Jim Thompson Farm: idyllic flower field

Winter in Thailand means flowers aplenty. While Suanluang Rama IX will no doubt reign supreme because of its proximity to Bangkok, a lesser-known but infinitely more idyllic spot is Jim Thompson Farm in Nakhon Ratchasima. 

The farm is only open once a year in December and is home to one of Thailand’s most beautiful flower fields. It’s a spot that you want to include in your itinerary if you’re heading to the Isaan region this winter. 

Here’s what you can expect from the farm, when they’ll be open, and our tips for making the most of it.

Instagrammable flower field that’s perfect for dates

Image credit: @ornntheway via Instagram

In Bangkok, the Jim Thompson name is usually associated with old period architecture and Thai silk. But out in Nakhon Ratchasima, that name is much more synonymous with beautiful flowers. That’s because Jim Thompson Farm has one of the most beautiful flower fields in the country.

Not only are the flowers colourful, but because of its rural location, the natural backdrop is equally breathtaking. You won’t have to twist, turn, and find strange angles to get a beautiful photo without the Bangkok concrete in the background here. You’ll get the forests, mountains, and clear skies. 

The natural ambience lends itself to dates. Nothing heavy, nothing deep, just a beautiful atmosphere and comfortable weather to spend time together.

Also has an Isaan-style farmhouse

Image credit: @aor_sangwan via Instagram

Let’s not neglect the farm part of the Jim Thompson Farm either. No doubt the flowers are the main attraction, but the farmhouse is a wealth of cultural knowledge not to be missed.

One of the farm’s goals is to showcase the charming Isaan agricultural life. You’ll get to see what an actual house would look like as well as some of the silk production that revitalised the Thai silk industry.  

Only open in December

Image credit: @aor_sangwan via Instagram

If the farm sounds interesting to you, then you must know that you’ll have to plan carefully to fit this in. That’s because Jim Thompson Farm is only open in December. 

Each year will also have its own unique theme along with unique exhibits and performances. This year’s theme is “A Love Letter to You” and will feature an American-Isaan exhibit as well as various mor lam (หมอลำ) performances. 

Here’s a tip for when you should visit the farm: despite the winter chill, visit it in the early mornings at around 9am to avoid crowds and before it gets hot. 

You’ll also want to book your tickets online so you don’t have to deal with door prices. You can also find out about the various artists performing at the farm along with when they’re performing.

Usher in winter with beautiful flowers at Jim Thompson Farm

For Thais, winter is one of the best times to travel locally. That’s because a lot of rural Thailand comes to life when it gets cold and you no longer have to deal with the incredible heat. 

So whether you’re Thai looking for spots to visit during your trip northeast or if you’re looking to see Isaan for the first time, Jim Thompson Farm will please both your Instagram and your cultural needs.

For other unconventional Thai winter experiences, check out our guide here. Alternative, learn more about things that stereotypically Thai here.

Address: 2072, Takhop, Pak Thong Chai District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30150
Opening hours: 9am-5pm, Daily
Contact: +66 2762 2566 | Google Maps

Cover image adapted from: @ornntheway via Instagram and @aor_sangwan via Instagram


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