'Tis the season to go outside.


Lose your way at Tourism Authority of Thailand’s latest agrotourism festival, Amazing Green or A’Maze 2017. The Kanchanaburi festival will be held on a 90-rai corn field carved into giant maze. True to labyrinths of old, adventurers will encounter obstacles within the corn rows, here taking the form of activity bases that will test your agricultural know-how. If you do make it out, there’s still the Farm Pavilion where you’ll find exhibitions on the latest in horticulture, including products made from natural materials. To further satiate your taste for the locally-grown, there will be a market of food and drink from the region. To conclude the festival is a mini concert featuring well-known singers like Singto Numchok and Rose Sirintip. The festival will take place on Nov 18-19 and Nov 25-26 from 9am to 6pm at Kanchanaburi Colledge of Agriculture and Technology, Kanchanaburi. Tickets are B500, which includes activities, food, and drinks. Buy yours at www.amazinggreenthailand.com

Jim Thomson Farm Tour 2017

Open once a year from mid-December to the beginning of January, Jim Thompson Farm (www.jimthompsonfarm.com), hosts cultural and agricultural exhibits and activities aimed at cultivating a better understanding of rural Thailand. Each year, the farm in Korat takes on a different theme, and 2017 is the year of “The Power of Water”. The highlights of the farm tour include hydroponic gardens, a giant pumpkin patch, fields of flowers, a market of seasonal produce, and an Isan village that showcases the region’s ancient architecture. Cruise through the village on a canal, or spend your time picking fresh mulberries. The especially farm-enthused can even mill and winnow rice using antique, hand-operated equipment. Open from Dec 2, 2017 to Jan 7, 2018, 9am to 5pm. Tickets are B100-B180, available through thaiticketmajor.com 

Coro Field - Harvest Festival 

The fetish for all things Japanese has, in Coro Field (www.corofield.com), finally come to farming. The agrotourism destination in Suan Phueng district, Ratchaburi Province, has the motto “we plant inspiration”, and to that end is throwing its annual Harvest Festival. This year’s festival takes its cues from Asagao, the Japanese summer flower festival, and includes a greenhouse tour, an opportunity to pull your own vegetables from the garden, and DIY workshops. Make sure you get a taste of the Shizuoka Musk melon, the market’s juiciest and sweetest. You can expect drinks, food, live music, and festival-goers wandering around in yukata (on loan at the market). The event is free and open from 9am to 9pm the whole month of December.  

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