Live the Phana Life


Welcome ! 

Welcome to Phana! We are a small rural town that is off the beaten track – for tourists and locals alike. Spend a few days here and you will have a peaceful, authentic experience of life in Thailand that few tourists ever get to see.

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Welcome ! 

The Phana Monkey Project hosts researchers, students and interested volunteers with the aim of helping to conserve the monkeys’ habitat (Don Chao Poo Forest). We also offer support to local primary schools whenever we can.

We recommend you spend a minimum of 3 nights / 2 days to get the best out of your stay; only with that lenght of stay you will really learn about the local culture and the monkeys that inhabit the nearby forest. 

We have an attractive exhibition at our Study Centre where you will learn how the monkeys live and how to interact with them in a safe and useful way. Spend time in the forest – watching the monkeys and perhaps offering them some food.

Besides monkeys we have many other things to offer. Visit one of our markets for example, which gives you a good feeling of day-to- day business in the village. The morning market is on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 6am to about 8.30am – and an evening market meets on Thursdays from 4pm to 6.30pm. In the weaving co-operative you can see how they produce hand-woven cotton and silk cloth and you can learn about the natural dying process. If you wish you could even take a piece home.

To finalize your day you can take a relaxing massage at the Thai Traditional Medicine Centre for 300 Baht. They can even show you how they produce the herbal medicines that they sell there.

Phana is home to a 300 year-old Buddhist temple which houses a famous Buddha image. You are welcome to visit it and to take photos. 

If you are interested in seeing the early morning alms round by village monks, your home-stay hostess can easily arrange this. But can you be up before 6.30 am?

You will stay in our Research Centre or in home-stay accommodation with a light breakfast provided. During the day and evening there are several small restaurants, noodle-shops, food stalls and cafes that will provide you with a choice of local and Thai food. We will help you make your choices by giving you menus and food guides in Thai and English.

You will be lended bycicles to discover the countriside, the rice fields and the surroundings of Phana. 

We can also arrange a meeting with Mr Surayuth Singhnak (aka Mr Tong) that will be able to organize a Kayak trip on the canals of Phana.

Phana is also host of a great variety of festivals. The two most known and appreciated by the community are the Dancing Festival during which the Phana villagers turn the city in a great dance floor with a competition at the end.

The other one, occuring a day after is the Rocket Festival during which the villagers shoot giant rockets at the sky to bring rain to the town.


Cost: 300THB per person per night includes:


- Accommodation


- Breakfast


- Introduction to Phana


- Use of bicycle


- Village map with suggested bicycle tour routes

Support the project

The PMP is a completely non-profit organization and therefore relies only on private funds to achieve its goals. If you want to be part of the adventure and help us achieve our ultimate mission, a harmonious life between the monkeys and the inhabitants of Phana, you can volunteer or come and visit Phana and contribute to the project with your accommodation fees. 

Or you can donate small amounts or buy the books of one of the original founders of the PMP, Lawrence Whiting whose knowledge and experience in Thailand inspired him to write several books on Isan and Buddhism. 
Know that all the profit and donations will be used for the sole purpose of improving the daily life of the monkeys by buying them their favorite food and paying the local staff who clean and manage the rubbish in the forest of Don Chao Poo. 

Available as e-books only: 

Books Mango, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo

Available as e-books only: 

Books Mango, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo

Available as e-books or print on demand. 

Books Mango, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo 

Printed copy signed by

the author (includes both Isan Son-in- law and Isan Father-in- law). Available only from author at Phana Monkey Project.  

All sales from these books and donations will be donated to the Phana Monkey Project.