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Isan Tour - Northern Route

Code NE-UTH01
Destination Udon Thani
Duration 5 days 4 nights
Depart time 13:00
Isan - Northern Route   This private tour is visiting magnificent cities of Northeastern Thailand; Khaoyai National Park, Nakhon Ratchasima, Udon Thani, Nong Khai and take domestic flight back to Bangkok ...

Isan - Northern Route

 

This private tour is visiting magnificent cities of Northeastern Thailand; Khaoyai National Park, Nakhon Ratchasima, Udon Thani, Nong Khai and take domestic flight back to Bangkok

Khaoyai National Park

Khaoyai National Park; a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO, covering 5 protected areas from Khao Yai to Cambodian border. Khao Yai is just 3 hours away from Bangkok. The park is a very popular destination for both foreign and local tourists; it can be very busy on the week-ends and extremely busy on some holidays.

Nakhon Ratchasima

Historically, Nakhon Ratchasima or Khorat Province was an important area for thousands of years, first as the site of several ancient prehistoric communities and later as important outposts of the Dvaravati and Khmer Empires.

To this day, Khorat remains an important province and city, functioning as Northeastern Thailand’s main transportation hub and economic center. Khorat is the inhabitants of the province are mainly engaged in agricultural activities, growing such diverse crops as rice, sugar cane, sesame, and fruit.

Udon Thani

Udon Thani is a large province that serves as a center of transportation, trade, and tourism in the Northeast of Thailand. The province is a land of forest temples and a gateway to Laos. Udon Thani also possesses an archaeological site that is evidence of one of the world’s most ancient bronze-age civilizations. It is a province blessed with natural tourist attractions and is well known for its Khit-style textiles.

Nong Khai

Nong Khai is a border town on the bank of the Mekong River. This province is a gateway to Vientiane, the capital of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR.), and a friendship bridge links the two countries. It is also the site of the famous Naga Fireballs.

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Day 1: Bangkok - Khaoyai (private tour)

 

• Pick up from hotel in Bangkok and start the tour with;

• Departing early to beat the worst of the morning rush hour, we'll sample some exotic flavors in a giant fruit market and also visit the chaotic Pak Chong Morning Market where almost anything goes.

• We'll see huge Buddha images being made at a stone carving workshop and then explore a small but beautiful cave with a natural skylight and climb up above it to see a giant boulder balanced precariously on the edge of a cliff.

• Then continue to Khao Yai National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the biggest and best national parks in Thailand, looking for wildlife as we drive. In some months, you can see a mass exodus of around a million wrinkle-lipped bats filling the sky as they fly out of their cave to go eat.

• Then we'll join the park's night safari where there's a good chance of encountering elephants, plus many other smaller critters including civet, marten, porcupine, and slow loris.

• Overnight in Khao Yai

Day 2: Wang Nam Khiao & Dan Kwian (private tour)

 

• Breakfast at hotel

• After breakfast, start the tour with;

• We take a scenic drive following the edge of Khao Yai's long mountain range. There are many small farms along this route so we can stop and sample local products (grapes, cashews, dragon fruits, flowers, etc.) as you like.

• Then we'll visit some families who make brooms from bamboo leaves and also handbags using old wrappers from coffee, laundry detergent, and other products – a brilliant exercise in recycling. After winding through a wide swath of rice paddies we'll go to a workshop that forges brass Buddha.

• Then visit Dan Kwian Pottery Village which is noted for its unique pottery products which are widely used for interior and outdoor decoration. The uniqueness of Dan Kwian clay is its durability, pliability and rusty color, especially when it is combined with attractive designs.

• We'll visit one of the seemingly timeless workshops with its giant wood-fired kilns and hit a few stores to see the finished products before arriving in Nakhon Ratchasima. Though it's a bustling modern city, the moat and city fortifications are reminders of its long history.

• And for the day's final stop we will join devotees at the very holy Thao Suranari Memorial. It was built in honor of a woman who, according to legend, devised and led a prisoner rebellion against the invading Lao army (One version says that the women seduced the soldiers and then the men launched a surprise attack.) in 1826, thus saving the city.

• Overnight in Nakhon Ratchasima

Meals : Breakfast
Day 3: Phimai & Khon Kaen (private tour)

 

• Breakfast at hotel

• After breakfast, check-out and tour start to visit

• Visit Pimai

Phimai Historical Park is the largest Khmer sanctuary in Thailand. It was presumably constructed to be a Mahayana Buddhist religious site during the 16th – 17th Buddhist century in the reign of Khmer's King Suryavarman I in Ba Phuon style similar to Phanom Wan Sanctuary and Phanom Rung Sanctuary.

• After exploring the temple, on the other side of the ancient reservoir built by the Khmer, a huge banyan tree named Sai Ngam occupies an entire island in a small pond.

• Commonly known by its Latin name Ficus, or Golden Fig, the banyan is very significant symbol in Buddhism as it is believed that the Buddha enlightened while sitting in the shade of a banyan tree.

