The Support Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand (SACICT)
Buy Thai arts products and visit the palace
SACICT covers a large area on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. There are also other interesting places such as Pla palace, Suan Nok (bird garden). An event is held by the SACICT at the Chao Phraya River annually during Loy Krathong festival, which is very popular.
Queen Sirikit has ordered workers to build SACICT on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Tambol Chang Yai, Amphur Bang Sai. The intention of the Queen Sirikit is to teach arts to farmers in order to help them earn additional income after the harvest period. The SACICT provides experts in each field to teach the trainees. When they are able to produce their own products, SACICT will buy these products, sell them at Chitladda Shop and export to other countries. Nowadays, there are more than twenty departments in SACICT such as tailoring, furniture making, pattern department and so forth. Each year, two groups of trainees – 500 in each – will be trained in a period of six months. All the facilities are provided for the trainee. Tourists can see the process of making the products and buy them.
This village shows the house style of each region. There is a big pool in the middle of this village. Visitors can see the beautiful architecture and the crafts from the house of each district as well.
Suan Nok (Bird Garden)
Two big birdcages house more than thirty types of rare birds such as nicobar pigeon, great hornbill, wreathed hornbill, and Thai peacock. They imitate the natural environment such as forest, waterfall and stream inside each pen. There is also a light system to trap insects, which is the food for birds. On sunny days, there is artificial rain made by the Wildlife Fund.
Two big aquariums containing many kinds of fresh-water fish such as giant freshwater whipray, barbonymus altus and Mekong catfish. There are also pictures of Thai fish with descriptions in each picture.
How to buy
The products of SACICT are sold at Sala Ming Kwan, which is an applied Thai style building. All the buildings of the SACICT are open on Mondays so in order to avoid confusion tourists should come visit here on other days.