130 rai paddy field in Moo 4, Maikhao Sub-district, Thalang District is the last area in Phuket where people earn their living with rice plantation. The pictures of farmers are struggling with the rice spike are rarely to be seen. They live a self-sufficient life initiating by His Majesty the King to retain a national heritage traditions and culture as well as to encourage the intellect and folk wisdom to continue here.
Previously numbers of rice field in Phuket can provide an adequate supply of rice within the province. But after an era of the tin mining, we entered to the tourism age, most paddy fields scattering throughout 3 districts changed hands and become resorts, hotels, and residential projects. There were less and less fields left until now we have this for last that left.
Former Governer Preecha Ruangchan, when he was here, together with other agencies and private sector, tried to preserve the land and promote it to be another attraction. Tourists will be able to experience rice cultivating the Thai way from the first step plowing to the milling. Now the villagers are grouping to cultivate rice and make it agrotourism.
The hidden side of Phuket has been revealed.