Ban Chiang Tour

Ban Chiang pottery
Ban Chiang pots


Khon Kaen to Khon Kaen

• Meeting the urban monkeys of Kumphawapi
• See mut-mee fabric being woven
• The treasure trove of artifacts in the Ban Chiang National Museum
• The excavated burial ground at Ban Chiang
• Seeing pottery being made the ancient way

Discovered by accident in 1966, UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ban Chiang is one of Southeast Asia’s most important archaeological sites. The myriad artifacts unearthed here rewrote the history books and today can be seen both inside an excellent museum and in situ in a burial ground excavation site. We’ll also visit several craft communities, including one village where they still make large pots using the same methods the ancient Ban Chiang people used, and a city center park where many semi-tame monkeys live alongside the town’s human residents.

From around November to February, we can adjust the itinerary so you can take a boat ride through the vast spread of pink water lilies in Tale Bua Dang, the “Red Lotus Lake.”

Make the most of your trip with our special add-on activities before, during, or after your tour.

woman making Ban Chiang pottery

On the way north from Khon Kaen we will stop to meet the urban monkeys that live in Kumphawapi’s town center and then visit a weaving village to see the long complicated process of making indigo mut-mee fabric. Then it’s off to the excellent Ban Chiang National Museum which holds a treasure trove of pottery, jewelry, and tools. The ancient Ban Chiang civilization began working bronze around 2000 BC (long before any other known location in East Asia) but it’s the iconic burnt ochre swirl pottery that has brought fame to this quiet corner of Isan. It was so important to them that people were laid to rest with pots and we’ll see this at the burial ground excavation pit where pottery and skeletons lie in situ.

Modern pottery is done not only in the same style, but using essentially the same methods and we’ll visit a village where locals turn out large hand-made pots without a potter’s wheel. We’ll also see how sticky rice baskets are woven, and on the return journey to Khon Kaen make a final stop at a shrine full of tens of thousands of elephant statues.

If our itinerary doesn’t fit your exact needs and desires, please let us know. With advance notice we can usually modify things.

Prices valid until March 2023.

Group Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9+
Price Per Person 6,850 3,550 2,750 2,150 1,750 1,550 1,350 1,250 Ask

Price Includes
All sightseeing and activities as specified in the itinerary with English-speaking local guides, entrance fees, transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle, hotel transfers, snacks and cold water in the vehicle, accident insurance, taxes, and pre-departure travel consultation.

Price Does Not Include
Meals and drinks, travel and medical insurance, personal expenses (such as souvenirs, snacks, etc.), tips/gratuities, and any additional expenses incurred due to airline schedule changes, natural disasters, political actions, or other factors beyond our control.

Booking/Cancellation Policies
• For tours longer than one day, a non-refundable deposit of 30% is required as soon as possible after making your reservation.
• The full payment is due before the tour begins. This can be done after you arrive in Thailand, as long as you have access to sufficient funds before you depart on your tour.
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• If local taxes and/or fuel prices increase significantly, we reserve the right to add comparable surcharges.

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