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Towering densely around Baan Tublaan, in Nadee District of Prachinburi, is the forest of Talipot Palm, the last one of Thailand. As part of Tublaan National Park, the Talipot Palm forest spans over the 14,000 acres area. The palm, native to Southeast Asia and India, can reach as high as 82 feet, with gigantic leaves that are upto 16 feet wide.

As its leaf is quite hard and endurable.  In the past, it was widely used for thatching or making manuscripts. The people of Baan Tublaan uses only the dry palm leaves and carve them out into utensils and different items.

It began from making the basic farmer hats for their daily usage. The hats became the famous products. By support from the government, the weavers got trained for new weaving skill. Today, they can develop new weaving patterns and produce organic handbag from the leaves.

Today the palm leaves product covers variety of utensils from various bag models, hats, lamps, to tissue boxes. Different weaving patterns are adapted in to decorate the products. The village’s luxurious handbags with braided handles won the five-star OTOP awards for three consecutive years.

Annually, they organize conservation event for the Talipot Palm reforestation. Homestay service is also available for those who want to get a glimpse of life in the palm forest.

 

How to get there : Baan Tublaan is 30 miles from Prachinburi, via highway 304.