On weekends I like to explore the provinces neighboring Bangkok. I thought I have been to everywhere and one day my friend, whose mom come from Supanburi, asked me of I had been there. Since I have never visited this province before, I went there last weekend to explore the beautiful province. I truly recommend you to do the same. Now if anyone asks me, I can say: “Yes, I have been there!” 🙂
I wanted to visit two main attractions which are Chawak Lake(บึงฉวาก) and Buffalo village, but I did not have enough time to go to both places since I did not want to stay over night and I woke up late on Sunday so I arrived the town in the late afternoon already, I only visited the Buffalo Village (หมู่บ้านอนุรักษ์ควายไทย) aka Baan Kwaai (บ้านควาย).
The buffalo village features the rural lifestyle in the central region such as Thai farmer villages, rice-threshing ground water, buffalo ranch. I met the owner who is a very kind old Thai man in his 70s, he said that Buffalo Village has been initiated with the purpose of supporting Eco Tourism and cultural heritage in Thailand.
Thai farmers used buffaloes to do rice farming since before the time of the Kingdom of Sukhothai. In the past Water Buffalo (Thai: ควาย kwaai) was unthinkable to be slaughtered for meat. Farmers would look after the animal until it died. They would also keep the horns of the buffalo as a kind of memento. These days it is more convenient and fast to use machines, so the importance of buffalo has been slowly forgotten, that is why he created the Buffalo Village. His aim not only to raise awareness of the important role the buffaloes have played, but also to help conserve the dwindling breeding stock.
The main attraction here are the daily buffalo shows which last about 30 minutes. The shows are at 11 a.m and 3 p.m. during the week and 11 a.m., 2.30 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the weekend. Unfortunately, I arrived there too late to see the show (See photos of buffalo show here). Yet I enjoyed strolling around the place, the area is very pleasant decorated with big green trees and beautiful gardens. Other highlights of the Buffalo Village is the group of traditional Thai style houses. There are resorts available for those who wish to stay.
Buffalo Village is located at Sri Prachant District, Suphanburi Province which is approximately 169 kms from Bangkok. My impression of this province is it’s cleanliness and nice people. I will see more of what this lovely province has to offer next time for sure:)