Growing rice, vegetables and fruit, and fishing are the major occupations in Thailand, a country whose economy is traditionally and strongly-based on agriculture. You can get a better understanding of local agricultural practices, and learn more about the trade of agricultural products from direct sources and agricultural practices that promote sustainability through interesting activities. In the North, where the climate is more temperate and the land is mountainous, a number of tourism activities have been established, including trekking, agro-tourism, and home-stay accommodation, and many nature-loving tourists visit the royal project sites. These projects conduct tours of organic vegetable farms, cool climate orchards, trout-breeding locations, and high altitude rice farms. Rice farming, vegetable and herb cultivation, flower gardens, fruit orchards, aquatic animal farming, livestock and cattle farming, and vineyards, all provide opportunities for getting to know the agricultural life, traditions and development of the Kingdom.
Agro- Tourism centers run by the Department of Agricultural Extension offer tours of local farms together with nature exploration and home stay in the villages. Some agro destinations can be enjoyable on a journey that includes sightseeing, education and shopping opportunities in one package, such as visiting the Traditional Cotton Weaving Village in Chiang Mai, sightseeing the Oolong Tea Plantation at Doi Mae Salong in Chiang Rai, or experiencing the grape cultivation and harvest celebration in Khao Yai, Nakhon Ratchasima.