Hello and a very big welcome to the world of Thai Silk Magic.
My name is Peter and I am an Aussie and very happily married to Amnuai, the founder of Thai Silk Magic.
Actually no one calls my wife Amnuai except any Thai government officials. Nicknames are very common in Thailand and her nickname is Dao – this means “star” in the Thai language. And she really is.
We have 2 beautiful teenage daughters and 2 huge dogs! I say huge as they are over 65 kilos each and are a cross between a German Shepherd and a Rottie. Sounds dangerous? Well they are just fantastic family dogs who have even killed snakes in their “security patrol” role.
Nothing and nobody comes into our yard without their approval. And when I say snakes I include a bloody cobra – I must admit that I am scared of snakes and even though our pups (as they were then) removed the potential menace, it took me a few days to relax. I never considered our home could be a possible location for such vipers.
We operate our hand made Thai silks business from our very small village. If you have ever been to Thailand then for sure, you would not have come any where near our village.
We are located in the far north-east of Thailand about 30 kilometers from both the Laos and Cambodian borders – not exactly a hot tourist spot!
Our village is called Ban Dong Yang.· We built our very nice home here about 6 years ago after moving here from Bangkok so Dao could be closer to her aging mum and dad. Our postal address sounds like something from another planet but at least we do get 1 or 2 mail deliveries a week and usually the postie comes looking for us so he can hand any mail to us personally.
And very nice guys they are at our district post office. Well you did not think we had our own village Post Office! We are lucky to have 2 little shops that sell mainly washing soap, ice creams and whisky and thats only if they remembered to stock up.
Life here is very laid back – sure people work hard with their rice farming and silk weaving, but no one really concerns themselves about what may happen tomorrow let alone next month. Planning is not a strength people here consider to be important. That’s both good and bad. It can drive me bonkers trying to organise things behind the scenes for our Thai Silk Magic business, but it also gives me a stack of surprises as somehow things just seem to happen. See a quick video and few other bits and pieces about our World of Thai Silk Magic here
I think our village folk have got things right. They never seem to stress about anything and I know I can learn a thing or two about a more relaxed approach to life and things in general. So many times I seem to be concerned or worried about business matters relating to our Thai silk fabrics business that just seem to disappear as deadlines approach! It must be in the water!·
For those who are geographically driven below is a map of our area. If you click on the map it will zoom in; then look for highway 220 (yes we have some sealed roads). If you drive about 16 kms from Si Sa Ket and turn off to the right for 4 kms just before Wang Hin, then you would be pretty close to our village. See I told you its no tourist haven but its our home and I love it!