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Isan and Mekong river 12d / 11n

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This roundtrip will take you from Bangkok to the banks of the Mekong river across the Khorat Plateau and the northeastern Thailand cities, deeply influenced by Khmer and Laotian cultures.

Route

Day 1

Bangkok, Phimai, Khorat

First day in Esan

Meals

Departure from Bangkok to Khorat
Or transfer from the city of your choice.

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Located in the province of {{Nakhon Ratchasima}}, this magnificent and vast lake offers a superb viewpoint and is visible from the side of the road for travelers to the Esan region.

Short stop at Lam Takhong Dam.
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You will have the opportunity to have lunch at a local restaurant that will offer you a typical menu of the region as the famous pat mee khorat, the som tam, a very spicy green papaya salad, accompanied by kai yang, the barbecue chicken that is delicious in this region. Phat mee Khorat (ผัด หมี่ โคราช) is a Thai dish of fried rice noodles, usually served with a papaya salad (som tam). Dried rice noodles of varying colors are a specific ingredient of phat mee khorat. The dish consists of rice noodles, garlic, shallots, pork, soy sauce, fish sauce, beans, palm sugar, red pepper, water, onions and of bean sprouts. The phat mi Khorat was introduced in the province of Nakhon Ratchasima since antiquity. In the past, most inhabitants of Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat) were generally farmers. They used the rice of old crops by turning it into noodles.

Lunch in a local restaurant.

On the road to khorat.

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Prasat Hin Phimai is a sanctuary of Mahayana Buddhism and is located in the city of Phimai. All the buildings of this temple have been beautifully preserved by time and date back to the Angkor Wat period.

Visit the Khmer temple of Prasat Hin Phimai.
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The expertise of Ban Dan Kwian potters is recognized throughout Thailand.

Visit of the potter's village of Ban Dan Kwian.

Visit of a market.
Walk in the Ban Dan Kwian village. In the village you can observe the making of the famous local pottery.

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The Thao Suranari Memorial was built in memory of the exploits of Lady Khunying Mo, wife of the city governor who, in 1826, gathered his people to defeat the Laotian invaders during the reign of King Rama III.

Visit of the Thao Suranari Memorial.

Dinner in a typical restaurant.

Night at hotel.

Day 2

Khorat, Buriram, Surin

Historical Park and silk weaving

Meals

Breakfast.

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The Khao Phanom Rung Historical Park is the most impressive Khmer monuments of Thailand. Khao Phnom Rung is the name of an extinct volcano about 900,000 years old, on which was built, from the tenth century, the Prasat Phanom Rung temple.

On the road to Khao Phanom Rung Historical Park.
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Prasat Mueang Tham means the castle of the southern city. The pilasters, lintels and pediments, richly decorated in the styles of Khleang and Baphûon with their mythical animals (naga and kala), their garlands and their floral motifs, demonstrate the mastery of the Khmer craftsmen. This temple was erected in the 11th century to serve as a residence for the Khmer governor.

Discovery of the Prasat Mueang Tham.

Lunch in a typical restaurant.
On the road to Surin.

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The silk weaving center at Ban Tha Sawang is a project sponsored by the Royal House Office and Her Majesty's Queen's Foundation.

Visit of a silk weaving center in Ban Tha Sawang.
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In this elephant camp in Surin you can observe the elephants in their daily lives and share with them the sacred moment of the bath.

Visit of an elephant camp in the Surin province.

Dinner in a typical restaurant.

Night at hotel.

Day 3

Sisaket, Surin, Ubon Rathchathani

Culture, crafts and history

Meals

Breakfast.
On the road to Si Saket.

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Wat Sa Kamphaeng Yai, is the largest and most perfectly preserved of the Khmer ruins of the province. It includes three stupas located on the same base, oriented north-south and facing east. The temple were built in the eleventh century in the Khmer Baphuri style and served as a sanctuary for God Shiva before becoming a temple of Mahayana Buddhism in the thirteenth century.

Wat Sa Kamphaeng Yai discovery.
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The Prasat Sa Kamphaeng Noi is an old hospital chapel built by Jayavarman VII, located west of the town of Si Saket. The building is in laterite, with doors, windows and lintels of sandstone. According to an inscription discovered at Ta Prom, King Jayavarman VII built a hundred and two hospitals spread throughout the empire along the main roads. Near each hospital was a chapel. It is thought that the hospitals themselves were built of wood. This place is very nice and quiet.

Visit of the Wat Thep Prasat Sa Kamphaeng Noi.

