Khon Kaen to Khon Kaen
A great trip for history lovers, the primary stops are two interesting and important historical sites in Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat) province. The restored Khmer temple at Phimai is one of Thailand's most impressive historical sites and the archaeological digs at Ban Prasat have uncovered a treasure trove of ancient artifacts and skeletons from up to 3000 years ago. We also stop to walk through Thailand's largest banyan tree; admire original Isan-style temple murals; and probably see silk weaving.
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Explore ancient Khmer ruins.
We head out early to the impressive and beautifully restored Khmer temple at Phimai. Built beginning in the late 10th century AD, it predates Angkor Wat, and likely inspired its design. Centered on a 28-meter (62 feet) tall prang surrounded by several smaller buildings and solid fortifications, it's as impressive for its size as it is for its artistic detail: many lintels and other carvings remain intact. We'll also take a quick look at what’s left of the original city gate and walk under Sai Ngam, Thailand’s largest banyan tree covering a 4500-sq-meter (1 acre) island just outside of town.
After lunch, we'll go back a further two thousand years in time at nearby Ban Prasat, where the remains of an ancient agrarian culture were uncovered and three excavated burial sites display skeletons and pottery in situ. There's also a chance to see silk weaving here, though it depends on whether she is working that day or not. Usually she is, but if you want to see silk weaving for sure, you might prefer our Stone & Silk tour which also visit Phimai. On the way back to Khon Kaen we'll stop to admire a historic little temple building featuring original Isan style murals, which are very rarely seen any more.
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Unearth an ancient culture.
Prices valid until 31 March 2020
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.
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