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“pleasant rest stop”

Royal Thai handicraft center
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$94.00*
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Private Tour: Full-Day Bangkok City Tour
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$69.00*
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Private Tour: Floating Market and Rose Garden Tour from Bangkok
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Owner description: Master sculptors and their students
Reviewed January 28, 2013

This is a pleasant enough place for a rest if you're in the area. The carvings are incredible and you get to see the artists at work. The stores are large and air-conditioned and you can pick up some smaller, reasonably priced souvenirs if you want. They had fresh cooked roti bread for sale when we were there.

Thank G S
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

Your typical tourist trap where your tour company will bring you to earn some commission. We visited for the same reason - our tour guide insisted it was a good stop on our way back from the floating market.

No doubt the craft work is nice and interesting to look at but I am sure you can find better value in terms of prices elsewhere.

1  Thank penangowl
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

My husband and I visited this center during our vacation to Thailand. Everything looked very nice, and unfortunately instead of souvenirs we ended up buying outside summer furniture. It looked really good! A salesperson told us that this furniture was made from teak, and it would be OK to keep it outside regardless of weather (which is true if it is a real teak). We got very excited, thinking it would be a good deal to have something unusual. So it arrived a few months later, and after the first two rains almost all paint was gone and by the end of the summer the chairs and a couch had multiple cracks. Didn't look like teak at all :)) I guess, a tour and some souvenirs would be just enough if you visit that place.

6  Thank dqr2117
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Reviewed June 13, 2012

My husband and I visited the Royal Thai Handicraft Centre at the end of a day trip to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.
On arrival our tour guide gave a few minutes overview of the centre and then we were free to explore the artists area and the various showrooms.
There were a lot of artist busy working and most were more that obliging if you asked questions, and were more that willing to show you what they were doing and give you information of the piece that they were working on. There was also some information and photos giving more information of certain items that were being carved.
The workmanship and skill is extraordinary, and I have never seen such large scale wood carving with so much detail.

On entering the showroom, we were blown away by the sheer size of some of the items of furniture – not to mention the weight of the solid wood. There were also large statutes and other wooden items – all quite large in size. As we were not interested in purchasing anything, we did not enquire as to any of the prices of the items. We then entered a smaller retail shop selling a general selection of souvenirs – there was quite a large selection of good quality items and the prices seemed quite reasonable. The great thing about the showrooms and shop was that they were both air-conditioned – which was a relief from the heat outside.

Overall it was an extremely interesting handicraft centre to visit with beautiful workmanship and no pressure placed on one to buy anything, so you could freely look at all the items without being hassled.

1  Thank M_Bloemhof
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Reviewed May 5, 2012

The Royal Thai Wood Carving Centre is only about 10 kilometres from Damnoen Saduak floating markets which we visited on our tour with Lets Tour Thailand. We asked our guide was there anywhere with nice wood carvings, not the mass produced souvenirs that were at the floating markets, so they took us to the wood carving centre.

This place is huge with so many beautiful carvings, there is a teak wood furniture factory, a wood carving factory plus furniture and souvenir showrooms. It was so nice to be able to watch master carvers and ask questions without being pressured to buy anything.

The Royal Thai Wood Carving Centre is instrumental in the development and conservation of authentic Thai arts and culture.

5  Thank Cathy&Gary
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