|Name||Focus on Activity|
|Code||Focus Thailand Isaan Tour|
|Validity||Now – 31.10.14|
|Duration||8 Days/ 7 nights|
|Tour Type||Private round trip|
|Destinations||Bangkok - Nakhon - Ratchasima-Khon - Kaen-Nakhon - Phanom-Khong - Chiam-Phanom - Rung-Khao Yai|
- Discover a mix of enchanting Thai culture and enchanting natural environments
- Relax as you explore Thailand’s rural northeast.
- Experience the majesty of the jungle and the Mekong River
Day 1: Bangkok – Nakhon Ratchasima
Pick up from hotel or airport in Bangkok and take a long drive to Nakohn Ratchasima, about 400 km away. Visit Bang Pa Inn Palace, the summer residence of King Chulalongkorn Rama V. It is very different to many other palaces in the country and was not built in a typical Thai style, but represents a successful architectural mix of different cultures and countries.
Following this, the journey continues towards Saraburi. About 20km outside of the city we’ll make a worthwhile stop at Wat Phra Phutthabat. The highlight of this complex dating back to 1624 is a footprint of the Buddha and stop at Lopburi, a city that now belongs to monkeys.
Back on the Friendship Highway you will pass the Lam Takhong reservoir, the largest and most famous dam in the province of Nakhon Ratchasima.
Overnight in Nakhon Ratchasima at the Dusit Princess.
DAY 2: Nakhon Ratchasima – Khon Kaen
After breakfast at the Dusit Princess, the tour continues with a visit to the village of Ban Prasat. Here you can see evidence of the ancient, original site dating back some 3,000 years.In addition to the 60 excavated human skeletons you can expect to see goods like pottery and tools.
After this we will head to Prasat Hin Phimai, built in the typical Khmer – style this Buddhist- Hindu fortress served as an architectural model and the model for the most important and most famous Khmer shrine, Angkor Wat in Cambodia.Lunch at local restaurant
We’ll also visit Phimai, which at 350 years old, has the oldest and largest banyan tree ‘ Sai Ngam ‘. This tree, Ficus Bengalensis, is a close relative of the well-known Benjamini US, with a diameter of about 50 meters just a bit larger.
Overnight in Khon Kaen.
DAY 3: Khon Kaen – Nakhon Phanom
After a breakfast buffet we will head to Nakhon Phanom for a tour. Depending on the season there are tours of the rice field, at which everyone can test the ‘ farm life ‘, or a surprise visit in the next village school in order to eat together with the students for lunch.
Refreshment and overnight at the hotel located on the Mekong River.
DAY 4: Nakhon Phanom – Khong Chiam
After breakfast, we’ll explore the small town That Phanom. The 57 m high tower temple of Wat Phra That Phanom houses is one of the most important relics of Buddhism, a sternum Splitter Buddha, which is why the monastery is the most important pilgrimage site in Isaan.
Lunch is today taken directly on the Mekong River.
Featuring a peaceful Khong Chiam, the easternmost city of Thailand, at the confluence of the Mekong and Maenam Mun, the day can end comfortably and relaxing in Tohsang Khongjiam Resort.
Overnight in Tohsang Khongjiam.
DAY 5: Khong Chiam and environment
After breakfast you will go to the nearby market on the border between Thailand and Laos. The main attraction for many Thais is the big market in the village to stock up with food, spices and much more. Conversely, Laotians go to the Thai side to provide themselves with clothes and household goods.
We will also visit the Pha Taem National Park with its prehistoric rock paintings and the waterfall Saeng Chan.
Lunch will be served today at the floating restaurant right on the Mekong River before heading down the river back to the Tohsang Khongjiam Resort by boat.
Overnight at Tohsang Khongjiam.
DAY 6: Khong Chiam – Phanom Rung – Khao Yai National Park
After breakfast overlooking the Mekong River, we will depart for the longest days ride this tour.
Ubon Ratchathani, the Lotus City, is the first destination of our tour today. In the city tour it quickly becomes clear that this is a pleasant and clean provincial capital. The nearby Wat Supattanaram is a short stop worth making!
Lunch will be taken on the road today, with views of the rice fields.
In the late afternoon we will visit Prasat Hin Khao Phanom Rung tour. The temple complex is 380m high and was built on an extinct volcano; together with the already known plant in Phimai it is one of the most important Khmer sites in Thailand. Next, head to Khao Yai National Park for an overnight tonight.
Since 2005, the oldest national park of Thailand is a world cultural and natural heritage on the list of UNESCO. The Khao Yai National Park is the weekend popular destination of Bangkok’s middle and upper classes, which just want to escape the metropolis for a day or two.
Khao Yai is a paradise for nature lovers; found here are the most diverse flora and fauna of Thailand. Some 250 wild elephants still live in the nature reserve next to monkeys, wild boars, deer and a few tigers.
We spend the night outside the national park in Phu Wanalee Resort.
DAY 7: Khao Yai National Park and the surrounding area
After breakfast, enjoy a day tour and explore the rain forest to get a small insight into this magnificent natural scenery. Lunch will be served in the park.
Overnight in Phu Wanalee.
DAY 8: Khao Yai National Park – Bangkok
One last breakfast at the resort before returning to Bangkok.
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