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Friday, November 16, 2012

Na Wa Arts and Crafts Center Nakhon Phanom Thailand

The Nawa Arts and Crafts Center is actually closer to Sakon Nakhon town than Nakhon Phanom, altough it is located in the Province. The Foundation for the Promotion of Supplementary Occupations and Related Technique is under the Royal Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen.
It is located in the grounds of a temple in Ban Tha Rua in Amphor Na Wa
You drive North on road 2346, from Route 22 in Chiang Krua, through NaWa and turn west to Tha Rua.
Doing a Google Search I could find no mention of the Center and the Tourism Authority of Thailand propaganda I find no mention. I read about the place at the Nakhon Phanom Governors Mansion Museum and decided to stop on the way back to Sakon Nakhon.
It was a Sunday so most of the crew was off, but there was plenty of work going on and the staff on hand was most enthusiastic.
This is an example of another place, under Royal Patronage, that is ignored, under visited by Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Provincial Tourist Authorities.
The products are of good quality and fairly price. The project bring income to the workers. But this is Thailand, Isaan at that, so no one really gives a shit.