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Study Trip

A VISIT TO HISTORICAL SITES IN SUKHOTHAI & KAMPHAENG PHET

Friday, 14 – Sunday, 16 June 2019
Leader: Khun Eileen Deeley, Council Member of the Siam Society

 

 

Considered as seat of the earliest Thai kingdom, Sukhothai has been described in the Inscription of King Ramkhamhaeng of 1292 as a flourishing city-state of great bounty and power. “This land of Sukhothai is thriving. There is fish in the water and rice in the fields.  Whoever wants to trade in elephants, so trades.  Whoever wants to trade in silver and gold, so trades.  The king has hung a bell in the opening of the gate. If any commoner in the land has a grievance, he goes and strikes the bell.  The ruler of the kingdom hears the call, examines the case and decides it justly for him. Inside this city there are viharas, there are golden statues of the Buddha, there are monks....”

Indeed, the name "Sukhothai" translates as "the dawn of happiness".  However, this golden era of independence was to last, in its totality, for a brief two hundred years before becoming subsumed by the growing power of Ayutthaya in the central plains.

Today, in this upper central region, vast and extensive ruins of Buddhist sanctuaries dot the landscape, bringing to mind the ancient kingdom's past glory.  Modern museums house fine bronze images, intricate stucco decorative objects that formerly graced sanctuaries, as well as fine celadon ceramics that testify to the kingdom's former vitality and industry.

The Siam Society will travel to Sukhothai and its vice-regal city of Sri Satchanalai, ending at the outpost of Kamphaeng Phet, the "diamond"-walled city and its massive battlements. We will visit the majestic main sanctuaries, with their unique Sukhothai lotus bud finials, as well as surrounding and outlying religious monuments. Local national museums will also feature.

 

The tentative programme will be as follows:

Day 1: Friday, 14 June 2019

6:30 a.m. Depart Bangkok Don Mueang Airport for Phitsanulok by Nok Air flight DD8400.
7:35 a.m. Arrive at Phitsanulok
  Transfer to hotel for breakfast in Phitsanulok
- After breakfast, proceed to Sukhothai
All day: Visit temples, ruins, museum in Sukhothai
Evening: Check in at Sukhothai Heritage Hotel in Sawankhalok district

Day 2: Saturday, 15 June 2019

- Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning: Visit Sawankanayok National Museum in Sawankhalok district.
  Visit Wat Phra Sri Ratana Mahathat and Si Satchanalai Historical Park
- Lunch at a restaurant in Si Satchanalai Historical Park
Afternoon Proceed to Kamphaeng Phet
Evening: Check in at a Chakungrao Riverview Hotel in Kamphaeng Phet
  Overnight in Kamphaeng Phet

Day 3: Sunday, 16 June 2019

- Breakfast at hotel
Morning Visit Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park
Noon Lunch in Kamphaeng Phet
Afternoon Proceed to Phitsanulok
- Visit Phitsanulok
6:40 p.m. Depart Phitsanulok to Bangkok by Air Asia flight FD3307
7:30 p.m. Arrive at Bangkok Don Mueang Airport.

Booking

The contribution of Baht 21,000 (Baht 22,000 for non-members) will cover transportation, meals as mentioned in the programme, accommodation for 2 persons per room, entrance fee and other costs incurred to make this trip possible. There is a 4% surcharge for credit/debit card payment to cover bank charges. 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 Thai Military Bank, Asoke Branch saving account no.053-2-18000-7. Please fax or e-mail the deposit or transfer docket to us.

 

 

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.