Ban Sam Chong Nuea Community in Phangnga Province has been selected as a model site for community-based tourism.
Culture Ministry officials who visited the southern town Friday said they hoped the tourism model would help stimulate the local economy through its cultural values.
Villagers welcomed the ministry’s permanent secretary, Yupha Taweewattanakitborvon, along with other visiting officials, on their inspection trip to the award-winning village.
Ban Sam Chong Nuea was selected as one of 10 model communities for community-based tourism from 228 nominees nationwide.
The permanent secretary congratulated the villagers, saying their town will later serve as a learning center for other communities seeking to adopt similar approaches.
Ban Sam Chong Nuea is filled with colorful houses and fisherfolk traditions. It is also home to a large mangrove forest and abundant natural resources. Additionally, visitors staying overnight can conveniently connect to other tourist attractions.