Nowadays the area is home to a few villages that are supported by a Royal Project Phu Phayak to help local people in a sustainable existence without growing opium. Now Phu Phayak is producing the famous Phu Phayak Coffee that is sold in Nan - Thailand and even in some places in Bangkok.
And nowadays there is a Communist Memorial to honour the communist soldiers fighting the Thai government. The museum and memorial was officially opened in December 2005 and is the result of combined efforts of local people and ex-communists to reconcile the past disagreements. The museum shows the history of the ex-communist centre, the story of Ban Huai Chanin rebellion against unfair taxes and the stories of the battles.
At 9 and 10 December there is the 13th Memorial of Phu Phayak to remember reconciliation of the past disagreements. A great event to visit and meet some of the first-hand witnesses of troubled times in Phu Phayak. But a bit difficult to get there and there is no accommodation nearby. See also Phu Phayak Communist Memorial.