Thai child buys grandma gold ring with money saved selling kanom pang ping

A giving and entrepreneurial Grade 5 student from Chai Nat province in central Thailand has won over the hearts of the nation by buying his grandma a gold ring with money he saved up selling ‘kanom pang ping.’

On Sunday, 11 year old “Ice” went to a gold shop in Chai Nat with his mother with 4,700 (US$140) baht in cash.

Ice saved up money by making and selling kanom pang ping, which is sweet, toasted bread that comes in many varieties and is a popular dessert in Thailand.

At first, Ice asked the shop owner whether the money was enough to buy two gold rings, one for his maternal grandmother and one for his maternal grandfather.

However, the gold shop owner advised Ice to buy one ring otherwise they’d be too thin, so Ice decided to treat his grandma first.

Ice picked out a beautiful gold ring with a 4,500 baht price tag. Recognising the child’s kindness and diligence, the shop owner gave Ice a 200 baht discount and sold it for 4,300 baht.

Ice’s mother told reporters that her 11 year old son is a very diligent and grateful child. He is very respectful to his parents and grandparents, she said.

Not only that, but young Ice is extremely entrepreneurial and loves to sell and trade. He sells kanom pang ping with jam to his school friends as well as soft drinks.

When Ice makes a profit, he often uses the money to buy presents for family members, his mother said.

In the past, Ice wanted to buy a sofa so he saved money in a piggy bank. He smashed the piggy bank and found he had enough to buy the sofa he wanted, which was very admirable at such a young age, said his mother.

In November, a 10 year old girl from Maha Sarakham in northeast Thailand bought a 4,000 baht gold ring as a birthday present for her mother with money she saved up from her allowance.

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Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.