An Exploration of Rock Art

and other Cultural Sites


on the Way to Bangkok

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Introduction

SEAMEO SPAFA is pleased to announce a special four-day post-conference tour, which will take participants on an overland journey from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. Along the way, we will be visiting various rock art and cultural sites in Lampang, Phetchabun and Saraburi provinces. These sites are much less on the popular tourist trail, but are nevertheless important in terms of cultural heritage.

Start: Chiang Mai, 13 November 2022
End: Bangkok, 16 November 2022
A fee of THB 14,000/person* (approx. USD$390) to cover the costs of transport, board and ancillary charges Early bird rate: THB 12,000 if booked before 30 September 2022

DAY 1

We depart from Chiang Mai and head south to Lampang province to visit Pratu Pha, one of Thailand's largest rock art sites with over 1,800 images stretching over 300 metres in seven panels. The day will end at Phitsanulok province where we will spend the night in the historic city centre

DAY 2

Leaving Phitsanulok for Phetchabun province in the morning. After lunch, we will spend the afternoon at the Si Thep Historical Park, which is on the Unesco World Heritage Tentative List. This ancient settlement has a long history, and the edifices here date to the Dvaravati (6-7th centuries CE) and Khmer (11th-12th century) period. We will stay in Si Thep for two nights.

DAY 3

The morning will be spent on a two-hour hike (approximately 2 hours) to Khao Tamorat Cave about 20 km from the ancient city of Si Thep, a cave site with Mahayana Buddhist carvings attributed to the Dvaravati culture. Some light to moderate physical activity is required, as the hike will be generally uphill on an unmarked trail. In the event that weather conditions make the journey unsafe, we will visit other interesting archaeological sites in the area. After a restful lunch, we will visit some of the archaeological sites outside of the Si Thep Historical Park, including Khao Klang Nok.

DAY 4

We depart from our base in Phetchabun and continue on our way to Bangkok. Along the way, we will visit Wat Phraphuttachai in Saraburi province, a cliffside temple that contains rock art from the historic and prehistoric period. This site was recently featured in our virtual site visit for the Rock Art of Southeast Asia and the World online course. We conclude the trip at a central location in Bangkok.



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The tour will be conducted on a fully air-conditioned coach, and includes all meals, accommodation and entrance fees for the sites. There will be knowledgeable guides throughout the tour, including SEAMEO SPAFA’s own Senior Specialist in Archaeology, Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan.

As there are limited seats available, a deposit of THB 2,000 (approx. USD$55) is required to reserve your place. There is currently an early bird discount of THB2,000 if you reserve your place before 30 September 2022.

*Note: Fare is on a twin-sharing basis. A supplement of THB1,000 is applicable for single board.