Na Ta Po

Ban Rai is a small unassuming town in Uthai Thani which most busy tourists simply bypass. And by tourists I am referring mostly to cyclists. They are the only ones I know of who venture this far off the beaten track in Thailand. But they are always peddling to get to the next town and seldom stop.

Coffee shops in Ban Rai Uthai Thani

But there are reasons why Ban Rai is both a destination for local tourists as well as a second home for city types looking for an escape.

Good coffee in Ban Rai Uthai Thani

It is also home to the Na Ta Po weaving and cultural centre which is tucked away off the main road behind the Ban Na Fai Bueng Ta Pho school. They produce and market exquiste handwoven fabrics which are marketed through OTOP and sold at upmarket shops in Bangkok. They also have a small fabric museum which is one of those special places I never tire of.

Handwoven cotton fabrics Na Ta Po Ban Rai Uthai Thani Thailand