Sampran Riverside, Km. 32 Pet Kasem Highway, Sampran, Nakhon Pathom 73110, Thailand
About one hour drive from Bangkok is the Rose Garden and Cultural Centre. It is situated at Sampran in the Province of Nakhon Pathum. It is a 70 acre site designed to give you a full day out. There is so much to do here. The Restaurant sits on the lake and the food served here is 1st class you can eat what you like – until you are full, very not bad value if you are a big eater.The Rose Garden and restaurant were started over 40 years ago and has right now included the Cultural Centre and show, a hotel and other restaurants and a spa. Tourist buses usually arrive around 2.0 pm in time for the Thai Cultural Village show at 2.45 pm.
This attraction is usually taken in along with the Damnoen Saduak Floating market trip which is around 1800 Baht by taxi from Bangkok, but do check 1st, prices do vary. But the Rose Garden is worth a trip on its own, because there is so much to get involved with during the day. In the mornings you can take part in the Living the Thai Culture, an art and craft activity and cost around 500 Baht per person. These included Dancing / Musical Instruments / Garland Making / Fruit Carving / Bamboo Dancing Rice Farming among others.
The Gardens have many exotic flowers and there are some traditional Thai houses. One is used for weddings and another used for a spa centre. Most people go for the Thai Cultural show, with highlights of Thai Martial Art display, and a Traditional Thai marriage display. There is a cast of about 120 people that take part in this display and it is well attended. It is very colourful and impressive to watch, in all around 40 minutes.
The Thai Village Cultural Show, Rose Garden Riverside.
Presents Thailand’s longest running show, with over sixteen thousand consecutive performances for the past four decades and performed by more than 150 dancers, musicians and artists. This auditorium represents a typical Thai village with houses made of wood with thatched roofs and the village square is clay. The show highlights dances, customs and traditions that originate from Northern, Southern, Northeastern and central Thailand, past and present come alive in this diverse show that provides a glimpse of Thailand.
The Restaurant in the Rose Garden where a fabulous buffet can be had and enjoyed by all the amount of food and the choice is more than enough for everyone. Below inside the Restaurant it is usually full most times of the year. The cost of the Buffet is just under 500 Baht plus any drinks that you may have.
1. Glong Sabatchai are drums used in all celebratory events, especially in victory.
2. Forn Lep or the Fingernail dance comes from Northern Thailand and is the ancient Lanna Kingdom’s graceful welcome Dance.
3. Ordination into Monk hood , as a predominantly Buddhist nation, most males enter monk hood to learn the Dharmaand to practice abstinence . A procession of family and friends, bearing all the meagre possessions he will need during his monk hood, lead the white robed apprentice to the temple where is head is ceremonially shaved before chanting his vows. Apprentices study for three months, usually once in their lifetime.
4. Muay Thai. Or Thai Boxing is an ancient form of martial arts where fists, elbows, knees and especially feet are used in hand to hand combat. Nowadays, matches are fought in a boxing ring. Normally there are five two minute rounds in a regular fight. Today, it is an international sport that holds world championship fights in many weight classes.
5. Traditional Arts of self Defence , poles and arm guards are used in ancient battles and experts can use them to deadly effect. It originates from Ramayana where the two combatants are actually monkeys.
6. Ancient Thai Swords are relatively short and worn strapped to the back. Sword Fighting predates guns and is highly skilled and precise form of self defence. Legends abound where male and female warriors fought side by side in ancient battles to stave off invasions on Thai soil to keep Thailand free.
7. A typical Thai marriage starts at sunrise where the groom’s party parade to the bride’s house, singing and dancing along the way. The procession bears gifts of food, fruits, sweetmeats, and the dowry which is traditionally in gold. At the bride’s house the groom must pass gates of chains set up by the brides relatives to gain access to the bride’s house. Once there, his elders discuss the dowry with the bride’s parents and gifts are brought forward, The marriage ceremony itself is a simple affair where a special flower garland is placed on the heads of the bride and groom, connecting them together. Then, all the relatives and friends bless their union by pouring holy water over their hands and wishing them a long and happy marriage. The newly-weds join in the marriage party and there is singing and dancing all round.
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