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Ban Phaeng is the name of an old village founded in 1823 or 191 years ago. In the beginning, the majority of villagers migrated from Ban Ngiu and Ban Non in Wapi Pathum District. The migration was leaded by Khunphor Suriyo Khamwapi. There were only 20 families settling down at Khum Ban Phaeng near at Chai Mongkol, also called Wat Tai by local people. The name of the community was taken from “Ton Phaeng”, a kind of perennial plant abundantly found in that area. For this reason, those trees became the symbol of the village. After 10 years of settlement, local people joined hands in building Wat Chai Prasit as a venue to perform religious ceremonies.
Later, another group of people from Tha Suan Yang village has joined Ban Phaeng. They were lineage descendants of Luang Phra Bang who suffered from the drought. The new comers took up residence west of the former immigrants. The leader of this group was Uppahad Rawang. Since then Ban Phaeng was divided into two, namely Khum Ban Paeng and Khum Samrong. Villagers had to elect an appropriate person to work as a village headman. Subsequently, the number of people increased, so did the number of houses and families. In 1867 Ban Phaeng was officially established as Phaeng subdistrict, under the administration of Kosum Phisai District in Maha Sarakham province.
Ban Phaeng is located at Phaeng subdistrict, Kosum Phisai District, Maha Sarakham province. It is 37 kilometers west of Maha Sarakham downtown, or 9 kilometers away from Kosum Phisai District on Maha Sarakham – Khon Kaen Road. Its vast area of 8,116 Rai is mainly paddy fields and low plains. Ban Phaeng is divided into 5 village, namely Moo 1, Moo 9, Moo 11, Moo 13 and Moo 14.
Most of the villagers make their living from rice farming and earn supplementary income from weaving reed mats, while a handful of people are freelancers. Ban Phaeng is home to a swamp called Bung Phaeng. This swamp is so spacious that it covers an area of 970 Rai in 3 villages, namely Moo 1, Moo 11 and Moo 13. Villagers utilizes clear water from the swamp for daily consumption, plantation and water supplies. A large number of teals also find this swamp their habitat, so the area of 80 Rai adjacent to the bridge is strictly restricted from field sports (fowling and fishing). Bung Phaeng is close to Maha Sarakham – Khon Kaen Road where visitors can find numerous restaurants to enjoy homely and tasty Isan dishes in reasonable price and can admire the beautiful views and the waterfowls swimming in the swamp at the same time.
Tourists can pay a visit to Ban Phaeng to indulge themselves in the nice waterside atmosphere or to purchase top-notch reed mats.