Saturday, September 29, 2012

One Day Trip to Suphan - Buri: Buffalo Village

One way to experience the traditional lifestyle of Thai farmers is at the Buffalo Village in Suphanburi. In Thai it is called “baan kwai”. Thai farmers, and their trusty companions, the buffalo, are considered the backbone of the country. The Buffalo Villages feature the rural lifestyle in the central region such as Thai farmer villages, rice-threshing ground water, buffalo ranch, traditional Thai houses on stilts. Buffalos were really important in the Thai farmer live, they are in fact hardworking animals that all farmers can rely on. The use of buffaloes was starting to die out on farms as farmers turned to other means of ploughing such as using tractors. However, it is said, when fuel prices started to rise then some farmers decided to go back to the trusty buffalo. So instead of visiting a farm, people can now learn about traditional farming at this theme village. They aim not only to raise awareness of the important role the buffaloes have played but also to help conserve the dwindling breeding stock. The main attraction here are the daily buffalo shows which last about 30 minutes. Visitors can also enjoy many corners featuring different local wisdom such as Thai medical knowledge, traditional Thai massage, local herbs, and Thai astrology.

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One day Trip, MU Suphan Buri: 100 years old Samchuk

Sam Chuk 100 Year Market
One of the better preserved traditional markets in Thailand can be found in Suphanburi Province. It is called Sam Chuk 100 Year Market and it still has its original wooden shophouses that date back to the reign of King Rama V. In those days it was a bustling market alongside the Tha Chin River. This was a main thoroughfare between the north and Bangkok. However, with the building of roads both the importance of the market and the number of customers dwindled. It got to the point that the local authority were contemplating on pulling down the old houses to build condominiums. Fortunately, the local people decided to work together to revive the market. They have done such an outstanding job that this year UNESCO gave them an Award of Merit in recognition of their achievement. So Samchuk’s 100 Year-old market is well-known throughout Central Thailand. The first building we came across which really stuck out a mile was the former home of Khun Chamnongjeenarak, a former Opium tax collector. His home, 90 years-old -still in almost perfect original condition, has been turned into a museum (free too!). Actually, Sam Chuk Market is more of a living museum where they have carefully blended the past and present. On our way to this traditional market we got a 5-minute training in Thai tips to bargain successfully.

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