Green tours in Thailand
Central Thailand comprising 19 provinces with Bangkok as its centre stretch along rain fed river basin, making it the most fertile green land of the country. Royal initiatives for sustainable lifestyle have led to pleasant eco-tourism options. Here’s part two of the tri-article series on attractions of the beautiful region.
Ban Khao Tao professional Handicraft centre, Pran Buri
Activities: Watch unique weaving techniques using traditional northern looms called ‘kee kratook’ at the Royals initiated project to create alternative earning for local fishermen during off season of fishing in monsoon period. Woven from 100% cotton thread, fabrics here have a distinct quality Shop for locally woven fine cotton textiles, fashion accessories and local snacks at the showroom situated within the complex.
Amazing factor: The precision at which weaves coordinate their leg and hand movements to create unique, beautiful patterns into the woven cloth. Ban Khao Tao unique weaving gives silk-like texture to cotton textiles.
Hua Hin Artist Village (Ban Sillapin), Prachuap Khiri Khan
Activities: Watch fine artists create magic with their hands and bring-in your own hidden creativity to the fore at the 4 acre Artist Village in the hills of Central Hua Hin. Watch, learn about and also buy arts, crafts and antiques at artist studios, large galleries and at the gift shop. Pose and take memorable pictures at artistically created backdrops. Squeeze different colours of paint on to the paper bag, smear it with sticks to create patterns (there is help of a professional), let it dry and take back the art to frame and display the art in your drawing room. Enjoy a few moments reminiscing wonderful art you just witnessed, with a coffee and cake at the attached coffee shop. You might even be lucky to view a special art exhibition, many of which are frequently hosted here.
Amazing factor: To see Hua Hin’s famous artist Tawee Keso-ngam paint to the rhythm of the drums to create an excellent piece of art and to watch aesthetic creations by various Hua Hin artists.
Somdet Phra Srinagarindra Park, Phang-nga
Activities: There’s never a dull moment at this 142 acre agro-tourism site that is based on integrated farming system that conserves environment and rehabilitates the forest. Good place to learn about poly-culture farming system, a new farming theory from the King’s royal initiatives such as sustainable agriculture, non-toxic farming, organic farming and agro-forestry with hands-on activities. Propelling seeds into the forest, tossing paddy saplings onto the rice field and planting a new tree. Local lunch is served wrapped in water lily leaf. Reap health and nutrition benefits from fresh farm products. Making herbal compress ball and herbal balm.
Amazing factor: To learn which vegetables and herbs go with one’s birth element whether earth, water, wind or fire, assessed from month of birth, looks and character. Most leaves and flowers from the garden can be served as tempuras at the table.
New Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa by the beautiful beach has 310 rooms, 5 pools with exclusive ones for kids and couples, serves extensive choice at buffet breakfast at Amber Kitchen, cooks-up fresh seafood at Big Fish and also has a locally popular Siam Bakery. Dynamic pricing offers here begin at as low as 499 Baht during non seasonal weekdays and may go up to 8000 Baht on weekends and holidays –for it’s very popular with local visitors from Bangkok.
Written By Anand & Madhura Katti