If you’re the type who looks to get the most out of your trips, then you probably try to experience things from a native’s perspective. Thai farmers have practiced traditional farming for hundred of years and Vanich Farm is a new agritourism spot located on 45 Rais or around 72,000 sqm of land in the heart of Phuket Town. It was my first farm visit on the Andaman island and it was a memorable educational experience. It is truly a unique place – if you don’t be afraid going back to basics. It is once-in-a-lifetime experience to be a Thai rice farmer.
Set in a rural setting, the farm offers visitors hands-on experience in traditional Thai farming where techniques are handed from father to son. Visitors whether adults or children will enjoy learning about culture and lifestyle of Thai farmers along with their machinery and equipment starting from the past till today. Some other interesting activities here include rice planting, bathing buffaloes and organic corn farming. Do you remember the song “Planting Rice Is Never Fun” ? Now I get it. These days, none of the young rural people are prepared to come to the field because they think farming is tedious and difficult.
I have always loved the taste of sweet corn, especially when it was freshly harvested from the field. One must try the corn milk produced by Vanich Farm, simply delicious and healthy. Nothing goes to waste in the corn milk process. The waste is converted into animal feed and organic fertiliser. The farm grows its own organic Thai vegetables and herbs and no one stops you cooking up a storm in the garden. If not, an array of authentic Thai dishes await to tempt your tast bud.
Vanich Farm is a family-friendly destination. The kids will love all the activities with the animals such as feeding rabbits, sheep and dwarf cow. The workers are very passionate about the animals and making the experience worthwhile. It is a perfect place for family bonding and team building activities. Phuket has a lot more to offer its visitors other than its natural heritage, sea, sand, sky, beach, forest, and world-renowned diving sites but a day at the Vanich Farm will leave you with many fond memories!
19/540 Soi Phatchani-Bang Chi Lao, Rasada, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0)98 671 2168
Daily : 10:00 am to 6 pm
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