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The Sweet Grape & Best of Damnoen Saduak Fair, March 16 – 18 @ Ratchaburi Province

in Festivals Calendar on 06/03/2018

The Sweet Grape & Best of Damnoen Saduak Fair, March 16 – 18 @ Ratchaburi Province

The Sweet Grape & Best of Damnoen Saduak Fair presents an excellent opportunity to shop for good buys, particularly fresh agricultural products and native products from each of the sub-districts (tambon) of Ratchaburi participating in the One Tambon One Product – OTOP programme being promoted by the Thai government from March 16 to 18. The fair highlights are: a colourful boat procession; sweet grape contest; fruit contest; food contests; delicious ‘Kuay Teow Reua’ boat noodles; ‘Kuay Teow Reua’ boat noodles eating competition; ‘Miss Sweet Grape’ beauty contest; folk sports; sales of OTOP products.

Damnoen Saduak district is home to Thailand’s world-famous floating market. The colourful spectacle of its bustling floating market with myriad paddle boats, laden with produce from nearby orchards and plantations or offering other merchandise, is perhaps one of the world’s most photographed sights.

Described as the ‘land of fruit and Thai life by the riverside’, Ratchaburi province is situated in fertile agricultural heartland. Its rural landscape is characterised by lowland plains dotted with vegetable plots, plantations and fruit orchards nurtured by the Mae Klong River and numerous other tributaries, natural and man-made irrigation canals and waterways.

Blessed with ideal conditions for crop cultivation, the area is famous for its sweet White Malaga dessert grapes, mango, fresh young coconut and sweet orange. Grapes were introduced into the kingdom some seventy years ago and several varieties are grown. The White Malaga variety are oval-shaped, yellowish-green in colour with a distinctly sweet taste.

Following the visit to the fair, take a leisurely cruise along the waterways of Damnoen Saduak. Retrace the historic journeys made by King Rama IV and King Rama V. During his reign, King Rama IV had a 32-km long canal dredged at Damnoen Saduak. The canal connects the Mae Klong River and the Tacheen River.

Archaeological evidence found in the province suggests that in times past, given the region’s proximity to the Thai-Burmese border, the town of Ratchaburi was a commercial port and popular meeting point for traders.

Ratchaburi province is also home to several ethnic tribes, who despite their varied beliefs and way of life, live together in peace and harmony. The province presents a rich and varied cultural landscape, much of which has been preserved and can still be seen today.

Ratchaburi – ‘land of fruit and Thai life by the riverside’ offers history, culture, way of life, beautiful handicrafts and natural splendour in the form of caves, streams, forests and mountains. It is without a doubt a colourful destination to explore.

For more information, contact TAT Kanchanaburi Office at 0-3451-1200, 0-3451-2500, or TAT Call Center at 1672.

Photo Credit : ที่ว่าการอำเภอดำเนินสะดวก