• Then, we'll visit a village to see how silk worms are raised, silk thread is made, and silk fabric is woven. If you want, you can sit at a loom and try it yourself. Then we'll stop to admire a historic little temple building featuring original Isan-style murals, which are now very rare, before arriving in the modern city of Khon Kaen.

• Overnight in Khon Kaen

Meals : Breakfast
Day 4: Ban Chiang (private tour)

 

• Breakfast at hotel

• After breakfast, tour start to visit

• On the way north from Khon Kaen we'll stop to meet the urban monkeys that live in Kumphawapi's town center, and visit an indigo mut-mee weaving village.

• Then continue to visit Ban Chiang

Ban Chiang is the site of an enigmatic civilization that dates back as far as 3600 BC and which began making bronze tools about 2000 BC, long before any other in East Asia.

Baan Chiang National Museum is an important historic site, there are the displays of the evidence found in the Baan Chiang area and nearby such as earthenware, equipments etc. The visitors will be able to see the ancient way of living 5,000 years before the history.

• Wat Pa Phu Kon

This temple circumscribes nearly 400 acres of lush forest, and as a result, is a tranquil locale for Buddhist meditation practice. Located next to the temple is a stupa (also known as a pagoda) named Prathom Rattana Mahaburaphachan Chedi, where holy Buddhist relics are believed to be enshrined. The stupa was built in the Lanka style, is 25 meters high and is decorated with golden mosaics.

• Wat Pa Tak Suer

Wat Pa Tak Suer is a temple that has a beautiful view. Inside the temple, there is also a beautiful atmosphere. The visitors can walk along to see the nature and the view.

This temple is located on the peak of the cliff which gives the view of the city and the Laos country with Mekong River as the border.

• In Udon Thani city, you can relax and watching local people spent their easy life at Nong Prajak Lake, which has walking paths and a night market.

• Overnight in Udon Thani

Meals : Breakfast
Day 5: Nong Khai – Bangkok (private tour)

 

• Breakfast at hotel

• After breakfast, tour start to visit

• We'll start the morning sampling exotic foods in Udon Thani's large fresh market and then visit a family that makes charcoal stoves out of clay. The highlight of your morning tour of low-key Nong Khai is Sala Kaew Ku, a wonderfully bizarre religious center filled with immense and strange concrete sculptures blending Buddhist and Hindu iconography.

• Lunch will be provided at local restaurant

• After lunch, the highlight of which for most people is Wat Pho Chai and its incredible murals.

Wat Pho Chai is where Luangpho Phra Sai, a sacred Buddha image of the town which is respected by the people of Nong Khai, is situated. This Buddha image sits cross-legged, which was cast from bright yellow gold in the posture of subduing Mara, has graceful features.

• Later, we'll stroll through the popular Tha Sadet Market, filled with bric-a-brac from across Southeast Asia, and several other unique sites.

Tha Sadet is the port for local people to cross Mekong River to Tha Duea in Laos. There’s a market for Indo-Chinese and European products, as well as the local goods.

• Finally, we will take you to Udon Thani airport

• Domestic flight from Udon Thani - Bangkok with WE 7 departure at 16.15 - 17.20

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Meals : Breakfast
Hotel List:
• Accommodation @ Khao Yai National Park

Hotel: Balios Resort

Room Type: Standard

NE UTH01 isan tour northern route hotel 1 balios resort khaoyai

• Accommodation @ Nakhonratchasima

Hotel: Sima Thani Hotel

Room Type: Deluxe

NE UTH01 isan tour northern route hotel 2 sima thani hotel

• Accommodation @ Khon Kaen

Hotel: Avani Khon Kaen Hotel & Convention Centre

Room Type: Avani Room

NE UTH01 isan tour northern route hotel 3 avani khon kaen hotel and convention centre

• Accommodation @ Udon Thani

Hotel: Centara Hotel & Convention Centre

Room Type: Superior

NE UTH01 isan tour northern route hotel 4 centara hotel and convention centre

Remark:

• Rates are per person
• A minimum 2 adults per booking is required
• Accommodation in hotels is subject to availability. If the listed hotel is fully booked, alternate accommodation will be booked within the same hotel category without surcharge/reduction.
• If no hotel in same category available, we preserve the right to apply a surcharge for any higher category or a reduction for any lower category.
• Flight schedule is subject to availability, we reserve the right to change without prior notice.

Service included:

• 1 night accommodation on twin sharing with breakfast at Khao Yai National Park
• 1 night accommodation on twin sharing with breakfast at Nakhonratchasima
• 1 night accommodation on twin sharing with breakfast at Khon Kaen
• 1 night accommodation on twin sharing with breakfast at Udon Thani
• Admission fee to all places indicated in the program
• English-speaking guide
• Private transportation by land as mention in the program
• Meals as mention in the program
• Air ticket Udon Thani – Bangkok

Service does not include:

• Optional tours or excursions not mentioned in the program
• Other meals not mentioned in the program
• Personal expenses such as drinks, snacks and tips
• Hotel's early check-in and late check-out charge

Note:

• The program can be changed subjected to the weather and flight schedule for suitable without prior notice.
• Any rejection of meals or tour program is non-refundable.

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