We are always looking for unusual places to travel around Bangkok. Last week we visited one of the most interesting places we’ve ever been to – Phu Kareang.
While we aren’t usually into agricultural tourism (it’s a new thing for us!) we really enjoyed our half-day adventure. The owner of Phu Kareang is an extremely friendly guy who shared the history of his family’s place.
Would you like to know how we spent a few hours?
To begin with, we had an amazing homemade pudding (!) prepared using young rice sprouts with coconut and sesame seeds. This pudding is a very rare find in Thailand nowadays. It was the first time we had tried it! Not only did we eat it but we also learnt how to prepare it.
After devouring this delicious pudding, we visited a small museum out the back. The Ratanchan Folk Museum is situated in an original family house lived in by the ancestors of the place. If you were ever curious about the Thai lifestyle centuries ago, you may find some answers in this museum.
The place itself has countless photo opportunities with a signature blue bridge above the green rice fields. We also spent some time with farm animals, fed grass to the water buffaloes and gave some milk to the baby goats. What we can say from our observation is that people from the farm are taking good care of the animals. This part is extremely important as we don’t support animal abuse in any way. Playing with happy and healthy animals was a really fun part of our trip!
There is also a shop selling agricultural and handicraft products produced by the members of the Phu Kareang House. They also have some food made to order, and drinks including local Thai coffee and traditional herbal drinks. We would love to add that they only use a corn-based bioplastic for the cups and all the straws are made from paper. Also, the owner doesn’t use any chemicals on his farm.
This project was developed into an agricultural tourism destination for people to learn. We saw how to do farming, gardening, raise animals, and develop local products.
We visited during the rainy season and enjoyed moody clouds with a mountain view. It was beautiful, but the best time to visit Phu Kareang weather-wise would be from November to January.
There is a small fee for the standard tour: just 49 baht per person (less than $1.50). Also, the owner can organize a special agricultural master-class, or even teach you how to cook the pudding we mentioned above. But even a special half-day event won’t cost you more than 300 baht ($10).
Have you tried agritourism? Share your experience with us!
Address: 104 Tambon Si Nawa, Amphoe Mueang Nakhon Nayok, Chang Wat Nakhon Nayok 26000
Opening Hours: 8 am – 6 pm.
Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/D9vTUFaV8zW5hs848