If you are planning on visiting Ancient Siam (Muang Boran) in Samut Prakan this week then be sure to check out their festival for “Fruits from the Four Regions of Thailand”. The aim is not only to promote the different fruit found around the country but also to encourage people to help Thai farmers by buying Thai fruit. The fruit festival runs from 20th-28th June 2009. There are also stalls selling OTOP products that have been locally made.
I went to the opening ceremony at the weekend which was attended by Samut Prakan Governor Mr. Kwanchai Wongnitikorn. He is seen here visiting some of the fruit vendors and sampling the fruit. There was a lot on offer which included longkong, kraton, sala, rambutan, durian, dragon fruit and mangosteen.
My favourite fruit at the moment is the dragon fruit. A lot of this fruit you can buy at supermarkets like Big C and Tesco Lotus but the price won’t be as good. The dragon fruit here is 20 baht per kilo but I bought some last week at the supermarket where it was 39 baht baht per kilo. It is not worth coming here for a special trip, but if you want to visit the Ancient Siam this weekend then it worth buying some fruit here.
I also bought some of this dried fruit which apparently hasn’t had any sugar added. I have posted some more pictures of the opening ceremony over at the ThailandQA Forums. Visit www.paknam.com for more information on Ancient City with details on how to visit.