The place to go for silk
Published/Last edited or updated: 8th September, 2016
The area remains one of Thailand’s largest silk production centres, with several large factories and countless small studios churning out both modern and traditional silk products. Shops sell all sorts of silk wears and you’ll find quite a few studios where it’s possible to watch local women work the old-fashioned looms in a clattery process using their feet and hands to manipulate the sumptuous threads. The southern part of town is a good place to start.
The Jim Thompson brand became entrenched in Pak Thong Chai when, after his mysterious disappearance in the 1960s, members of his family took command of the business and opened a large factory here. While there are no tours of the factory, cool season visitors can tour the Jim Thompson Farm and learn about silkworms, traditional Thai culture and agriculture. The tours are only offered from December 5 to January 10 each year, and the farm is located 25 kilometres south of Pak Thong Chai at the foot of Khao Phaya Prap mountain.
Pak Thong Chai is located 25 km south of Khorat off Highway 304. Buses from Khorat’s Bus Terminal 1 depart twice an hour from 06:30 to 19:00 for 30 baht.
Address: 25 km south of Khorat off Highway 304, Nakhon Ratchasima province
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º1'59.92" E, 14º44'36.86" N
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David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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