On the road to Ubon Ratchathani.
Lunch in a typical restaurant.

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The village of Ban Pa Ao is one of the oldest villages of Ubon Ratchathani. The villagers emigrated from Vientiane, Laos, during the reign of King Siri Bun San. The village has more than two hundred years and a particular identity and its inhabitants have a know-how that has been handed down from generation to generation by their ancestors, as for the manufacture of bronzes and silk weaving.

Visit of the ancient village of Ban Pa Ao.
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In 1992, the Department of Fine Arts undertook excavations on the Ban Kan Lueang site in Wat Ban Kan Lueang. Among the discoveries are works of art, instruments, ornaments and jewelery, beads, pottery and iron axes. These objects are thought to be at least two thousand years old.

Discovery of the Ban Kan Lueang archaeological site in Wat Ban Kan Lueang.
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The OTOP craft center of Ubon Ratchathani is located outside the city. It sells products from the One Tambon One Product Project (OTOP) which is a fair trade project offering specific products for each municipality.

Discovery of the OTOP craft center of Ubon Ratchathani.
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Wat Thung Si Muang in Ubon Ratchathani it houses one of Isan's most unusual buildings, its library is built in a mix of Burmese, Laotian and Thai styles.

Wat Thung Si Muang discovery.

Dinner in a typical restaurant.

Night at hotel.

Day 4

Ubon Ratchathani, Chong Mek, Kong Chiam

History of men and river

Meals

Breakfast.

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The Chong Mek border market is one of Esan's most famous markets, with clothes, antiques and much more. It is on the border with Laos.

Visit of Chong Mek market, Laos border.
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The prehistoric paintings of Pha Taem National Park are between five and seven thousand years old. A conference on paintings, their discovery and their origin is proposed by the Department of Fine Arts.

Visit the Pha Taem National Park to see the prehistoric paintings.

Lunch in a typical restaurant.

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On the very edge of Ubon Ratchathani on the Laos border, Wat Sirindhorn Wararam (วัดสิรินธรวรารามภูพร้าว) glows every night to satisfy hundreds of Instagram addicts. When the sun goes down, parts of the floor and the walls light up due to the fluorescent paint that is used to decorate the temple.

Discovery of a Laotian style temple. Wat Sirindhorn Wararam.

Boat on the Mekong river to go to Khong Chiam.
Discovery of Kaeng Tana, the largest cataract of the Mun River.

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It is the confluence of a blue river, the Mun and a brown river, the Mekong.

Stopover at Maenam Song Si (two colors river)
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Tham Khuha Sawan temple. This ancient temple was built during the Ayutthaya period and was later restored to become the first royal temple in the province. Inside the temple cave is a large reclining Buddha statue and another sitting Buddha statue. The walls and entrance to the cave are filled with the initials of many kings and members of the royal family who visited the temple. This temple is located at the foot of a mountain called Khao Khuha Sawan.

Visit of the Tham Khuha Sawan temple.

Dinner in a typical restaurant.

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Hotel : tohsang kong chiam resort

Night at hotel.

Day 5

Kong Chiam, Mukdahan, Nakhon Phanom, That Phanom

Typical villages, Indochinese market and famous temples

Meals

Breakfast.
On the raod to Ban Phan Na. Ban Phan Na (บ้านพันนา) is an Esan typical town.

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Visit to the market to buy local fruits. Then we will go to the forest park and the sanctuary on the outskirts of the village. This sanctuary belongs to a holy hermit and the park is filled with bandars (Macaca mulatta) or rhesus macaques who will be happy to catch the fruits we have brought for them.

Walk in Ban Phan Na to the market.

On the road to Mukdahan.

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Walk through the Indo chinese market. There are products from the countries bordering the Mekong (China, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam). Beautiful relaxation while walking along the Mekong market.

Walk through the Indochinese market.
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Ban Nong Hoi Yai. Meet the rural Thailand. Walking through the village you will discover how villagers weave silk mat-mee (knotted silk) by hands. Their way of life is traditional but in harmony with the modern world.

Road to Ban Nong Hoi Yai.
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Wat Phra That Phanom is the sacred enclosure of the Jedi Phra That Phanom, located in That Phanom District, in the southern part of Nakhon Phanom province. It was built in the 16th century by the Laotian King Setthathirath of Lan Xang. Each year, a festival takes place at That Phanom. This festival lasts a week. Thousands of people make the pilgrimage to honor the sanctuary. It collapsed following torrential rains in 1975 and was rebuilt with funds raised through public subscription.

