When people talk about Prachuap Khiri Khan, they mostly think about Hua Hin, the century-old resort town with the 5km-long sandy beach, or the famous Phraya Nakhon Cave in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park. Not many are interested in the Bang Saphan and Thap Sakae districts, which have been promoting community tourism. Bang Saphan has long been well-known for gold ore and black rattan basketry, while Thap Sakae is home to pristine beaches, waterfalls and forests.
According to Nikhom Ratkhiri, a village headman of Ban Pa Ron, gold from Bang Saphan is 99.99% pure and can be sold right away to gold shops. The fame of this community began in the reign of King Borommakot of Ayutthaya Kingdom (1733-1758). It all started when some locals who came to search for wild products here found gold in the Phan Lam stream and informed King Borommakot. Gold prospectors later flocked to the stream, later renamed Klong Thong, meaning Stream of Gold, and a village for gold prospectors was set up.
Source: https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/specia ... ce-of-gold
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