As with all other tour protocols, tourists must be brought to showrooms to learn of the country’s native products and to persuade them into buying at factory prices as they claim to be but are actually not for me ‘coz there are always bazaars and night markets which offers far lesser prices. So right after our Floating Market and Elephant Village tours in Damnoen Saduak, we were brought to Royal Thai Handicraft Center Company Limited wherein we saw how each wood work is carefully carved by hands and wonderfully polished to meet international standards.
Unlike in Vietnam where I got reprimanded for taking photos inside their handicraft showroom (but I still managed to take/steal some), picture-taking is allowed here in Royal Thai. You can even sit on their chairs, benches, stools, etc. So we obliged! Hehe…..
Furniture of all sorts are on display inside as well as house decorations and elephant ornaments from the smallest to the biggest. Everything is made from teak wood, coming from teak tree which grows abundantly in northern Thailand. Teak is ideal for furniture manufacture and in building wood houses and boats since it is water and termite resistant. Kitchen utensils are also made from this, just like here in the Philippines with our native products industry.
I’m sorry for bombarding you with photos but I just wanna show you how creative each masterpiece is done. There are also images of Buddhas, paintings, cabinets, and carved-wood-sort-of paintings that are intricately chiseled which are truly works of art.
Don’t have the time to visit Thailand? You may also shop online through Royal Thai’s official website here! I heard they offer free shipping worldwide that would only take for less than a month of waiting for your delivery to be at your door step! More photos are also showcased in their site so happy shopping!