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History

Sa paper (also known as Mulberry paper) is a uniquely colorful product of Thai Lanna which has become a popular souvenir for Thai and international tourists visiting Chiang Mai. There are variety of applications of Sa paper, from making artificial flowers, through wedding dresses, to gift wrapping boxes, and cards.

In the past, the common usage of Sa paper was for notebooks called "Pub Sa". Pub Sa is rectangular, folded to the sides and can write on both sides. Pub Sa makes a cover book with paintings or sealing with gold plate to make it look great, use for notes, chants, Buddhist texts and spells. It can be stored for hundreds of years without breaking the dry frame. Insects do not like to eat the material, therefore the color and content of the article can be preserved for a long time. In addition, Sa paper can be used to make a flag to offer on Loy Krathong day or to stick on the sand pagoda in Songkran festival.

The history of the Sa paper is linked to the history of the Lanna people, who have been influenced by the handmade paper from China and have passed down their methods for generations. “Ban Ton Pao” is a famous source of Sa paper in Chiang Mai and has the wisdom of hundred years from the Tai people. It is the ancestors of Ton Pao people who migrated from Sipsongpanna to Chiang Tung and Chiang Rung.

In ancient times, the people of Ban Ton Pao in Lanna are agricultural workers and their secondary occupation in their free time is making Sa paper (making Sa pulp to sheet paper). Their products were used in the annual religious and household ceremonies. On these occasions, Sa paper is used to writing to the talisman, wrapping gifts, and making artificial flowers for decoration.

Production of Sa paper in Ban Ton Pao has traveled through several eras from secondary occupations towards becoming a major occupation. When foreign visitors started to pay attention and look for products made from nature, making Sa paper became a viable occupation for local people.

Ton Pao Village is well known as a traditional handmade mulberry paper mill in Chiang Mai and also as a place that values the conservation of traditional knowledge of making Sa paper. They have won numerous awards, “Product Design” and “Development and Eco-Friendly Manufacturing Awards”. Ton Pao Village is producing Ss paper to generate income for the community.

There have 3 groups in this community.

    1. Sales department is includingmembers are living on both sides of the road to the village will be a shop to display mulberry paperproducts.They do receive orders and contact customers.
    2. Production is including the members are living in the village. They will get orders from the first group to producing such as paper making, product making, tinting, screen and creative products.
    3. Line production/subcontractor is including another part of members and daily hire or subcontractor from other area around village.
Hence Ton Pao Village, San Kamphaeng, Chiang Mai is one of the main locations of traditional mulberry papermaking and products in Thailand. Tourists can learn how to make traditional mulberry paper and get inexpensive products.

Sa paper farm app

Learn how to make a sa paper and have fun with game

Learn how to make “Sa” craft paper from the experts at Ton Pao Village in Chiangmai, Thailand with this augmented reality (AR) experience! (Note: you need to visit Ton Pao Village to access the AR features of the application.)

Use the application to explore Sa Paper Farm and learn about the 5 steps of “Sa” paper production, starting from the raw mulberry bark. If you can follow the process and answer the questions correctly then you will receive a souvenir at Sa Paper Farm. Enjoy your search!

Traditional Attraction

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  • Determined to carry on the traditional Thai method of Celadon production by maintaining the handmade procedures, emphasizing on the importance of painting, carving lively designs characterizing Thai arts and cultural life in order to preserve Thai traditional wisdom. Open Mon – Sat at 08.00 AM - 05.00 PM

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  • Arts and crafts flourish in the northern kingdom of Chiang Mai, renowned throughout history for its skilled artisans and craftsmen. For much of the last century and into this one, it is also where many celebrated Thai contemporary artists and auteurs have called home. Open Wed - Mon 10.00 AM - 06.00 PM

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  • Delivering the new experience for visitor in new unique style because we have raised a lush golf course not for play golf, but for ponies and sheep for grazing and walking. Open every day at 09.00 AM - 06.00 PM

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  • Has 2 hot springs shooting burst of hot water around 20 metres high into the air. Water temperature is originally over 100 degrees Celcius and then loses its heat through the blowing wind. Open every day at 07.00 am – 06.00 pm

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  • Home of Phra Phutthasihing, Chiang Mai’s most sacred. During the Songkran festival, Phra Phutthasihing is carried in a parade procession around town so locals can bath the image with scented water, which brings good luck according to a traditional belief. Open every day at 8.00 am - 5.00 pm

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  • The most important temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Built in the early 19th Buddhist century, the beauty of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is marked by seven-headed serpent statues that line the stairs to the temple where a Chiang Saen style golden pagoda and all its exquisite Lanna architecture is situated. The view of Chiang Mai from here is just phenomenal as well. Open every day at 8.00 am - 5.00 pm

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  • A royal residence in Doi Buak Ha. It was built in 1961 to accommodate the royal family during state visits to Chiang Mai. It is built in the mountains overlooking Chiang Mai, to take advantage of the cool mountain air. The rose gardens are particularly famous (Suan Suwaree), with temperate plants grown here that are not commonly found in Thailand. Open every day at 8.00 am - 5.00 pm

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  • In the village is the small house arranged as museum displaying hill tribe cloths, plantation tools, kitcheners and opium producing equipments. Upon the hill above the village is an attractive garden abundant with beautiful flowers planting. Along the walk way through the village is plenty of handicraft shop with variety of hill tribe products including cloths, hats, caps, bags, belts, and accessories. Open every day at 08.00 am. – 06.00 pm

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  • The park size is more than 800,000 Square Meters. Collecting varieties of plants from all around the world which are divided into garden sections. Each section shows beautiful plants with divisibly landscape architecture. Our Sections are Thai gardens, Corporate gardens, and International gardens. Open every day at 08.00 am. – 06.00 pm

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  • Located at the top of a hill to the south west of the city. The views from the top of Wat Doi Kham are impressive; you can see both the city and the rolling mountains at the back of Doi Pui Mountain. The temple is mainly visited by Thai’s who come to visit the 17-metre-tall image of sitting Buddha. Open every day at 06.00 am. – 06.00 pm

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  • Great coffee and cakes and a lovely atmosphere. Enjoyed our stop here. They have a store where you can buy items made from paper as the name Kradas translates to paper.Open every day at 09.00 am - 5.00 pm

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  • The greatest taste of northern style food in Chiang Mai. Serve customers with small dishes but good taste so they can have many dished for trying. Reasonable pricing and smiling service. Open Tue – Sun 10.00 am -04.00 pm

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  • Great menu, excellent service. Well priced, good quality. Many dishes hard to find elsewhere. A bit out of the way, but easy enough to find. One of the best Khao Soi I've had Open Thu – Tue at 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

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Trip around Sa Paper Farm

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Sa paper group Ban Ton Pao

Contact for information and Activity book :

No.18, Moo 1,
Ton Pao, San Kamphaeng District, Chiang Mai 50130

Mr. Wijit Yinang Vijit_paperfarm@hotmail.com

081-9527949


Department of Science Services

Natural Material and Fibre Section, Division of Engineering Materials

75/7 Rama VI Road,
Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400

Dr. Poovadee Tuchinda poovadee@dss.go.th
Mr. Korpong Hongsri korpong@dss.go.th
Mr. Surawut Puangmalee surawut@dss.go.th
Ms. Thitarinee Suroipan thitarinee@dss.go.th
Ms. Jarawee Leksuksri ljarawee@dss.go.th

+66 (0)2201 7121