Suan Sampran
Suan Sampran
3.5
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Suan Sampran is a family-run eco-cultural destination located on a 50 acre plot by the Ta Chine river, Nakhon Pathom province. The venue consists of lush gardens of mature trees, locals flowers and lawns with facilities such as hotel, Antique Thai houses, restaurants, meeting rooms, spa, organic farm and organic village. Goal : Balanced Living Vision : Sustainable Food System Mission : Learning organization based on Thai way of life and sustainable development Brand Value Proposition : Inspire Learning and Foster Change
Duration: More than 3 hours
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JonkeB
Audinghen, France390 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
This is a visit for you who like tranquility, lush green nature in a friendly Thai environment.

Most of the info is in both Thai and English.

Come as a group and book in advance and you can learn traditional thai handicrafts

Book the hotel river restaurant in advance.
Written 27 September 2020
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Britt B
Tucson, AZ626 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Solo
This was part of a full day tour starting with the the Floating Market in the morning.We had an interesting and diverse afternoon. Visited the Royal Thai Handy Craft Center, where skilled craftsmen were making detailed artwork in teakwood, later attending the Cobra Show, Crocodile and Elephant Shows. The animals seem well cared for, and hopefully I'm right. Education of all the animals was included in the shows, keeping them from being a complete circus. The tour ended with the Thai Cultural Show which included a Thai Wedding Ceremony, Muay Thai Boxing, Krabi-Krabong and stick dancing. It was a very pleasant and educational afternoon. Weather was nice, and it was not too crowded in spite of the tourist season.
Written 12 March 2015
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Dear Guest, Thank you for visiting Sampran Riverside and also for your sharing your feedback with us. Kind regards
Written 1 June 2015
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winn3313
George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Friends
I was actually expecting to see lots of beautiful and colorful roses but when our guide Meowmeow told us that it was just the name...some disappointment of course.
It was actually a very green and peaceful resort with teak wood chalets which are very expensive.
Somehow they turned the garden into a Thai cultural show house . There are elephant shows also for the visitors and kids. I came to noticed that there are local parents who brought their kids here for some clay, art and handicrafts workshops too.
Anyway I like the Thai cultural shows , simple yet authentic shows about the daily lives of the Thai people. Cultural Thai music, muaythai, weddings , dances especially the bamboo step dances was exciting. Many young boys and girls were involved in the show too and their talents were cultivated in this way, which I think is great.
Written 13 August 2013
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Laird_Angus_McAngus
Bangkok, Thailand81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have visited the rose garden several times over the last 10 years. My previous 2 times have been the best! If you want to not just learn but experience aspects of Thai culture, go to the Rose Garden!

Our trip:
Leave BKK around 8:30
- we booked a van from Thai Happy Taxi (quick email response, booking agents speak English but drivers do not)
Arrive at the rose garden by 10:00
Head straight to the cultural village stations (18!)
- stations range from signs to read to self directed to assisted)
- our favorites include the martial arts, Thai boxing, umbrella painting (additional cost), palm leaf folding, clay sculpting, pottery, flower making, and feeding the water buffalo.
- it's the interactive nature of this experience that sells the day.
12:00 (12:45 - because we were having so much fun) Lunch - buffet
- Its only been my last 2 times that I have eaten at Banda restaurant. It's great!
- Japanese, western, Indian, Thai...
- they now have signs talking about their farmers and some of the organic products they are cooking with - nice touch!
Elephant riding (extra cost) - fun. Mostly just to say you did it. It's a short loop but the mahouts are friendly and there are many places for friends or family members to take photos.
Elephant show
- Good show. Mostly informative.
- I was impressed with how quickly they move from 1 thing to another.
- this is the same before and after the cultural show
Cultural show
- Fun and entertaining
- Many actors and shows different aspects of Thai life
Photos with the Python
- This costs extra but this kids enjoy it.
Souvenir shopping
- standard stuff. Try out your bargaining skills for special "deals"
Head home ~ 3:00
BKK return varies significantly due to traffic

Tips
- Book ahead using their web site
- The listed price at the Rose Garden is more expensive than the online price, book through their web site
- Book through email for Thai residence price.
- The cultural village is a separate booking from the cultural show (includes the elephant show) it's an "add on"
- Arrive early. The cultural stations are open in the morning. This is the best part. You don't want to miss it.
- Banda restaurant - well worth the price!!
- sit as close as you can to the front of the cultural show.
- Buy a Thai tea!
Written 14 April 2015
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Dear Guest, Thank you so much for sharing your experience at Sampran Riverside and we are glad to hear that you had a wonderful day here with your family. Our booking website for activities and day programmes is fairly new, so please visit once in a while to look out for our updates. Best wishes
Written 1 June 2015
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KanthiNagarajan
Singapore, Singapore5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2011
We booked an one day tour from our Hotel which covered Floating Market and Rose garden,After our bad experience in Floating Market , we were taken to Floating market.
The entry fee was 500 Bhat . We didnt have to pay that because the entry fee was covered in our package.

