A SIAM SOCIETY STUDY TRIP
A Weekend in
Ubon Ratchathani Province
Friday 15 – Sunday 17 July 2011
Khun Ruth Gerson, Member of the Siam Society -
We will visit ancient cliff paintings at Pha Taem National Park,
Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival, National Museum and
other sites of interest in Ubon Ratchathani Province
Ubon Ratchathani is situated on the Mun River about 75 km from the Thai-Lao frontier and is about 560 km from Bangkok. Ubon Ratchathani is the north-east’s largest province and the provincial capital is one of the largest towns in Thailand. About 300 km of the province shares borders with Lao and around 60 km borders Cambodia.
In Khong Jiam district 90 km north-east of Ubon, near the confluence of the Mun and Mekong rivers, is a tall stone cliff called Pha Taem. The cliff is about 200 m long and features prehistoric colour paintings that are at least 3,000 years old. Mural subjects include fish traps, turtles, elephants, human hands and a few geometric designs. The Pha Taem group of paintings is one of the best known in the country.
Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival is also the best known in the country. Every year on Khao Phansa Day, which marks the beginning of the Buddhist Lent, a colourful candle festival is held, and giant carved wax candles are carried in procession through the streets in the city accompanied by music and dancing.
Ubon Ratchathani National Museum which contains a collection of local artifacts, ranging from prehistoric polished stone axe heads, 9th century Khmer statues, Buddha images to modern textiles. The museum building built in the early 20th century as the governor’s office. In the town center there are many interesting temples which have remarkable wooden buildings and some are decorated with very fine murals.
From Friday 15 to Sunday 17 July 2011, the Siam Society will organize a study trip for members to visit the ancient cliff paintings at Pha Taem National Park, National Museum of Ubon Ratchathani and some of historical sites in the town center. Members will also have an opportunity to visit a textiles exhibition at Baan Kham Pun Museum which is open to public for only two days a year.
Tentative programme will be as follows:-
Friday, 15 July 2011
10:00 a.m. Check-in at Nok Air Counter, Bangkok Don Mueang Airport.
11:05 a.m. Depart Bangkok Don Mueang Airport by Nok Air flight DD9314.
12:10 p.m. Arrive at Ubon Ratchathani Airport.
12:45 p.m. Lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon: Visit Wat Thung Si Muang, Wat Chaeng and other temples in the city - Visit Baan Kham Pun Museum and shop at silk shops and other Ubon specialties.
06:30 p.m. Check-in at Laithong Hotel.
07:00 p.m. Dinner with performance of music and dances at the hotel followed by viewing the floats of candles lined up for the next day’s procession.
- Overnight at the hotel.
Saturday, 16 July 2011
07:00 a.m. Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning: View the candle festival at the start of Buddhist Lent, with a display of great floats carrying candles in many shapes representing Buddhist and mythological themes. These will be paraded in the main street of Ubon Ratchathani.
Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon: Proceed to Khong Jiam district and visit the prehistoric rock paintings and other sites of interest in Pha Taem National Park.
06:30 p.m. Return to the hotel.
Evening: Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at the hotel.
Sunday, 17 July 2011
07:00 a.m. Breakfast at the hotel.
09:00 a.m. Visit Ubon Ratchathani National Museum and Wat Nong Bua.
11:30 a.m. Check-in at Ubon Ratchathani Airport.
12:40 p.m. Depart Ubon Ratchathani Airport for Bangkok by Nok Air flight DD9315.
01:45 p.m. Arrive at Bangkok Don Mueang Airport.
The Siam Society reserves the right to change the programme as necessary.
A contribution of Bt. 14,900 (Bt. 16,900 for non-members) is solicited to cover the cost of transportation, accommodation for 2 nights at Laithong Hotel in Ubon Ratchathani (2 persons per room), meals, entrance fees to temples and a museum and other arrangements to make this trip possible. Please pay by cash or cheque (payable to ‘The Siam Society’). Alternatively you can deposit/transfer the money to the Siam Society travel account at the Thai Military Bank, Asoke Branch saving account no. 053-2-18000-7. Please fax or e-mail the deposit or transfer docket to us. There is a 4% surcharge for credit/debit card payment to cover bank charges. An additional sum of Bt. 1,300 is requested for a single room.
AIR TICKETS AND HOTEL ACCOMMODATION ARE VERY LIMITED,
PLEASE BOOK YOUR SEAT IMMEDIATELY.
Please book your place as soon as possible. For further information and bookings please contact Khun Prasert or Khun Ekkarin Tel.0-2661-6470-7 Fax. 0-2258-3491 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Society office is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.