|Ban Dong Bang Organic Village|
The three communities include Amphawa Floating Market in Amphawa district, Samut Songkhram province, Baan Tawai Handicraft Village in Hang Dong district, Chiang Mai province, and Ban Dong Bang Organic Agriculture Village in Mueang district, Prachin Buri province.
The report says that many communities in Thailand are classified as creative communities in accordance with their local cultural bases. There are two aspects of creative communities: “area-based, or place-based,” and “product-based.”
The area-based community is mainly in the form of craftsmanship, or a cultural market, with historical and cultural capital. Among the examples of this aspect are Amphawa Floating Market and Baan Tawai Handicraft Village.
|Amphawa Floating Mark|
|Baan Tawai Handicraft Village|
Regarding the product-based aspect, a community of this aspect usually offers unique products or services, with an emphasis on local wisdom and expertise. An example for this creative community aspect is Ban Dong Bang, about 16 kilometers from the Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital, a major hospital in Prachin Buri famous for herbal products and traditional Thai medicine. The Organic Agriculture Group at Ban Dong Bang is engaged in contract farming with the hospital. A number of local residents grow medical herbs and sell them to the hospital in the form of dried materials, which will be made into herbal products by the hospital.