Weave in Wonderland
Dec - Feb
Best Time to Come:
Learn the Thai tradition of weaving by sitting with local artisans and creating your very own practical works of art. Bring your work in progress back to your garden retreat and finish it at your leisure. While workshops are in progress, non-basket weavers will revel in touring local sites of natural and historical wonder.
Take Part in a Living Tradition
Thai people love their baskets. They are a daily part of life. Beautiful and practical, you'll see them used in the fields during planting and harvest, for storing food and displaying wares, for bringing alms to the temple, and for shopping, among many other uses.
Come see how the basket making tradition is still very much alive in this region of Kamphaeng Phet, which boasts a rich mix of different styles and influences. Northern people from the Chiang Mai region, Issan people from the northeast, and ethnic hill tribe peoples from the mountains to the west all produce unique creations.
All the artists are eager to keep their traditions alive by sharing their skills and passing their knowledge along to you!
There are no central production facilities so we'll go out into the villages and sit with the artists initially, and then invite them back to the comfortable surroundings of our garden retreat for further coaching as you create your own works of art.
Non-basket weavers will have just as much or more fun than the basket weavers! After dropping off the BW's at their workshop, the NBW's will embark on their own guided adventures throughout the region, accompanied by our fun-loving staff.
What Makes This Trip So Special
Learning traditional Thai basketry skills may be the best part of the whole trip, but that's not all we have to offer. We think you and your friends and family will also love your accommodations, the food, our staff, the waterfalls and rivers, temples and festivals, traditional Thai massage, and the historical sites.
This will be an unforgettable marriage of culture and vacation that you've always dreamed of but perhaps never experienced.
Your friends and family will be impressed by the authenticity of your trip and the Thai hospitality on display.
Other Trip Highlights
Your adventure will be filled with too much to list here, but some high points can include:
offering early morning alms to monks
visits to temples and festivals
trip to Kamphaeng Phet's museums and historical park
visit to a remote mountain village lost in time, Ban Vunkasang
foot-soaking at a natural hot spring
bird watching and feeding monkeys
exploring caves at a mountain temple
hands-on experiences with farmers planting and harvesting crops
village visit to see a silversmith and traditional embroidery
walks and hikes to waterfalls, rivers, swimming holes and scenic view spots