The Flavours and Fragrances
Day 1 Amphawa / Samut Songkhram
08:40 On arrival at Samut Songkram, we will visit Mae Klong Market. Local trains run through 8 times daily. As the train approaches the station, many vendors hastily raise their awnings, fold up their umbrellas and pull their stalls away. The hidden railway tracks suddenly appear. After the train has passed, everything is set in their previous position. The name of the market “ Talad Romhup ” is derived from the vendors’ closing umbrellas
09.00 We travel on to coconut plantations at Amphawa
09.30 At the coconut plantation, we see how villagers produce traditional coconut sugar which is a main ingredient for Thai desserts and a natural condiment in authentic Thai cooking. We see the whole process of natural sugar production, from climbing up a coconut tree to retrieve its nectar, collecting sugar in bamboo containers hung overnight, stirring in a large black iron pan over a wood fire until ready. You can taste a favorite local Thai dessert made from fresh coconut milk and coconut sugar.
10:00 Next, we visit Wat Phummarin Kudi Thong, located on the bank of
10:20 We hop on board a boat to see agricultural villages along the Mae Klong River, passing various kinds of tropical fruit orchards - coconut groves, pomelo and lychees, and ancient style Thai houses rarely seen nowadays in the communities of Amphawa. Many riverside communities become crowded floating markets during the weekends. Our trip ends in Amphawa where you can walk around and see traditional lifestyle.
11:00 Next, we visit Baan Khanom Thai community (literally the sweets village) where guests will see demonstration of how to make traditional Thai desserts using methods specified in the poetry composed by King Rama II (can be changed without notice)
11:45 We proceed to the Community of Bang Phlap, well- known for its’ sweet, organic pomelo orchards. This community is a popular place to learn about local wisdom of chemical free agriculture, how to transform unused parts of fruits or plants into charcoals and wood smoke vinegar, conventional ways of fruit & vegetable preservation as well as the community’s profit sharing system which raises funds for their children’s education.
15:00 Proceed to Baan Amphawa Resort and Spa, a Green Leaf Hotel in Samut Songkram which is approximate 2 hours drive from Bangkok. Baan Amphawa Resort and Spa is a Thai Style House Resort in the midst of lush green orchards and coconut plantations, by the riverside of
Check in to the Baan Amphawa Resort and Spa. Relaxation at the resort.
19.00 Dinner and overnight at Baan Amphawa Resort and Spa.
Day 2 Samut Songkram – Phetchaburi
06:00 We offer alms to Buddhist monks at the resort.
Breakfast at the resort’s restaurant.
09:00 By van, we start our journey along the “
10:00 Proceeding along the “Salt Road” we see lots of salt farming, local food stalls, dried fish and strange multi-storey buildings which are homes for thousands of swiftlets whose nests are made of solidified saliva and are the basic ingredients of ”Bird’s nest soup” an expensive favourite dish for Chinese.
10:45 A stop will be made at Wat Nai Klang where you will see a beautiful Thai style House dismantled from the old capital city and assembled here by the command of King Taksin the Great in order to thank to the people of Ban Laem who looked after his Royal Mother during the war.
11:15 We proceed to Banlad district in Phetchaburi.
12.15 Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
13.15 Depart for Tambon Ban Thamrong, Ban Lad District in
13:30 At Ban Thamrong, we make a quick visit to a sugar palm tree plantation to learn more about sugar palm trees. Then, we drive through agro-forestry to local houses where we see the daily work of utilizing sugar palms. Besides yielding sugar, Ban Thamrong has various occupational groups, providing a great number of products and benefits to the villagers such as producing chili paste, Lod Chong ice-cream, basketry, cock farms etc.
15:00 We proceed to Petchvarin Resort and Spa, a Greenleaf Foundation smoke free hotel, set amidst tropical forest on the bank of
16:00 Arrive and check in at Petchvarin Resort and Spa.
Free time and relax.
19:00 Dinner at the resort.
Overnight at Petchvarin Resort and Spa.
Day 3 Phetchaburi - Bangkok (or extend to your Beach Holiday)
08:00 Breakfast at the resort’s restaurant
09:00 Check out and depart for the
09:30 Arrive at the Center. Visit to
10:30 Depart for
11.45 Arrive at
12:00 Lunch at a local restaurant.
p.m. Transfer to