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 souvenirs. Rumours have it that the two-baht weight gold nugget found by one of the prospectors had fetched a price of about 100,000 THB although no one has actually seen nugget. Some gold was panned and be sold on the spot, it was reported.
Meanwhile, the Ron Thong Tambon Administration Organisation 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 the finest gold in Thailand with 99 percent purity.