Post Famil 10: Big Elephants, Prestigious Silk and Khmer Ruins
August 19, 2018 - August 21, 2018 -
SURIN – BURIRAM
This tour will show you highlights of Thailand’s Lower North East. Surin is famous for the elephants and craft centres, which our tour will take in on a visit to Ban Ta Klang Elephant Village and Ban Tha Sawang Silk Weaving Village.
After Surin, you will explore Buriram, home to Thailand’s most significant Khmer relics, including Phanom Rung Historical Park, which we will visit before heading to Khao Kradong Forest Park and Wat Khao Angkhan, a little visited temple located on top of an extinct volcano.
SUNDAY 19 AUGUST
Bangkok – Surin
AM: Depart Bangkok to Buriram
DD9602 – Nok Air
0605 Bangkok Don Muang Airport
0710 Buriram Airport
Transfer to Surin
Ban Ta Klang Elephant Village (45min drive from Buriram Airport): located in the ancient Kui village, where elephants have been raised for hundreds of years since the time when their ancestors settled down in the dry evergreen forest.
PM: Ban Tha Sawang Silk Weaving Village (45min drive from the Elephant Village): Silk woven here is produced from very fine thread of silk, dyed naturally, and hand woven with delicate pattern. Its highlight is an ancient style silk woven fabric called Pha Yok Thong, which is woven from very fine silk threads and golden threads.
Overnight in Surin
MONDAY 20 AUGUST
Surin – Buriram
AM: Chong Chom Check Point Market (1hr drive from Surin town): this market is a trade centre at the border checkpoint for local Thais and Cambodians. The market offers a good selection of things to buy, like cheap clothing, plants, kitchen and garden tools and electrical items, gadgets, second hand bikes and many more things.
PM: Phanom Rung Historical Park (1hr 30min drive from Chong Chom): It is one of Thailand’s most amazing Khmer architecture sites, aged over a thousand years old. Built on an extinct volcano, it was originally a Hindu religious site and later became a Buddhist one.
Overnight in Buriram
TUESDAY 21 AUGUST
Buriram – Bangkok
AM: Wat Khao Angkhan : It is a quiet temple located on top of an extinct volcano. Wat Khao Angkhan dates back to the Dvaravati era (8th or 9th century). A number of Sema stones, sandstone boundary markers that delimit the sacred temple area have been found here. The temple features buildings in various architectural styles. Most structures currently standing were built in the 1980’s and beyond. Most striking is a 29 meter long golden reclining Buddha.
PM: Khao Kradong Forest : It is a forested area on an extinct volcano near Buriram town. At the top is a large Buddha image in meditation mudra, as well as a shrine housing a Buddha foot print. Visitors can get to the top by car or by walking a nearly 300 step stairway.
Depart from Buriram to Bangkok
Depart for Buriram Airport (1hr 30min drive)
DD9609 – Nok Air
19.40 Buriram Airport
20.55 Bangkok Don Muang Airport