel accommodation and check-in. After, take time to rest or run any personal errands.
05:30 pm Attend a party at Baan Pailyn Resort.
07:30 pm Free time to rest and relax around the community/at your accommodation.
Day 2
05:30 am Leave your hotel for make some morning offerings and experience the lives of the Pga K’nyau of Phra Bat Huai Tom at Phra Bat Huai Tom Temple. Everyone has to dress in bright Pga K’nyau costumes prepared by the community.
06:00 am Make offerings to the monks and build good karma for yourself.
07:00 am Return to the hotel for breakfast.
07:30 am Breakfast at the hotel and time for any personal errands.
09:00 am Leave for Phra Bat Huai Tom Community.
09:30 am Take a bicycle ride and observe the livelihoods of the people of Phra Bat Huai Tom and the community landscape on both sides of the road.
Offer prayers at Phra Maha That Chedi Sri Wiang Chai, which was modeled after the famous Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar. Made completely of laterite, it is the largest laterite pagoda in Thailand and the largest true gold-covered pagoda in the north.
10:00 am CSR activities.
10:40 am Say your goodbyes and express your appreciation to the people in the community. There is also an opportunity to take some pictures together with the villagers and buy some community products to take back home as a souvenir or gift.
11:00 am Return to your accommodation with time for your personal errands.
12:20 am Check-out from your accommodation and head out for lunch.
12:30 am Have lunch at Krua Rim Tarn Restaurant, a famous restaurant in the Li District.
01:30 pm Leave for Chiang Mai.
04:00 pm Stop off at Warorot Market to buy some gifts.
04:30 pm Head for dinner at Khum Wiang Yong Restaurant.
05:00 pm Enjoy dinner at Khum Wiang Yong Restaurant.
06:10 pm Leave for Chiang Mai International Airport.
06:40 pm Arrive at Chiang Mai International Airport and check-in for your trip back to Bangkok with Thai Air Asia.
07:50 pm Depart for Bangkok.
09:10 pm Arrive at Don Muang International Airport.

Baan Phra Bat Huai Tom, Lamphun
Tel. +666 5734 9427

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