Where Time Stands Still in Thailand
What is more exciting than exploring a modern metropolis like Bangkok and discovering this frenetic city still has many charming little neighborhoods where time seems to stand still. For generations of residents, these neighborhoods are where people live together like family and look out for each other. Compared to the modern landscape, the pace of life is a bit slower and the close-knit family shops and restaurants are preferred over big chain shopping malls and trendy restaurants.
Unfortunately, neighborhoods like these are rapidly disappearing due to demand for new space for development. The residents are displaced and their long held traditional life disappears also. Luckily, tourism can help these unique neighborhoods become sustainable and prevent their removal. The expert guides of our local partner can give your clients the back door tour of these traditional neighborhoods, encourage interaction with the friendly residents and support the neighborhood at the same time!
Nang Loeng is one of those neighborhoods. Tucked away behind Nakhon Sawan Road, this neighborhood is famous for food and the legendary Thai actor, Mitr Chaibancha, who was born and raised in Nang Loeng. Passing the memorial dedicated to Mitr Chaibancha leaves your travelers only a short walk from the market of Nang Loeng.
Many delicious snacks and dishes displayed at the stalls will entice your travelers to try some traditional Thai foods. Dating back more than 100 years, this market is the place to go for tasting some long time Thai favorites like duck noodles, fish sausage, coconut snacks and crispy egg pancakes filled with vegetables, pork and shrimp.
Our personal favorite is the food stall owned by a local grandma who has been making traditional Thai sweets in her home since World War II! Her humble home is opposite of the former cinema, a large wooden building that was saved from demolition through a successful protest by a united group of residents.
But there is more to life than food! What about experiencing a private classical Thai dance lesson from an elderly teacher, one of the last of her profession still around. While passing on her knowledge to her daughter and granddaughter, she also enjoys meeting and sharing her passion with the wider community, including travelers.
Your clients can finish their visit to this charming neighborhood at the local noodle shop that has been around for generations. This memorable visit, like the neighborhood, is truly unforgettable. For more information or to request a booking, please contact at [email protected]