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Chang Hua Man: A Farm Project at the Initiative of His Majesty the King

March 20, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

Local and international tourists have been invited to visit the Chang Hua Man farm project, initiated by His Majesty the King, in Phetchaburi province.
The project site serves as a learning center for farmers and visitors. It has also become an attraction for people to appreciate rural life in Thailand.

In late 2009, His Majesty the King bought 250 rai, or 100 acres, of land in Tha Yang district, Phetchaburi, with his personal funds in order to build a model farm. This royally initiated project is intended to improve the living conditions of farmers in Phetchaburi and nearby provinces. Originally, the plot of land was unattended and eucalyptus trees were grown there.

In the model farm, chemical-free economic crops have been planted, with an emphasis on native plants in Phetchaburi, such as coconut, rose apple, lemon, pineapple, rice, and sweet potato. Later, a dairy farm was established to raise cows.

The project site has a good irrigation management system to store water in a reservoir for cultivation. There is a demonstration of wind power where people can learn about this clean form of energy. Solar cells have also been installed as an alternative energy source.

Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Thawatchai Arunyik said that visitors to the model farm would learn how His Majesty the King has devoted his time and efforts to help improve the lives of Thai farmers. They would also enjoy the pleasant country atmosphere and taking part in fun activities on the farm.

TAT states that a day touring the Chang Hua Man Royal project can be an instructive excursion where everyone, young and old, can learn about the traditional life of Thai farmers over the years and organic farming and some of the many fruit varieties that are grown there, such as banana, papaya, pineapple, and dragon fruit. There is also a demonstration on how green energy can be created by harnessing wind power.

Visitors are free to roam all over the farming area and are even encouraged to pull on some wellington boots and get their hands dirty with some real crop planting or gathering stalks in the rice paddies.

The best way to get the most out of the project is to take the guided tour and then walk or cycle to other points of interest. Within the farm are rice paddies, fruit orchards, and a demonstration barn, as well as a herd of cattle.

The farm is in quite a hilly region of Phetchaburi province and so perfectly located to harness the power of the wind. There is a Golden Place shop where visitors can buy fresh fruit, dairy products, and even rare breeds of local flowers.

Visitors may visit the farm from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day.

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