JIM THOMPSON FARM TOUR (จิม ทอมป์สัน ฟาร์ม ทัวร์)Highlights of the Farm Tour
Mushroom cultivation, hydroponic flower gardens, silkworm rearing, decorative plant nurseries and large fields of colorful flowers and sunflowers waving in the bright sunshine are just a few of the events to be enjoyed.
The giant pumpkin patch still remains the favorite family attraction. The variety in shapes and sizes of the multitude of pumpkins on display in the fields and already harvested are truly impressive and provide endless opportunities for memorable family photographs.
New agricultural attractions include: organic farming of fruits and vegetables and rice fields where assorted Isan rice varieties have been planted and will be ready to harvest during the farm tour period. Our visitors will have the opportunity to mill their own rice using antique hand-operated wooden rice grinders. Afterwards, they can winnow the rice themselves and then take home their own “rice crop”. Our formidable, sturdy water buffalo, “Boonlai”, will be standing by available for photographs.Isan Village
The Isan and Khorat villages are star attractions featuring antique houses unique in architecture and in pristine condition. These traditional Isan and Korat houses and various structures commonly found in rural areas are fast disappearing. The village project is an effort to conserve, as well as preserve, the fast disappearing architecture, crafts and style of living in northeastern Thailand. In doing so, Jim Thompson seeks to preserve the rich cultural heritage of the Thai-Lao peoples who inhabit northeastern Thailand. Various village activities will take place around and in the Isan and Korat houses such as traditional ceremonies and native dances, A better appreciation and understanding of Isan culture by both foreigh and Thai visitors will certainly result.
The Isan village has increased considerably from an initial three small structures first erected in 2008 to one now steadily expanding year by year. The village has achieved a success and reputation that was unimaginable by all those originally involved in the beginning of the project.
In the past few years we have completed many Isan village houses, two rice barns, a guardian spirit house and a most impressive Haw Jaek or village sala. Striving to respect the integrity and authenticity of the original design of these Isan structures is paramount whether only simple or extensive repairs are required or in those cases when building anew such as the Haw Jaek and Sim Nahm. Such wooden structures in Isan are fast disappearing or have been compromised by unsightly modifications bearing no resemblance to their traditional form. Having successfully completed the Isan and Korat village centers, Jim Thompson hopes that this area will become a repository of learning and accumulated knowledge of traditional and fast disappearing Isan architecture reflecting local wisdom of days gone by. To further this objective, we have expanded the village area to encompass a total of fifty rai / twenty acres and have continued to expand our collection of Isan houses reflecting many different traditional styles.Sim Nahm
The Sim Nahm was designed and its construction closely supervised by Professor Phahonchai Premjai, the Jim Thompson Farm architect and advisor, who is a noted authority on traditional Isan (northeastern Thai) architecture. There are many architectural styles of Sim Nahm in Isan; the majority of these are Sim constructed of wood built on the ground within temple precincts. Sim Nahm that are constructed on wooden pillars in a temple pond or temple reservoir are highly unusual. Most regrettably, whether built on land or over water, very few Sim Nahm remain standing due to the rapid deterioration of all wooden structures in the harsh climate of Isan.
In most cases, they are sadly neglected and left to disintegrate without proper care or repair. The few remaining Sim Nahm in Isan were carefully researched by Professor Premjai who is a native of Chaiyaphum and his team of experts all of whom are noted scholars of traditional Isan architecture.
The Jim Thompson Sim Nahm is a thoughtful combination of several Sim styles distilled and refined. The design of the building respects and incorporates age-old Isan Sim Nahm design resulting in a Sim that is faithful to traditional Buddhist temple architecture. The Sim Nahm is situated in a large pond originally used for irrigating our mulberry fields. During the farm tour period, venerable Buddhist images were installed to allow our visitors to pay homage and receive blessings. The Sim Nahm is a tranquil, spiritually enriching repository of Buddha images long associated with the practice of Buddhism in Isan society.Haw Tri
The Haw Tri or Buddhist Library is one of the many types of structures found within the confines of a Buddhist temple compound. The Haw Tri is a temple library built on land or over a pond for storing the sacred Buddhist texts where monks and novices can go to read and study the texts. The Haw Tri is also a workroom where repairs can be made to the fragile palm leaf pages and where copies of faded or dilapidated texts or pages can be made for the temple library safekeeping or for distribution to other temples. The Buddhist scriptures and other religious texts are first inscribed into long lengths of specially prepared dried palm leaves and then dusted with fine black soot to the text readable.
For more information, please contact 08-5660-7336
email: firstname.lastname@example.orgContact Information:Jim Thompson Farm
Tambol Takob, Amphur Pak Thong Chai,
Nakhon Ratchasima, (Korat) Province
Tel: 02-762-2566 and 085-660-7336
Pak Thong Chai Farm
(Monday to Saturday,08.00 am – 05.00 pm)
(Thai language only)