A Siam Society Study Trip:
A Day Visit To The Jim Thompson Farm
Sunday 19 December 2010
Leader: Khun Jane Puranananda
Consultant for The James H W Thompson Foundation
For a few weeks each year during the cool season the Jim Thompson Farm located in the Pak Thong Chai District of Nakorn Ratchasima opens its doors to the general public. The farm which covers about 600 rai (237 acres) was initially started as mulberry plantation and silk worm egg production center to provide support for the nearby Jim Thompson silk weaving factory. Over the years the use of the farm has changed and expanded. The farm now includes areas where there is organic cultivation of plants, flowers, and vegetables.
An important objective of the farm is to preserve traditional Isan culture and knowhow. The property includes a village where antique wooden houses and other structures have been assembled. The village project is intended to serve as a way to conserve Isan crafts and traditions.
One of the most recent projects at the farm is to serve as a venue for artists who have been sponsored by the Jim Thompson Art Center. In recent years a number of Thai and foreign artists have been in residence at the farm where they have created works of art using various media including painting, sculpture and film. During the visit we will have a chance to meet one or two of the artists who have been working projects for this year’s Farm Tour.
Participants will also learn more about the Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company and the Art Center.
The study trip will be held on Sunday, 19 December 2010.
The group will depart from the Siam Society at 07:00 a.m. and arrive at the farm about 10:30 a.m.
During the morning we will visit the farm’s Isan village and observe weaving and other traditional crafts.
After lunch (on your own) participants will have a chance to explore the farm on their own and to shop at the Farmer’s market and craft area.
We plan arrive back in Bangkok at 08:00 p.m.
A contribution of Bt. 1,500 (Bt. 1,800 for non-members) is solicited to cover the cost of transportation,
entrance fee to farm, refreshments and other arrangements to make this trip possible.
The contribution for the program does not include lunch and dinner.
Please pay by cash or cheque (payable to ‘The Siam Society’). Payment by credit card, please add 4% to the basic cost; this is because of the banks’ Surcharge on credit card payments.
The Siam Society reserves the right to change the programme as necessary.
The Siam Society uses any financial revenue arising from its study trips to support the activities
of the Society in its library, museum and publications programs.
For further information and bookings please contact Khun Prasert or Khun Ekkarin at
Tel. 0-2661-6470-7 Fax.0-2258-3491 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.