Khon Kaen to Khon Kaen
This tour though Nong Khai and Udon Thani provinces makes the most of its time along the Mekong River. After meeting Kumphawapi's urban monkeys we'll spend some quality time in Ban Chiang, one of Southeast Asia's most important archaeological sites, seeing both ancient and modern pottery. After seeing the surreal Sala Kaew Ku sculpture park, Indochina Market, and other sites in Nong Khai city, we'll head west along the Mekong River making several village visits before taking in one of the most beautiful views of the Mekong in Thailand. On the return journey, we'll visit the interesting rock formations and vivid cave paintings at Phu Phrabat, plus a Hell sculpture park and some villages. From around December to February, you can also take a boat ride through the vast spread of pink water lilies in Tale Bua Dang.
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See the rock formations at Phu Phrabat.
On the way north from Khon Kaen we will stop to meet the urban monkeys that live in Kumphawapi's town center and visit a weaving village, then head to Ban Chiang, the site of an enigmatic civilization that dates back as far as 3600 BC and began working bronze about 2000 BC: long before any other location in East Asia. The myriad artifacts unearthed here, most famously the iconic burnt ocher swirl pottery, rewrote the history books and today can be seen both inside the excellent Ban Chiang National Museum and in situ at a burial ground excavation site. Mixing the ancient with the modern, we'll visit a village where locals make large hand-made pots using the original method, which uses no potter's wheel. We'll also see how sticky rice baskets are woven and paint our own pottery using reddish soil for the color before heading up to Nong Khai city on the Mekong River.
Overnight in Nong Khai
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. We'll also stop by both the popular Tha Sadet Market, filled with bric-a-brac from across Southeast Asia, and a local fresh market, full of local foods you won't find at home, and see incredible Buddhist murals at some of the city's most interesting temples. Leaving Nong Khai, we'll trace the Mekong River to visit a topiary park and spring roll wrapper making village. Near the lovely riverside town of Sangkhom we'll gaze over the Mekong from Wat Pa Tak Suea, which is perched atop a soaring cliff and has one of the best viewpoints along the river. In the rainy season or beginning of the cool season we'll also see a lovely waterfall. Relaxing Sangkhom town sits right on the river.
Overnight in Sangkhom
We'll start the day seeing sitting mats being woven in a small village and then head to the hills of Phu Phrabat, where the beautiful historical park protects ancient rock carvings and paintings, as well as some incredible natural rock formations. We'll than see the punishments awaiting in Hell at Wat Pho Chai Si's unusual sculpture park and later visit the home of a family that makes palm sugar. Finally, we'll stop at a temple full of tens of thousands of elephants statues given as offerings for wishes granted before returning to Khon Kaen.
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With advance notice we can usually modify things.
Visit the spring roll wrapper making village.
Prices valid until 31 December 2017
All sightseeing and activities as specified in the itinerary with English-speaking local guides, entrance fees, transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle, hotel transfers, accommodation, breakfast and dinner at village homestays, breakfast at most deluxe-level accommodation, breakfast at deluxe-level accommodation and village homestays, dinner at village homestays, snacks and cold water in the vehicle, accident insurance, taxes, and pre-departure travel consultation.
Price Does Not Include
Transportation to Khon Kaen, meals and drinks other than what is specified above, travel and medical insurance, personal expenses (such as laundry, souvenirs, snacks, etc.), tips/gratuities, visa fees (Thai visas are free or not required for most international visitors.), and any additional expenses incurred due to airline schedule changes, natural disasters, political actions, or other factors beyond our control.
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This is the accommodation that we normally use for this tour. Of course, if any place is fully booked during your travel dates, we will have to substitute a similar property. If this happens, we will let you know right away.
See the surreal sculpture at Sala Kaew Ku.
Mut Mee Garden Guesthouse
Mut Mee Garden Guesthouse -or- Pimali*
Mut Mee Garden Guesthouse
Sangkhom River View
Sangkhom River View
Ban Pak Som-Ban Lamphu Pan village homestay
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