Appreciate the Northeastern Thai Culture at Jim Thompson Farm

Do you remember Wang Nam Khiao that Sukjai blogged about lately? Today Sukjai is telling you about the other place in northeastern Thailand that is near Wang Nam Khiao.

The place is Jim Thompson Farm. It dominates an area of roughly 10 Rais, featuring northeastern Thai architecture, precious culture and traditions. It demonstrates everything emerged from the folk wisdom of northeastern Thai people such as plays, foods, occupations, etc.

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The highlights of Jim Thompson Farm that you cannot miss are the giant pumpkin, sunflower field, and the colorful cosmos field. They are so perfect for shooting tons of photos. And for those who favor salads, this is your heaven! Fresh organic vegetables are offered here.

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As everyone knows, Jim Thompson is famous for its splendid silk products. So the procedures of silk production from nourishing silkworms to weaving silk and creating patterns are demonstrated here.

Before leaving you might as well want to pick up some fresh vegetables, souvenirs, and other products from here. But please remember, Jim Thompson Farm is only open from December to the beginning of January each year! Thus you have to wait for the next year to visit Jim Thompson Farm now. It is alright though since there are more than a number of places that you can visit in Thailand. Please keep the information Sukjai has given to you in case it comes in handy. Do not forget to take some photos for Sukjai if you have a chance to visit the beautiful Jim Thompson Farm!

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For more info about the farm please visit

http://www.jimthompson.com/farm/thai/index.asp.

It’s so simple to go to Lopburi for Sunflower Festival!

As Lop Buri features a train station that is in walking distance to the citiy’s major attractions and accommodation options, train is the best method to get to Lop Buri, which can then be navigated on foot, by samlor, or by songtaew. Alternatively, visitors could rent cars in Bangkok or Ayutthaya and drive into and around Lop Buri. Sukjai has some information for you.

Getting to and from Lopburi 

By Train:

Most people arrive in Lop Buri via train from Ayutthaya or Bangkok. The Lop Buri train station is within walking distance to both hotels and the major historical attractions. 

Trains heading south toward Ayutthaya (1 hour) and Bangkok leave throughout the day, roughly every hour between 5am and 9.00 p.m. Rapid and express trains between Lop Buri and Bangkok take about three hours, while ordinary trains take about 4½ hours. 

Trains heading north from Lop Buri stop at Phitsanulok on their way to Chiang Mai. There are roughly hourly departures between 8am and 3pm and again from 8.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m.

For more updated schedules and reservations, call 1690, 0 2223 7010, 0 22237020 or visit www.railway.co.th

By Car:

From Bangkok to Lop Buri, it is a two hour drive either along Highway No.1 via Saraburi (total distance is 153 kilometers) or Highway No. 32 to Ayutthaya and then along Highway No. 347 to Lop Buri via Tha Ruea District.

By Bus:

From Bangkok there are air-conditioned and non air-conditioned buses that leave from Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2) every 20 minutes between 5.30 a.m. and 8.30 p.m. The journey takes 3 hours. Call 02 936 2852-66 for more information.

From Ayutthaya, buses leave every 10 minutes from Ayutthaya Bus Terminal to Lop Buri. The price is half of the fare from Bangkok.

Lop Buri can also be reached by bus from Kanchanaburi, Suphan Buri, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, and Nakhon Ratchasima.

Getting Around Lopburi

Many of the attractions around the old town are in walking distance of each other. To cross town there are plenty of songtaews running along Wichayen and Phra Narai Maharat Roads connecting the old and new towns. The cost is 5 baht per person. City buses are also available. It costs 4 baht per passenger. Samlors, bicycle-pulled carriages, will go anywhere in the old town for 30 to 50 baht.

*For Tourists who would like to move to /check in at hotels in unaffected areas of Bangkok or other cities of Thailand, Check out http://www.thailandtourismupdate.com/Home

TAT Ubon Ratchathani welcomes everyone to the beginning of our favorite season of the year, WINTER in Thailand!! Come appreciate the blossoms of Rab Sadet Flowers, the ancient murals of Pha Taem, and more from November 23 onwards at Pha Taem National Park, Ubon Ratchathani. Don’t forget to bring your coat! ^0^