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Dec 06. 2018
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By The Nation

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Jim Thompson Farm in Pak Thong Chai district of Nakhon Ratchasima is once again opening its doors for the popular annual farm tour, which this year is on the theme of “Zap Nua Huamuan – Happy Flavours” to celebrate Isaan culinary delights.

Visitors can enjoy beautiful nature and experience authentic Isaan culture as they tour the farm. The expression “Zap Nua” means so pleasingly tasty and smooth that one will ‘Huamuan’ - burst into laughter and joy. With an array of delightful attractions and activities revolving around local food, visitors can learn Isaan culture beyond what keeps local tummies full, as the diet has deep-rooted, multidimensional correlations with local traditions, culture and the rural way of life. 

Visitors will be visually greeted by a 50-rai field of pink cosmos displayed alongside a multicoloured garden of the fruits and vegetables intrinsic to Isan food culture. There is also an array of flowering and climbing edible plants, such as butterfly pea, gac fruit and ivy gourd. The art installations entitled “Breast Stupa Topiary Jim Thompson Farm” have been contributed by noted female artist Pinnaree Sanpitak to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Visitors can also admire various installations inspired by the Isaan eating culture of eating. One consists of images of colourful foods depicted on ‘huad’ or ‘muay’, a traditional bamboo steamer used by local people to cook sticky rice. The second is a garden of pickled fish jars, mats and ant eggs with a centrepiece of a gigantic pestle and mortar with a slide and a 360 high-angle view from the top. 

At Isaan Village zone, a variety of activities around local foodstuffs and the Isaan way of life are available, showing how local people forage for the ingredients, the tools they use, their cooking style and food preservation techniques. A penta-colour castle of fruits and vegetables stands more than 14 meters high in the Village together with another installation “The Mats and The Pillows Jim Thompson Farm” by Pinnaree that is made from thread waste from Jim Thompson’s silk production.

Another attraction is Jim’s Village that offers a great opportunity to see and try out every process of Jim Thompson’s silk production, from reeling and yarn bleaching through to dyeing with natural dyes and weaving. Products and souvenirs such as pumpkins, organic fruits and vegetables and handwoven silk and cotton products are available to take home. 

The farm will be open from Saturday (December 8) to January 6, from 9am to 5pm. Tickets are sold at the farm entrance and cost Bt180 for adults and Bt130 for children on weekdays, and Bt220 and Bt160 on weekends. Tickets for senior citizens are Bt90. 

Pre-visit tickets are available at special prices for Bt150 (adult) and Bt100 (children) for weekdays and Bt180 and Bt140 for weekends at Thai Ticket Major outlets; Jim Thompson Flagship Store at Siam Paragon; Jim Thompson Retail Shops on Surawong, Central World and The Emporium; Jim Thompson House and Museum; the Jim Thompson outlet at Palio Khao Yai; Home Sa-orn (in front of Jim Thompson Farm); Hor Kum Koon in Pak Thong Chai, Nakhon Ratchasima; and online at

For more information, call (02) 762 2566 or visit


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