Immersion in the Rural Ways of Kanchanaburi
This example of a three-day package shows clients different aspects of rural Thai life in the provinces to the west of Bangkok.
Very early on the first morning we leave Bangkok and drive to the old fishing port of Samut Songkram, locally known as Maeklong. The town is well known for its railway market. The train station is situated in the middle of a huge, local market, which is usually packed with people. Our guide walks clients through the market along the tracks where the vendors use the space between the rails for their trays of vegetables, fruit and fish — until the train arrives, when the vendors quickly need to make way for the passing train and pull away their goods. It’s amazing how organized the whole spectacle is.
From here we continue driving to Kanchanaburi province. We visit the Bridge over the River Kwai, the War Cemetery and the Thailand Burma Railway Centre. Afterwards check in at the hotel.
The next day we travel to the traditional Thai farming village of Nong Khao to the house of a local Thai family. Either walking or cycling, they take us on an orientation through the village. We visit a local family to discover how they produce Thai wine made from sticky rice or sugar palm sap. Then we visit a cloth weaving family and a family that earns its income by cutting beautifully banded onyx stones which are found locally.
We return to our host family where we stay overnight for some relaxation. While there we can learn how to make jasmine garlands and a kratong (a flower float made from banana leaves used at the centre of the loi kratong festival each year in November). Clients can learn from their host family how to cook simple dishes of Thai cuisine. The evening is filled with rural entertainment.
On day three we get up early to proceed to the village temple. From here we follow the monks on their alms round in the village. The early morning rise also offers clients the opportunity to glimpse early morning life and the local lifestyle of those in the rice farming community.
We enjoy a Thai breakfast at a local shop. Then we start a bicycle tour in the surroundings of the village. The trip includes a visit to a rice paddy field and palm orchard. We learn about cultural and traditional practices related to rice cultivation.
In the late morning, we wave goodbye to our hosts and continue our onward way.
This program can be a three-day package from Bangkok, or can be done as part of a longer trip to the northern or southern provinces of Thailand.
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Photo for railway market by: YANG HAI