Our 3 days, 2 nights, adventure will be led by Dr. Ratanaporn Sethakul, formerly Dean of the Graduate School and a history professor at Payap University. The proposed schedule will include the following:
Day 1: Monday Oct-29-18 (L,D)
Our air-conditioned coach will depart from the Kaew Nawarat Campus of Payap University at 8:00 am. We will take the mountain road to Phrae Province. Before reaching our first destination, we will have a short coffee break. After the break we will have an opportunity to visit the private textile museum of Acharn Komol Panichpun (Komol Antique Textile Museum) in Long district.After seeing the museum and collection, we will stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Before checking into our hotel in Phrae, we will stop at Wat Phra That Cho Hae which is located on a small hill about 10 kilometers Southeast of Phrae town. The temple was founded in the Sukhothai era. After checking into our hotel, and relaxing a bit, we will have dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 2: Tuesday Oct-30-18 (B,L,D )
After breakfast the group will check out of the hotel at 8:00am and take a short ride to visit Khum Chao Laung. Built in 1892, this imposing building, sporting a mixture of Thai and European architectural styles, was the home of the final Lord, or Chao Luang, of Phrae. The structure subsequently served as a governor’s residence and is today a museum on local history. Visitors can learn about the history and culture of the people in Phrae and the Lanna Kingdom. From there we will take a short walk through the old city of Phrae to see the way of life of the people. The walk will culminate at Baan Wong Buri, one of the most distinctive buildings in Phrae. The pink and white Wongburi House was constructed between 1897 and 1907. Although the teakwood house is now open to the public as a museum, part of the complex is still occupied by the descendants of the lords of Phrae, the noblemen who ruled the province at a time when the region wasn’t under direct rule from Bangkok. Before driving to Nan, we will have lunch at a local restaurant.
Our next stop will be Wat Nong Bua, the “Lotus Pond Monastery”, which stands about 40 Kilometers north of Nan. It was constructed in 1862 by Tai Lue people, who figured prominently in the history of the Nan valley region from the 19th century onward. The Temple is famous for its mural paintings, which are similar in style to those of Wat Phumin in downtown Nan. We will be able to see the village surrounding NongBua that is inhabited by the Tai Lue who emigrated from the Sipsongpanna region of southern Yunnan in 1836. Numerous Tai Lue came to inhabit the Nan valley after Kawila, a local ruler in the late 18th century, raided southern Yunnan areas to repopulate the Tai population in the eastern regions of Lanna. Today, the village continues to retain much of its traditional culture, including distinctive Tai Lue textiles that are produced at a local cooperative. From Nong Bua we will head to the city to check into our hotel where we can relax before our transfer to dinner.
Day 3: Wednesday Oct-31-18 (B,L)
We will check out of the hotel at 7:30am (after breakfast) and spend the morning visiting both WatPhumin and the Nan National Museum. WatPhumin is the most attractive temple in the town of Nan, thanks to its unique architecture and its colourful 19th century murals that show scenes of daily Nan life. The Lanna and TaiLue style temple was founded in 1596. It was rebuilt from 1867 until 1875, when the viharn/ubosot got is present shape. After seeing these two important Nan sites, and having lunch at a local restaurant,we will travel back to Chiang Mai with stops on the way for restrooms and refreshments. We plan to arrive at Payap University around 5.30 pm.
Cost of the trip is 6,500 TB per person sharing a twin room. For persons desiring a single room the cost will be an additional 1,600 TB. Payment must be made in full before October 5th. This price includes: 2 nights accommodation with breakfast; 3 lunches and 2 dinners; 2 bottles of drinking water/person/day; admission fees; licensed tour guide and a faculty guide; transportation; travel insurance (due to government regulation). Not included: personal expenses or minibar in hotel rooms, other services not listed in items included.