Jim Thompson was an American architect who was sent to Bangkok for service in the U.S. Army. He fell in love with Thailand and decided to live permanently in Thailand. He revived the hand weaving of silk and made Thai silk well-known worldwide.
Two years ago, I went to his house, Jim Thompson House, which is now a museum located in Bangkok. This place is highly recommended for the one who love traditional Thai houses or collection of antiquities and art.
Jim Thompson Farm is located in Pak Thong Chai, Nakhon Ratchasima (or Korat). It is a place of raw materials for silk production. The farm has been opened to public since 2001.
Last week my friends and I visited the farm. After driving for 3 hours from Bangkok, we were there. We decided to have a meal before wandering around the farm. The food and drink were sold with reasonable prices in many corners in the farm.
Since we bought tickets in advance, we did not have to queue to get tickets.
In the farm, it was divided into 5 zones and there were tram running between zones.
The first zone is full with cosmos flower.
The second zone is the most popular zone. This zone is full with colorful flowers and giant pumpkin. People who love taking photos spent long time at this zone.
To get a bird eye view of flower fields, you have to walk into the loincloth maze (which is very easy to solve).
From zone 2 to zone 3, it was possible to walk. So, we walked!
Not so long, we were in the zone 3 or Isan Village. At this zone, there were activities to join and knowledge to learn such as learn to use loincloth.
From the second floor of a Thai wooden house, we could see the flower fields.
The full life cycle of the silkworms was shown at this zone.
The Isan Things were also shown here.
We took a break and had lunch here.
Zone 4 is called Jim’s Village. At this zone, tourists would learn the process to produce the silk.
Zone 5 is called Jim’s Market. At this zone, you could buy several products from the farm. I myself bought Korat Noodles and herbal tea.
At this zone, same as zone 1, there were cosmos fields. I recommend you guys to walk into the fields, enjoy the views, and take photos before going to the market to buy products.
All in all, it was a fun day. For the flower lovers, don’t miss this place. The farm is clean and well-maintained. It is a great place for photos. However, in terms of knowledge, I did not learn much; there was no guide giving visitors an information.
Update: December, 2016
Location: The farm is located at Tambol Takob, Amphur Pak Thong Chai, Nakhon Ratchasima Province (Korat). From Bangkok, people usually go there by private car. Rent a car could be a good option for tourists.
Website: http://www.jimthompsonfarm.com/, https://www.facebook.com/JimThompsonFarmTour/
Opening Hours: The farm is open one period in the year from December until the beginning of January from 9.00 am until 5.00 pm. It is better to check the opening dates before going there. For this year, the farm is open daily from December 3rd, 2016 to January 8th, 2017
Entrance Fee: The price varies. Buy a ticket at farm is more expensive than buy it earlier. And, visit a farm during weekends and festive season is more expensive than on weekdays. In general, the price is around 150++ for adult and 100++ for child.
Have you ever been to Jim Thompson Farm? Do you like it there? Share your experience with me in the comment!