As soon as we arrived, we went to the elephant show.
It is about 15 mins and total of 3 elephants enact how elephants sleep, how they carry wooden logs, at the last you have one big elephant and a baby elephant shaking their legs for a music played. Both Adults and Kids love this show.
This was very good.

They we proceeded to the Thai Cultural show.
This show was for around 1 hour.
This show covers Thai music played in traditional instruments.thai dance, thai fight, thai folk dance, Thai Marriage customs, Light dance, Knife fight, Kick Boxing show
and Bamboo dance( Best pat).
This show is total delight with colourful costumes and light.

At the last the performers invited the audience to join them for a dance. Many of the audiences joined them. It was total fun to watch.

When moving out of the auditorium we took pictures with the Thai Performers.. (Again had to pay them some tip money since they asked for the same.. But it was OK..)

I would recommend this show to any one who visits Thailand..
Written 10 February 2011
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Charn P
Bangkok, Thailand4,531 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
Since 1970, Suan Sampran or commonly known as the Rose Garden started a unique show for tourists visiting Thailand. The show was the ‘Thai Village Show’ which featured a comprehensive show of the Thai way of life in an entertaining way. This exciting and educational entertainment had been an attraction for the Thai industry for over half a century. Sadly, the latest news is that the ‘Thai Village Show’ will be closed by the middle of this year. Being a loyal supporter of the show, I shall deeply miss it.
Written 23 January 2018
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Fernanda Povoas
Sao Paulo, SP138 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Friends
I saw this attraction on website and they said so nice things about it, but in fact is not.
I'm disappointed, is quite far from Bangkok city centre and the activities are only in the morning (10:00 - 12:00).
The have a shamed attraction (show) with elephants and other animals!
So, in my opinion you can skip it!
Written 30 September 2016
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Dear Fernanda, Thank you for your feedback and we are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your visit. As advertised on all our websites we are about an hour's drive from Bangkok city centre, so visitors are made aware of this beforehand. Our Thai arts and crafts activities at the Thai Village are currently only in the mornings but effective from 01st January 2017 the activities will take place every morning 10 am to 12 pm and then again from 1 pm to 3 pm. Our Thai cultural show with a short 5 minutes elephant demonstration has been going on for the last 40 years and will be ending this on 31st December 2016 and launching a more interactive experience in year 2017. Best wishes
Written 4 October 2016
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leigh d
London, UK1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Friends
I visited the Rose Garden in April 2015 and was in tears as I saw the elephants and the way they were trated. The Mahouts still carryband use bull hooks and the elephants do not have adequate space to move and are chained up when they are not being used for the show. One of the elephants, the older one rocked back and forth as it was chained up, clearly distressed and unhappy which was an extremely upsetting thing to see. It is obvious the establishment's sole purpose is to make money and not to care for the welfare of these magnificent animals. For anyone like myself who truly cares for animals this is not a place to visit. There are many sanctuaries where the elephants are not used as part of a show or threatened and abused with bull hooks such as boon lott's animal sanctuary and Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai. I would urge pepole to research and read the reviews before visiting any of the tourist attractions.
Written 26 May 2015
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Dear Guest, Thank you for visiting Sampran Riverside and sharing your concern regarding our elephants. We hope we can explain that we only chain them at certain times for the safety of our guests and staff at the Thai Village. The purpose of the elephant demonstration which lasts no more than 10 minutes is to educate the visitors about elephants in Thailand. The elephants actually do not stay at the Thai Village and return back to open grounds late afternoon everyday. They are also visited by a doctor once a month for a health check up. Kind regards
Written 1 June 2015
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Tonilaird
Bangkok, Thailand52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
This is a great pace to visit and get an better understanding of Thai culture. There’s plenty to do including: umbrella painting, fruit carving, pottery, garland making, and many more fun, activities. Unlike a recent review I made of a zoo in bangkok the animals here are well cared for from Buffaloes to elephants. The staff are warm and friendly and come across as very caring. It only takes around 45 minutes to get there from the center of Bangkok and I highly recommend spending a day there. As a photographer there’s so much to see and capture and you need to be aware for the smallest of details.
Written 14 December 2014
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Thank you so much for leaving your feedback and making the trip out to Sampran Riverside. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit here and were able to learn about the traditional Thai way of life.
Written 27 January 2015
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Jelliebean43
Hobart Tasmania80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2011 • Friends
This is my favourite full-day tour in Bangkok, and I do it every time I'm there. It starts with a trip on a long, shallow canoe along narrow canals, through picturesque cultivated land, to reach the wonderful Floating Markets, where yummy tropical fruit of all kinds is available for the cheapest prices. Then by bus to the absolutely exquisite Rose Garden complex, with acres of lawns and wonderful tropical trees & shrubs. After a yummy buffet lunch, move on to a wonderful cultural show depicting the history of Bangkok in music and movement.
Written 25 October 2011
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