Visit of the Phra That Phanom temple.
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Visit of the museum which shelters many ancient objects preserved inside the jedi.

Visit of the Phra That Phanom jedi museum.

Dinner in a typical restaurant.

Night at hotel.

Day 6

Nakhon, Phanom, Sakon Nakhon, Ban Chiang

The house of Ho Chi Minh and a wonderful archeological site

Meals

Breakfast.

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The house of Ho Chi Minh during his stay in Siam, in the group of Vietnamese villages of Ban Nachok (หมู่บ้าน นา จอก) a few kilometers west of Nakhon Phanom (นครพนม) in Nongyat (หนอง ยั ต) ) and the Muang Amphoe (ตำบล หนอง ญาติ อำเภอ เมือง) become the site of the friendship celebration between Thailand and Vietnam.

Visit of the Ho chi Minh's house in Esan.

Discovery walk in the city center... Discover life and local customs.
Visit of the Phra That Choeng Chum in Sakon Nakhon. Phra That Choeng Chum has a remarkable Chiang-Saen-style Buddha statue.
Lunch in a typical restaurant.

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The archaeological site of Ban Chiang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ban Chiang is still a refuge for many ancient artefacts and testimonials from the past, including charcoal, beautiful pottery and bones. A very nice museum tells the story of this site.

Visit the Ban Chiang archaeological site.

On the way to Nong Khai province.
Dinner in a typical restaurant.

Night at hotel.

Day 7

Nong Khai, Chiang Khan

A little step to the sources of Buddhism

Meals

Breakfast.

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The site, located on a hill at the foot of the Phupan mountain, contains the footprint of the Bua Bok Buddha discovered in 1920, about one and a half meters long, which dates back to 900 or 1,000 A.D. . 60 kilometers northwest from Udon Thani and 50 kilometers southwest from Nong Khai. This little known but fascinating sacred hill of Phra Bat Holy take place long time before the arrival of Buddhism, the slightly wooded hill is dotted with large rocks and small caves. Prehistoric paintings of wild animals and cryptic symbols still adorn those caves, silently testifying of shamans and mystics activities who sought communion with the spirit world. Memories of the pagan past linger deep in the forests of this mysterious hill.

Visit of Phra Phutthabat Bua Bok.

Lunch in a typical restaurant.
On the road to Chiang Khan.
Dinner in a typical restaurant.

Night at hotel.

Day 8

Chiang Khan

Discovery of Chiang Khan city

Meals

Breakfast.

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This small town is located along the Mekong River. The people here are descendants of Laotians who left Luang Phrabang to settle in Chiang Khan. And so this extension of the city of Loei is full of laotian architecture and culture. Visitors can't miss the opportunity to visit these beautiful guest houses, its cute pedestrian street, and will be impressed by the magnificent view offered by the Mekong river banks.

Visit of Chiang Khan city.

Lunch in a typical restaurant.
On the road to Udon Thani.
Dinner in a typical restaurant.

Night at hotel.

Day 9

Udon Thani, Khon Kaen

Craft and night market

Meals

Breakfast.

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The Ban Nakha Silk Market is located about 14 km from Udon Thani City on the Udon-Nong Khai Highway. The market is a paradise for silk, cotton and khits woven products. This is not the kind of tourist attraction that will attract everyone, but this beautiful market deserves to be seen. The Ban Na Kha Thevi temple is next to the market and is a catchy and interesting temple to see if the weather allows it.

Visit of the Na Na Kha tissue and silk market.
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Wat Kham Chanot is a Buddhist temple located near Ban Kham Chanot, Ban Dung district, Udon Thani province, in northeastern Thailand. It is located in the Wang Nakhin area, on the edge of a lake where the Naga, a great mythical snake, is supposed to live. A dozen of monks live there permanently. It is believed that the Naga snake has taken refuge on the island. It is connected to the other buildings of the temple by a bridge. A small zoo with turtles has been added to the monastery. In front of the main temple building you can find a permanent (rural) market.

Visit of Wat Kham Chanot on Wang Nakin in Ban Dung.

Esan style lunch cooked and served by the Thai Puan Women Group association.

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This museum holds the pottery and tools of humanity from 5,000 years ago, under the patronage of UNESCO, it has been on the World Heritage List of Thai culture since 1992. Ban Chiang is considered the largest prehistoric settlement ever discovered in Southeast Asia. It is an important step in the cultural, social and technological evolution of humanity. The site presents the oldest evidence of agriculture in the region, the manufacture and use of metals.

