Study Trip

The Study trip to Songkhla and Nakhon Si Thammarat provinces

Friday 26 – Sunday 28 October, 2018
Leader: Mr. Euayporn Kerdchouay



NAKHON SI THAMMARAT is the second largest town in southern Thailand, and a major religious center, with the most important Buddhist monastery in the southern peninsula. Nakhon Si Thammarat, formerly known as “Ligor”, is one of the most ancient cities in Thailand, one of the Indianised states in over which Sri Vijaya gained a measure of control, perhaps as early as the 8th century. It seems to have become at least nominally subject to Sukhothai in the 1290s and to have become part of the Ayutthaya kingdom by the early 16th century. The Nakhon Si Thammarat National Museum is one of the best museums in southern Thailand. There are many interesting temples and sites of interest in this province.

SONGKHLA has long been a major center in the southern part of what is now Thailand. Situated strategically on a peninsula between Songkhla Lake and the Gulf of Thailand. Songkhla was an important component in the maritime empire of Srivijaya, which flourished from the eighth to the thirteenth centuries in the area of present-day Sumatra, the Malay Peninsula and Southern Thailand. It was still an important trading center in the sixteenth century when the first Europeans arrived in Southeast Asia and called the area “Singora”. The province was a key trading outpost for the south of Siam during the Ayutthaya period.  Today, Songkhla is a modern town, there are many good hotels, good museums, and certainly good seafood restaurants.

Under the leadership of Khun Euayporn Kerdchouay, the Siam Society is arranging a study trip for members to visit historical sites, museums, temples, and ruins in Songkhla and Nakhon Si Thammarat provinces from Friday 26, to Sunday 28 October 2018.


The tentative programme will be as follows:

Day 1: Friday, 26 October 2018: BANGKOK – SONGKHLA (via Hat Yai)

4:15 p.m. Meet at Bangkok Don Muang Airport.
5:15 p.m. Depart for Hat Yai by Nok Air, DD 7114.
6:50 p.m. Arrive at Hat Yai Airport, transfer to Songkhla Mermaid Hotel.
- Arrive at the hotel and check-in (Dinner at own arrangement).
- Overnight at Songkhla Mermaid Hotel.

Day 2: Saturday, 27 October 2018

7:00 a.m. Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning: Visit Songkhla National Museum, Wat Matchimavat and the museum in the temple, and visit the old part of the city of Songkhla.
Noon: Lunch at local restaurant at Songkhla Lake.
Afternoon: Visit the Folklore Museum at the Institute of Southern Thai Studies at Koh Yor, follow by a visit to some of the local textile shops on the island.
Late afternoon: Proceed to Nakhon Si Thammarat province.
Evening: Arrive Nakhon Si Thammarat and check in at Mandy Nok Hotel.
- Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at Mandy Nok Hotel.

Day 3: Sunday, 28 October 2018

7:00 a.m. Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning and afternoon Visit Nakhon Si Thammarat National Museum, Wat Phra Mahathat Vora Mahavihara and the temple museum, then visit sites of interest in the city.
Noon: Lunch at local restaurant in the city.
5:45 p.m. Depart Nakhon Si Thammarat for Bangkok by Nok Air flight DD7815.
6:55 p.m. Arrive Bangkok at Don Mueang Airport.


Bt. 16,500 (or Bt. 17,000 for non-members). Single room surcharge Bt. 1,700.

Please provide us a photocopy of passport or ID card for air ticket reservation. Payment in full is required one month before the start of the trip (i.e. by Wednesday 26 September). 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.

Your reservation will be confirmed as soon as the payment has been made. There is a 4% surcharge for credit/debit card payment to cover bank charges.


The contribution includes all meals as mentioned in programme, air ticket, accommodation for two persons per room, entrance fees, and other costs incurred to make this trip possible.

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.