At this point, I’ve visited a lot of durian orchards. A lot. Some offer tours and fruit buffets to tourists, but on a small scale. I’d never been to anything like Suan Supatra Land, a 700 rai orchard that takes fruit tourism to the level of a theme park. Tourist gimmicks aren’t usually my thing, but I couldn’t miss this.
The farm (if it can be called that) caters mostly to large tour groups from Hong Kong and China, who arrive in crowds on fancy, double-decker tour buses. I arrived prepared for crowds, long lines, bad Asian music, lots of picture snapping, and sub-par fruit. All of those things happened, but I’m glad.
A tram painted with fruits winds around a cement path through the trees,
Disneyland-style, while the driver keeps a run-on commentary with a microphone. Our driver was apparently very funny, but since he spoke only Chinese or Thai or a strange mixture (I honestly couldn’t tell which), I only understood the names of the fruit we were driving by.
The tour takes about an hour and half, depending on how long you choose to dilly-dally at each fruit station. I dillied. And dallied. Hey, after paying the 400 baht entrance fee, I wanted to make sure I consumed my moneys worth! I’m not certain I quite managed to do that, but I did have a good time.
Supatra Land Farm isn’t somewhere I would take family and friends visiting Thailand. There are smaller, more authentic orchards with better quality fruit and a better bang for my baht. All the same, I’m glad this place exists. I had a great time watching other people enjoy fruit, and I think they do a good job helping people to appreciate tropical fruit.
I mean, where else can you buy your face on a fruit plate, or take a picture of yourself on top of a giant durian statue?
For more information about Supatra Land Farm, scroll to the bottom.
Supatra Land Farm
70 Mu 10, Tambon
Nong Lalok, Amphoe Ban Khai
Open daily, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tel. 0 3889 2048-9