The perfectly manicured garden of the Nai Lert Park Heritage Home is a sight to behold. The cool morning air and luscious greens is refreshing. I feel energized as I step into one of Bangkok’s best kept wonders.
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever. Its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness; but still will keep a bower quiet for us, and a sleep full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing. – John Keats
WHO IS NAI LERT ?
Nai Lert Phraya Bhakdinoraseth (Lert Sreshthaputra) was an entrepreneur, a developer, an investor, and a philanthropist.
Throughout his life, Nai Lert was passionate about preserving the culture and traditions of the Kingdom of Siam.
King Rama VI held Nai Lert in such high esteem, that the honour of “Beloved Millionaire” was bestowed upon Phraya Bhakdinoraseth in 1925.
Nai Lert was at the forefront of business and introduced many firsts to Thailand. The first ice factory, tallest commercial building in 1927. He imported motor vehicles from Europe and the US and initiated the first bus transportation for the city’s capital.
At the end of World War II Nai Lert passed away. His beloved wife, Khunying Sinn (Thevit) took over the running of his empire with his only daughter and sole heir, Thanpuying Lursakdi Sampatisiri .
BANGKOK’S FIRST WESTERN-STYLE PARK
Nai Lert opened Bangkok’s first western-style park in his home for the public to enjoy. He even welcomed scouts to camp on the ground, during the reign of King Rama VI (during 1910 – 1925)
Today, the well preserved and maintained Nai Lert Park remains one of Bangkok’s renowned tranquil verdant venues in the midst of the capital’s central business district.
RESTORATION & PRESERVATION
The picturesque Nai Lert Park Heritage Home marks 100 years of history and tradition. Three generations of Nai Lert family lived in the house until 2012. The Nai Lert family unanimously decided to convert the private residence (24,000sq.m) to a heritage property.
After three years of meticulous restoration work, Nai Lert Park Heritage Home returns to its grandeur of marvelous architecture and rich cultural heritage.
The fully restored building is constructed from strong, teak wood that has stood over 100 years. Teak is an extremely durable wood, and has a natural resistance to mould and rot. The wood’s original golden honey tone is beautifully restored. A pretty surface sheen is noticed in the teak wooden floors, pillars and the low railings along the verandah.
The House showcases the family’s private collections of antiques and artefacts since World War II until present.
EXPERIENCE DINING IN NAI LERT’S HOME
The Nai Lert family values the importance of dining as food brings people together, on many different occasions.
“Food brings people together on many different levels. It’s nourishment of the soul and body; it’s truly love.” – Giada De Laurentiis
Ma Maison, a culinary institution since 1983 reopens its doors in Nai Lert Park Heritage Home with the family’s original 85-year-old cook, proudly serving Nai Lert family’s home-cooked recipes. Many of the dishes were created by Khunying Sinn (Nai Lert’s beloved wife).
The idea behind this dining experience is to create true gastronomic community as part of a Thai culture and lifestyle.
Nai Lert Park Heritage Home hosted Asean’s famous women bloggers and media representatives to a beautiful luncheon in the House. The scrumptious luncheon calls for attention to details that both surprised and delighted the ladies in the group.
CHEF TAM CHUDAREE DEBHAKAM
Working on the “Anatomy of a Dish” project at Stone Barns Center changed her outlook on food and cooking. She now advocates a farm-driven cuisine to unite farmers and chefs to cook seasonal, local and responsibly grown food.
“I believe in celebrating the food that enriches the natural environments. Farm driven cuisine will encourage farmers to grow sustainable local seasonal and regional food,” said Chef Tam.
It was a pleasure to dine at a sit-down luncheon menu by Chef Tam. Her menu reflects and defines her versatility in using fresh ingredients in a creative way.
The day’s programme includes a presentation of “Living Heritage” with researcher and author Luc Citrinot, a French national who spoke about the unique mix of European influent structures and buildings in and around Bangkok.
A private fashion show by young Thai designer “SARRAN” by Sarran Youkongdee. His jewelry design has the concept of using Thai rich heritage and traditions with the blend of surrounding Asian cultures. Exquisite perfumed flowers and blosoms feature prominently in his design.
Divana Massage and Spa presented a session for guests to make their own scrubs using natural and organic ingredients. The ladies enjoyed a pamper session and a head and shoulder massage.
Thailand Launches Woman’s Journey’s Campaign 2017
Women’s Journey Thailand 2017 Campaign’s gala reception at Nai Lert Heritage House was attended by 56 famous women celebrities and bloggers from all around the world.
To learn more, please visit http://womensjourney.tourismthailand.org/