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Study Trip

A VISIT TO MUSEUMS AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES IN CITIES NEAR THAILAND-CAMBODIA BORDER (Prachinburi, Aranyaprathet, Sisophon, and Battambang)

Wednesday, 3 – Saturday, 6 July 2019
Leader: Khun Euayporn Kerdchouay, Senior Consultant

 

 

On this trip, members will have an opportunity to visit:

IN THAILAND:

Prachinburi National Museum is a small museum with an excellent collection of art objects found in provinces east of Bangkok. These include some superb Dvaravati images of the Buddha, several fine Khmer stone images and relief carvings including three magnificent figures of Vishnu, two dating from the 7th century to 9th century from Si Mahosot and one from the 7th century from Dong Si Maha Phot. An entire room is devoted to displaying the remarkable fine lintels from Prasat Khao Noi. These are in the style of Sambor Prei Kuk (early 7th century) and Prei Kmeng (late 7th century).

Prasat Khao Noi is situated on the top of a hill at Ban Khao Noi, commanding fine panoramic views on all sides. The temple was founded in the 7th century and therefore, is one of the earliest Khmer monuments in Thailand.

Sdok Kok Thom is situated near the Cambodian frontier. Built in the reign of Udayadityavarman II, it is chiefly important for the stele dating back to AD 1052 that was found on the site and is now in the National Museum in Bangkok. This stele has a long Sanskrit inscription that recounts the history of the priestly family who, having served the Khmer kings ever since the reign of Jayavarman II, the founder of the Khmer empire (AD 802), were endowed with the site by Udayadityavarman II. It is, therefore, an important source of early Khmer history. The temple itself was built of sandstone.

IN WESTERN CAMBODIA:

Banteay Chhmar is situated close to the Thai border in the north-west corner of Cambodia, in Banteay Mean Chey province, about 70 km north of Sisophon, built between the end of the 12th century and the beginning of the 13th century. This major temple is one of the most important monuments of Jayavarman VII, dedicated to his son Srindrakumara and to four of his companion-in-arms who lost their life during a cruel battle. The temple, surrounded by moats, can be reached through causeways lined with devas and asuras holding a snake, as in Preah Khan. Banteay Chhmar features face towers and bas-reliefs similar to those found at the Bayon. Among its most important sculptures are eight large relief carvings, each depicting a scene with the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. Enclosed by a nine-kilometre-long wall, the city had in its centre one of the largest and most impressive Buddhist monasteries of the Angkor period.

Sisophon, in Banteay Mean Chey province, is at the intersection of the National Route no. 5 and no. 6, about 54 km east of Aranyaprathet. There are a number of sanctuary ruins in the vicinity of Sisophon, with Banteay Chhmar as the largest and the most impressive one.

Battambang is Cambodia’s second largest city and the capital of the like-named province, which is famous as a rice growing area. Two-thirds of its area is suitable for rice growing, and the rest for planting rubber, coffee, fruits, etc. The city of Battambang is about 290 km from Phnom Penh and about 130 km from Poipet border. Despite being a major riverside city, the elegant Battambang is fairly compact, home of the best-preserved colonial architecture in the country. Places of interest in and around Battambang include: the Pothiveal Museum of Khmer art, Wat Phiphit, the temples of Prasat Banan, Prasat Ek Phnom (also known as Wat Ek), and Wat Baset.

 

The tentative programme will be as follows:

Day 1: Wednesday, 3 July 2019

8:00 a.m. Depart the Siam Society for Aranyaprathet district, Sa Kaeo province, by bus
En route Visit Prachinburi National Museum in Prachinburi province
Noon Lunch at a local restaurant in Prachinburi
Afternoon Proceed to Aranyaprathet district
- Visit Prasat Khao Noi and Prasat Sdok Kok Thom
- Check in at Station One Hotel in Aranyaprathet district
Evening Dinner at a local restaurant
- Overnight at the hotel

Day 2: Thursday, 4 July 2019

- Breakfast at the hotel
8:00 a.m. Check out of the hotel and proceed to Thailand-Cambodia border
  Immigration check at the border
- Proceed to visit Banteay Chhmar temple in Banteay Mean Chey province by mini bus
- Lunch in the village near the temple
Afternoon Proceed to Battambang by mini bus
Late afternoon Visit the market and other sites of interest the city of Battambang
Evening Dinner at a local restaurant
- Overnight at Battambang Resort in Battambang

Day 3: Friday, 5 July 2019

- Breakfast at the hotel and proceed for sightseeing by mini bus
All day

Visit 3 major ruins of sanctuaries in Battambang province

- Prasat Baset, built between AD 1036 and 1042 during the reign of King Soryavarman I (AD 1002–1050), it was an important ruin, situated on a hill in Baset village, Tapon commune, Sangke district, about 15 km from the city of Battambang.

- Prasat Wat Ek, situated about 14 km north of the city, is a common destination for the New Year pilgrimage for the people of Battambang. The temple, covered with shrubs and big trees, rises from a small hillock formed by the rubble of moats, basins, and thickets of vegetation which can be seen from far amidst the rice field plains. It was built during the 11th century om the reign of King Soryavarman I.

- Prasat Banan, situated about 25 km south of the city, was built on the flattened top of a small peak which rises 80 metres high. This temple was built of sandstone and limonite in the middle of the 11th century by King Utayatityavarman II (1050–1066). King Jayavarman VII (1181–1219) completed the construction in the end of the 12th century.
- Lunch at a local restaurant
Late afternoon Return to Battambang Resort in Battambang
Evening Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at the resort

Day 4: Saturday, 6 July 2019

- Breakfast at the hotel
- Visit the Battambang Museum and other sites of interest in the city of Battambang
10:00 a.m. Proceed to Cambodia-Thailand border
  Immigration check at the border
1:00 p.m. Lunch at a local restaurant in Aranyaprathet
2:00 p.m. Depart Aranyaprathet for Bangkok by bus
8:00 p.m. Arrive at the Siam Society

Booking

Bt. 27,500 (Bt. 31,000 for non-members). Single room surcharge Bt. 4,000. A photocopy of passport must accompany the booking. Your reservation will be confirmed as soon as the payment has been made. Payment is required 45 days before the start of the trip (i.e. by Tuesday, 21 May 2019). Cancellations must be made 30 days prior to the start of the trip to receive a full refund; otherwise no refund will be given.

Please pay by cash or cheque payable to ‘The Siam Society’. There is a 4% surcharge for credit/debit card payment to cover bank charges. 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 transfer docket to us. In case the tour has to be canceled due to insufficient participants, a full refund will be made.

Includes/Excludes:

The contribution includes meals as mentioned in program, accommodation for two persons per room, all transportation, entrance fees, gratuities and other costs incurred to make this trip possible. It excludes visa fee to Cambodia (if any), personal expenses, personal beverages, etc.

Your booking will not be confirmed until deposit payment has been received. Please book your place as soon as possible. Please supply a copy of your passport with your booking.

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.