Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sampran Riverside-Thai Village Cultural Show

Sampran Riverside (formerly known as Rose Garden Riverside) is a family-run property close to Bangkok, where visitors can experience authentic Thai way of life and learn about our local wisdom. For decades it has been considered one of Bangkok’s favorite attractions because of the obvious dedication to preserving Thailand’s natural and cultural heritage by engaging with the local community. It all began in 1962, when one family cultivated roses to supply them to Bangkok flower markets and their garden of blossoming roses attracted visitors who then referred to the place as ‘Suan Sampran’ or ‘the Rose Garden’. Since then, with the family’s unique vision and under the care of three generations, Sampran Riverside has grown gradually to a 70-acre riverside property that is more like a community rather than a ‘typical’ resort.
Today our facilities in the property include a 4 star riverside hotel with 160 rooms, 6 antique Thai houses around a serene lake, Arusaya Spa, 4 restaurants, 10 meetings rooms, a 10-acre Organic Farm, a Weekend Farmer’s Market and the unique Thai Village Cultural Centre, a popular tourist attraction for over 40 years now.
Whether it is a desire for an eco-cultural tour or simply to relax and rejuvenate, Sampran Riverside provides a perfect city break for a one day trip near Bangkok or an overnight trip all year round.

We first visited the Floating Market then went to Sampran Riverside.  We went at the invitation of Sister Seansuwan, wife of First Counselor to Bangkok Thailand Mission President Senior.  The Seansuwan's will be leaving to return home to the States in September.  Sister Seansuwan's son and friend Aaron went to the Alligator farm instead of Sampran Riverside.

I can't even twirl a ring on my nose at the same time taking 2-feet off the floor.

Look whats written on the girls shirt.
"say NO to violence against women'

The building where the rest of the photos were taken

L-t-R:  Elder and Sister Moleff and Sister and Elder Seppi

The musicians for the show.
 A Xylophone Band
before the show they entertained us with music, some of the songs I recognized:  America
 the Beautiful,  Battle Hymn of the Republic, 
It's a Small World After All, ...

The show began telling of life in a Thai village.  The start of day when farmers came to market.  Also a depiction of a young man becoming a monk.  the young man is on the elephant.

Traditional Dancers.  Notice their hands, they were so graceful when they dance.

Thai boxing that uses, hands, feet, and elbows

Woman on the left using a sword - she won!
Women went to battle in earlier times.

Traditional Thai marriage ceremony

Traditional musicians and dance from
 Northern Thailand.

Bamboo pole dancing.   Did not realize that it came from Thailand. Nobody got their feet stuck

Members of the audience were invited to dance

Thai performers.   Pretty, aren't they

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