The sound of Japanese music wafts over as you arrive at one of the most famous melon farms in Ratchaburi, a small province about 100 kilometers from Bangkok.
An agro-tourism venue is probably the last place you would expect to find an art gallery. But Coro Garden (vegetable farm) is exactly that; a gallery of plants, with different plants being displayed alternately every 3 months - a rotation style not dissimilar to any other art exhibition. There is an area for growing and harvesting activities, allowing visitors to plant and pick their own seasonal vegetables.
The highlight at Coro Field is taking a walk around the melon field. The line of lush green trees creates a uniquely beautiful image. Visitors are strictly supervised here. While enjoying the site, you have to be careful to avoid body contact with the melon plants, to prevent infections by germs. Great care is put into looking after the melons and only one melon is selected and kept on each plant to get the highest quality.
Currently, the farm produces 4 species of melon: Tomomi, Yoshi, Tomoko and Yuki. Although the Shizuoka melon is known as the most delicious variety in the world, it has only been planted only once here, as it proved to be not hardy enough for the local conditions.
There is a relaxing cafe onsite which serves large portions of savory dishes and desserts, as well as organic beverages, and lets visitors unwind as they eat and drink. The trick to enjoying the most delicious melon is to select one slice of melon, then start eating from the middle first, because this is the sweetest part . When buying a melon, an expert tip is to look at the stripes. Melons with more stripes are sweeter, since more stripes signifies more complete growth.
In addition, there is a souvenir section, Coro Me. It offers GIY (Grow It Yourself) souvenirs, allowing visitors to create their own garden in a glass jar. There is also a Tree Foster programme. Visitors can adopt a tree as a symbol of commitment between people and trees.
Coro Field, Ratchaburi-Pha Pok Road, Pa Wai Subdistrict, Suan Phueng District, Ratchaburi Province
For inquiries call 09-2569-4791