Pak Thong Chai Silk Village
One of the most famous silk villages in Thailand, showcasing elaborate silk-weaving process, and offering beautiful Thai silk at reasonable price, Korat silk is famous for its high quality. Pak Thong Chai Village is one of Thailand’s most famous silk-weaving villages, where villagers retain their creative skills in producing beautiful Korat-texture silk. Though many Thai silk factories have been set up here at the village, independent local weavers still produce exquisite hand-woven Korat silk as souvenir items. Open daily
Jim Thompson farm
Jim Thompson organize farm tours in the december/january cool season only.
The Jim Thompson Farm is open daily from Saturday 18 December 2010 through Sunday 9 January 2011. From 9.00 am until 5.00 pm.
Open on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) from 15 january to 13 february 2011.9.00 am until 5.00 pm.
In 1988, to ensure a steady and reliable supply of raw materials for silk production, the Thai Silk Company decided to invest in its own mulberry plantation and silkworm egg production center. Situated in the Pak Thong Chai district of Nakhon Ratchasima province, the project area initially covered 600 rai (about 96 hectares/237 acres). This silk farming, or sericulture, which focuses primarily on the rearing of hybrid silkworms and the cultivation of top grade silkworm eggs to be sold to contract farmers, came to be known as the Jim Thompson Farm.
The Jim Thompson Farm was opened to the public for the first time in 2001 and has since evolved into one of Isan’s most popular agrotourism and ecotourism attractions. It is open to visitors only once a year during the peak of the cool season.
The Jim Thompson farm tours provides a unique opportunity for visitors to observe up close and personal the full life cycle of the silkworms and the silk farming process as part of the Isan way of life. Other highlights include a tour of the vegetable plots and ornamental plant nursery.
New agricultural attractions include: organic farming of fruits and vegetables and rice fields where assorted Isan rice varieties have been planted and will be ready to harvest during the farm tour period. Visitors will have the opportunity to mill their own rice using antique hand-operated wooden rice grinders.
The Isan and Khorat villages are star attractions featuring antique houses unique in architecture and in pristine condition. These traditional Isan and Korat houses and various structures commonly found in rural areas are fast disappearing.
The Jim Thompson farm entrance is certainly unique with hundreds of wooden buffalo cartwheels from days gone by lining the road and fencing-in the vast mulberry fields. At the main entrance, farm tour tickets can be purchased (Adults Baht 60 and Children Baht 40).
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Jim Thompson recently open ‘Ho Kum Koon’, a tribute to Pak Thong Chai as the Nation’s Major Silk-weaving District. Located at the entrance of the Thai Silk Company’s Pak Thong Chai factory in Nakhon Ratchasima, Ho Kum Koon Tourist Information Center is open daily from 9:00 to 18:00 hrs. For more information, please call 044-441-558 Ext. 3123.
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