“A Good Community with Smile”
project to visit the area and drive the project. Reaping benefits from new generation who return to their hometown, it marked an expansion from the “Unite for Our Hometown”
project. Young people seeking to improve local business are key to the cooperation with other sectors to bring happiness and smile back to their hometown, and also to achieve sustainable benefits in all aspects. By emphasizing district and provincial cooperation, the community is encouraged to participate in the work to promote social, economic, and environmental benefits.
The “Ban Pla - Thanakarn Pu”
Nature & Environment Learning Center is located in Bang Sa Kao, Laem Sing. It was founded in response to mangrove forest encroachment. Since mangrove forests are nursing habitats for fish and a local resource for food, an assembly was formed to conserve these resources with plans to develop a learning center and tourist attraction in the community. A Good Community with Smile at Laem Sing supported the community to establish a working team with a clear management guideline and involved partners agencies to develop and fulfil the community’s potential by spotlighting local fisherman’s way of life, local handicraft known as reed mats (Suea kok), and remarkable local dishes to promote ecotourism and local ways of life. The traditional occupation of weaving reed mats has also been developed to produce new types of products to meet market demand and create more value. Moreover, the community shop “Laem Sing’s Good Community with Smile”
selling local products. A homestay-style of hospitality service was also developed to welcome tourists and provide a further opportunity to generate income.