Gold rush in a village in Bang Saphan district

Hundreds of local people from Bang Saphan district in Prachuab Khiri Khan have flocked to Pa Ron village to pan for gold dust in a klong for the past few days after the reported discovery of a two-baht weight gold nugget spread out.

Tourists were reported to have visited the village too � not to pan for gold but to observe the prospectors in the act of panning for gold in Klong Pun Lum in the village. Some of them reportedly bought small gold nuggets or gold dust from the prospectors as souvenir.

Rumours have it that the two-baht weight gold nugget found by one of the prospectors had fetched a price of about 100,000 baht although no one has actually seen nugget.

Some gold dusts were panned and they would sold on the spot, it was reported.

Meanwhile, the Ron Thong Tambon Administration Organization has come up with an idea to promote the Pa Ron village into a tourist destination for cultural study of the livelihood of the local people.

A one-rai plot of land in the village has been donated for development into a small cultural square complete with souvenir shops, car park and other facilities.

Bang Saphan gold has earned the reputation for a long time of being the finest gold in Thailand with 99 percent purity.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)