Study Trip

A visit to historical sites in Suphanburi, Kanchanaburi and Ratchaburi

Saturday, 5 to Sunday, 6 May 2018
Leader: Dr. Weerachai Nanakorn, 1st Vice President and Leader of the Natural History Section, Khun Somlak Charoenpot, Honorary Secretary



The Siam Society is pleased to announce a forthcoming weekend trip to historical sites in Suphanburi, Kanchaburi and Ratchaburi. Under the leadership of Dr.Weerachai Nanakorn and Khun Somlak Charoenpot, members will visit ancient monuments and museums housing excavated artefacts as far back as the Dvaravati period.  Highlights of the trip include:

U Thong National Museum is in the district of U Thong. U Thong was an important center of the Mon Dvaravati kingdom from the 7th to 11th Century. The museum was established in 1972 and contains an important collection of Dvaravati sculptures, as well as other artifacts from all periods excavated in the region and elsewhere. The significant artifacts in the exhibition consist of Dhamachaka or Wheel of the Law with pedestal and pillar, terracotta Buddha images, votive tablets, architectural stuccoes fragments, golden  ornaments,  inscriptions,  Roman  coins,  silver  coins  with  inscriptions,  bronze  and  stone  Buddha images.

Phra  Buddha  Metta  Pracha  Thai  Trai  Lokanat  Gandhara  Anusorn,  is  the  largest  and  most beautiful standing bronze Buddha image in Thailand. It was cast in 2014 under Royal Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen. This standing Buddha is also reported to be the world’s tallest standing bronze Buddha; it is surrounded by a very large landscaped park, at Wat Thipsukhontharam, Don Salaep subdistrict, Huai Krachao District, Kanchanaburi Province. This modern temple also has an excellent exhibition concerning history of Buddhism, life of the Buddha and information on casting of Phra Buddha Metta Pracha Thai Trai Lokanat Gandhara Anusorn.

Muang Singh Historical Park is the important Khmer site in western Thailand. The name Muang Singh is probably the name of the city of Singhapura, mentioned as being a dependency of Javaraman VII, ruler of Angkor, in an inscription on the foundation stele of the temple of Preah Khan at Angkor, with dates from 1191. The site is located on the left bank of the Khwae Noi near Sai Yok district of Kanchanaburi. This fertile area which has been populated since Neolithic times is also situated on an ancient route to the Three Pagodas Pass.

Ban Kao National Museum. From an incidental discovery on prehistoric tools by Dr.H.R.Van Heekeren, Dutch archaeologist who was captured on a railway construct captive during the WWII. After the war end. The initiative archaeological excavation under a cooperation of the Fine art department with Denmark embassy was officially set off. After a discovery of Mesolithic and Neolithic tools including prehistoric human’s skeleton lead to founding of exhibition building aim to collect, preserve and exhibit antiques from the site. The museum was officially open to public on 27th August 1979.

Additional, traveler will be granted an opportunity for sensing a delight of the nature along our up-country journey. Witness the scenery and the spectacle of the magnificent Samanea Saman tree. This giant monkey pod is over 100 years old and situated in Kanchanaburi where its shade have lied for a century. Then finish your day at Wat Khao Chong Phran in Ratchaburi province. Where we can spend our evening watching the sunset and the bats pour from the like a flow of black ink passes through the twilight sky.

The group will depart from the Siam Society by bus on Saturday the 5th to Sunday the 6th May 2018. Members will spend one night (two persons per room) at Felix River Kwai Resort, a beautiful hotel near the Bridge on the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi town.


The tentative programme will be as follows:

Day 1: Saturday, 5 May 2018

08:30 a.m. Depart the Siam Society for Suphanburi by bus.
11:00 a.m. Arrive at U Thong National Museum.
12:00 p.m. Proceed to Wat Thipsukhontharam, Kanchanaburi province.
Having lunch at the temple.
- Sightseeing at the temple. Visit the largest standing bronze Buddha image in Thailand and the Buddhist museum.
Afternoon After that proceed to The Giant Samanea Saman tree, Kanchanaburi.
Evening Proceed to Wat Khao Chong Phran, Ratchaburi province, aka “Bat Temple”, home to millions of bats!
- After that return to Kanchanaburi.
- Dinner and overnight at Felix River Kwai Resort, Kanchanaburi.

Day 2: Sunday, 6 May 2018

- Breakfast at the resort.
Morning After breakfast check out of the hotel and proceed to Prasat Muang Singh Historical Park.
- Proceed to Ban Kao National Museum.
Late lunch Dongyang restaurant, Ban Pong, Ratchaburi.
- Depart for the Siam Society, Bangkok.
06:00 p.m. Arrive at the Siam Society.


Bt. 7,500 (Bt. 8,500 for nonmember). The contribution will cover accommodation for two persons per room, meals as mentioned in programme, transportation, entrance fees, gratuities and other costs incurred to make this trip possible. Single room surcharge Bt. 950.

Please pay by cash or cheque payable to “The Siam Society”. Alternatively you can deposit/transfer the money to the Siam Society travel account at the Thai Military Bank, Asoke Branch saving account no. 053-2-18000-7. Please fax or e-mail the deposit or transfer docket to us. There is a 4% surcharge for credit/debit card payment to cover bank charges.

The Siam Society reserves the right to change the programme as necessary. Seats are limited. Please book your place as soon as possible. For further information and bookings please contact Khun Prasert or Khun Supanut.