Visit of the Ban Chiang national museum.
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Thai Puan is a group of people who immigrated from southern Laos from Chieng Kwang City to Ban Chiang. The current inhabitants of Ban Chiang are mostly descendants of this group.

Visit of the Thai Puan village, Ban Chiang.

Initiation to pottery.
Discovery of silk weaving.

Dinner in a typical restaurant.

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The Khon Kaen market is an interesting and colorful place to stroll in a pleasant atmosphere in the heart of the city.

Visit of the Khon Kaen market.

Night at hotel.

Day 10

Kalasin, Khon Kaen

Spirituality, discovery, and dinosaurs

Meals

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Early in the morning, you will have the opportunity to go to a temple to make a food offering to the monks and continue by exploring the local morning market. You will be able to observe the way of life of the inhabitants.

Visit to a temple and offerings.

Breakfast.
On the way to Kalasin province.

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This archaeological museum, closed on Monday, is located on the foothills of Kum Khao Mountain in Sahat Sakhan District, about twenty-eight kilometers from the city of Kalasin. The museum was baptized and inaugurated by Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. The Sirindorn Museum is the first dinosaur fossil museum in Thailand, established for study and research purposes, preserving fossils as a reference and making geological tourism. The museum consists of a research building on fossils of dinosaurs and other vertebrates, as well as an exhibition building. It has the largest fossil collecting rooms in Southeast Asia.

Visit of the Sirindhorn museum in Kalasin.
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Phu Kum Khao is the site that has the most remains of herbivorous dinosaurs in Thailand. Bones from almost the entire body of dinosaurs are stacked there. It is 200 meters high on the west and about 240 meters high on the east. The building above the excavation hole covers an area of approximately 700 square meters, while the hole under the building is about 280 square kilometers.

Discovery of the excavation site of Phu Kum Khao dinosaur remains.

Lunch in a typical restaurant.
Tuk-tuk ride in Khon Kaen.

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At Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon, in Nong Waeng Temple, you will climb the stairs to the ninth floor for enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the city and Kaen Nakhon Lake.

Discovery of Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon.

Dinner in a typical restaurant.

Night at hotel.

Day 11

Khon Kaen, Pak Chong

The town of Khon Kaen and towards Pak Chong ...

Meals

Breakfast.

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Khon Kaen is a commercial city and hosts the largest university in northeastern Thailand, we will take a tour of the city of Khon Kaen and a walk around Lake Bueng Kaen Nakhon to observe the local peoples lifestyle and activities .

Discovery of Khon Kaen city.

Visit of Banglamphu, an exotic fruit market. In Banglamphu market, you will see and taste a lot of tropical fruits.
Go back to hotel and departure.
Lunch in a typical restaurant.

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About one hour thirty minutes from Korat, this city is located on a major road. It is not very attractive in itself, but above all it makes the way more easy to get to the {{Khao Yai}} national park.

On the way to Pak Chong.

Dinner in a typical restaurant.

Night at hotel.

Day 12

Pak Chong

The famous national park of Khao Yai

Meals

Breakfast.
Visit of the Khao Yai National Park and a magnificent viewpoint at km 30.
Exploration of the Khao Yai Nature Park.
Crocodile watching at the Pha Kluai Mai waterfall.
Lunch in a typical restaurant.

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The Heo Narok Waterfall (Hell Valley waterfall) is the largest in Khao Yai Park. We will go search for éléphants passage traces , especially where they come to lick mineral salts, if we are lucky we will perhaps meet one of them...

Visit of the Heo Narok waterfall.
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Safarine transfers to the city of your choice in Thailand, either at the end of the tour or the day of your choice. Safarine offers a wide choice of direct or staged transfers. For any information do not hesitate to contact us.

Go back to Bangkok or transfer

Prices and terms

Price by person, minimum of 2 adults

Per person 57 000 THB

Special prices for children under 1,20 m 29 000 THB

For more than 4 persons On demand

What's included in the price :

-  Services of an English speaking guide.
-  Entrances to the activities mentioned in the program.
-  Transport during the tour.
-  Meals.
-  Water during the tour. Water, coffee and tea during meals.
-  Accommodation.
-  Insurance.
-  Booking and payment fees by Paypal

What's not included in the price

-  French speaking translator and accompanist .
-  Optional activities.
-  Tips and gratuities.
-  And as a rule everything that is not mentioned in the previous paragraph.