Jim Thompson Farm has an objective to conserve and pass on the precious cultural heritage of Laotian root’s Thai descendants who live in the northeast to the sights of Thai people and foreigners in order to raise awareness on the value of ancient and wonderful Thai northeastern culture and traditions.
In 1988, 25 kilometers away from Pak Thong Chai district in Nakhonrachasrima province which has reputation in silk, Jim Thompson Farm was born on an estimated 60-rai land on the Phayaprab foothills located in Takob sub-district. Starting serving as a commercial silkworm egg manufacturer to farmers who were members and purchased fresh seed cocoons for their silk production, the farm also acted as a cultivated land of mulberry, silkworm’s main food. At the beginning of 2001, Jim Thompson Farm was inaugurated as an agricultural touristic site once a year in December for the general public who is passionate for the nature and appreciate the beautiful atmosphere apart from would love to enrich themselves with agricultural experiences along with learning of silkworm’s life cycle while admiring various vegetables and colorful flowers plots as well as attentively purchasing ornamental plants and toxic-free agricultural products cultivated by Jim Thompson Farm’s caring farmers.
In 2007, Jim Thompson started compiling Isan housing models, a unique Thai northeastern architecture, such as Ban Korat, Ban Phuthai, Roun Yao on the land of an estimated 10 rais. This “Isan Village” has become another point welcoming tourists who are fascinated with the precious and exquisite value of Isan architecture, culture and customs with the imitation of way of life, culture, traditions, traditional recreation, food and villagers’ occupations in the past allowing tourists to be able to experience this simply and sufficient Isan villagers’ way of life. Furthermore, in 2008, Jim Thompson Farm built and compiled the neighbor “Korat Village” in order to shed the reflection on various housing styles of Isan architecture in a more explicit way.
In 2009, Jim Thompson Farm initiated the “Art Center on Farm” as a pilot project of art within the context of ecological agriculture and Isan architecture. With an aim to bridge art, life, and nature, the participating artists work in close relation with nature and make use of local and recycled materials. Art pieces created under this project will be on display at points of interest within Jim Thompson Farm.
By exhibiting these art pieces, Jim Thompson hopes to give farm visitors a better understanding of art, environment, nature, and ecological system. In addition, the pilot project is expected to spawn new art projects that revolve around resource- and activity-based learning, such as workshops by artists and activity leaders. These activities will help nurture imagination and creativity of visitors to the farm, both local visitors and those from elsewhere, as part of a life-long learning process.
Nowadays, Jim Thompson Farm is open to welcome tourists every year in December until the beginning of January by being aware of the importance of the careers in sericulture having brought regular income to the farmers along with agricultural and cultural tourism which have mutually engendered happiness and exotic experiences to the visitors and the farmers of Jim Thompson Farms.