Study Trip

A Cultural and Natural Beauty Excursion in Nakhon Si Thammarat and Surat Thani provinces

Friday 1 to Sunday 3 November 2019
Leader: Khun Supanut Hachaleelaha, Program officer of The Siam Society


Scenic view from Ratchaprapha Dam


Nakhon Si Thammarat is the second largest province in the south and a major religious centre, with one of the most important Buddhist temples in the southern peninsula, Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan.

Kiriwong village or Ban Kiriwong, located 40 kilometres west of the city, is said to be the village with the purest air and the best atmosphere in Thailand. The village is surrounded by part of Khao Luang Mountain, which is abundant with ancient fern forests, rare orchids, and many other plants. The highest peak is 1,835 metres above sea level, making it the highest mountain in the South. Khao Luang Mountain is also the origin of many rivers, one of which flows through the Kiriwong village. Recognised by the Thailand Tourism Awards in 1998, Ban Kiriwong is an excellent example of community-based ecotourism management.

Surat Thani is the largest province in southern Thailand, covering about 12,800 square kilometres. There are more than 100 islands, the largest and most important of which is Ko Samui. Geographically, most of the area is covered with forest and high limestone mountain ranges. The completion of Ratchaprapha Dam in 1988 gave birth to a huge inland lake of about 168 square kilometres, which is adorned with hundreds of islands and islets. Many people compare the striking scenery here with the world-famous Guilin in China. Ratchaprapha Dam also provided the largest habitat of freshwater fish in Thailand’s South. Mountains, plains, trees, and the lake make the whole area fascinatingly beautiful.

The Siam Society is arranging this expedition to visit sites of interest in Nakhon Si Thammarat and Surat Thani. Members will spend the weekend visiting places with the alleged freshest air in Thailand, enjoying local food, people, and nature before proceeding to one of the best scenic lakes with a limestone mountains surrounded by greenery at Ratchaprapha Dam, where we will spend a night there in a floating resort, go sightseeing, and swim in the clear water.


The tentative programme will be as follows:

Day 1: Friday 1 November

6.50am Depart Don Mueang Airport for Nakhon Si Thammarat by Air Asia flight FD3188
8.05am Arrive at Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport, transfer to the hotel for breakfast
9am Breakfast at Grand Fortune Hotel in the city
- Proceed to Kiriwong village
12.15pm Lunch at Kiriwong village
Afternoon: Sightseeing in Kiriwong village
3pm Depart from Kiriwong village and return to Nakhon Si Thammarat
Late afternoon: Visit Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan and the museum
- Check-in at Grand Fortune Hotel, then transfer to a local restaurant for dinner
- Overnight at Grand Fortune Hotel

Day 2: Saturday 2 November

8.30am Depart the hotel to Ratchaprapha Dam (Chieo Lan Dam) – about a three-hour drive
12pm Lunch at a local restaurant in the dam area
1pm Board a shuttle boat and transfer to the resort
2.30pm Arrive at the Phupha-Waree resort and check-in
  Sightseeing in the dam
Evening: Dinner and overnight at the resort

Day 3: Sunday 3 November

- Breakfast at the resort
Morning: Continue sightseeing or at leisure then check out
11am Leave the resort
Noon: Proceed to Khao Sok National Park. Lunch en route
- Visit Khao Sok National Park briefly then proceed to Surat Thani Airport
5.30pm Depart Surat Thani for Bangkok by Air Asia flight FD3332
6.45pm Arrive at Bangkok Don Mueang Airport

Note   - Please be reminded that some sessions will be conducted by local people in Thai language, but English-speaking participants are welcome.
- As the accommodation in Ratchaprapha Dam is subjected to limited availability during high season (from November to April), please kindly confirm your booking by making the payment as soon as possible. The Siam Society cannot confirm the hotel reservation until a deposit has been made.


THB 19,500 (THB 20,500 for non-members) is solicited to cover the cost which includes flights, transportation, accommodation (two persons per room), meals as mentioned in the program, entrance fees for national parks, and all arrangements to make the trip possible. Single room surcharge THB 1,500.

A photocopy of passport or ID card must accompany the booking. Your reservation will be confirmed as soon as the payment in full amount has been made.

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.