Nongprue eyes Muslim, Buddhist tours to spur tourism

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Nongprue officials are looking at both Buddhist and Muslim cultural tours to spur eco-tourism in the sub-district.

Deputy Mayor Suwat Rachatawattanakul chaired an April 12 tourism-promotion meeting with representatives from the Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration.

The meeting followed a March DASTA summit in Rayong on eastern tourism development. Communities were asked to propose various cultural and “green” attractions that could be used to bolster the local tourism industry.

Suwat Rachatawattanakul, Dep. Mayor of Nongprue Municipality.

Nongprue has suggested two draws for tourists. The first is a Muslim-oriented cultural tour around the Nernplubwan Community, including visits to mosques, halal food, and observing the way of Muslims living in the Pattaya area engaging in such things as goat raising, making ‘teh tarik’ (pulled tea)  and selling Muslim souvenirs and products.

A second Buddhist-oriented eco-tourism excursion would take visitors around the Wat Suthawat Temple Community, Ban Lang-Nong Samor and Marb Tato. The tour would include a video presentation on the history of Nongprue and a bicycle trek past Luang Po To, Agricultural Museum, agricultural equipment, and rice fields around Ban Luang, as well as views of local wildlife and tasting street food.

More details on the tours will be submitted to DASTA for consideration.