The OTOP is a program that was designed by the recent Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra during the 2001-2006 Thai Rak Thai government.
A tombon in Thailand is a sub-district and the program was to promote and stimulate the local production of unique locally made products. There is a large array of products that have received this OTOP branding – even after the program was cancelled when Thaksin was overthrown in 2006.
The current Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra opened the festival this year amid talk of increased Government money for Phuket developments and air conditioning – not the same as 2011.
My family and I went and we surrounded by music, food cooking smells and music. The music was from a band playing local Thai instruments and women in Thai traditional dress acting out a dance about ‘Kinaree’ – my daughter loved it.
We then sampled the sausages and the coffee – made extravagantly and without making a mess. We watched some wood carving and sampled some more dishes of something – my family and I were welcomed by the Thai people - lovely