Isaan is one of Thailand’s richest areas, not in terms of wealth, but in culture and natural beauty. The Northeast is a lesser-seen part of this amazing country, but every bit as magical as the heavily-traveled southern beach destinations.
Bangkok, Thailand (PRWEB) December 12, 2012
Backyard Travel, Asia’s most innovative tour company has released details of their latest package entitled ‘Isaan – Undiscovered Northeastern Thailand’. The tailored tour takes travelers behind the scenes of Thailand, to the often-missed area of Isaan where guests can experience the rural areas of Thailand with a ‘Backyard difference’. The package takes guests to stay in a traditional Northern Thai-style house, provides a homestay at a rural village and the offers the chance to discover the ancient paintings of Pha Taem Historical Park.
While on the nine day / eight night tour, travelers will have the opportunity to visit the historical parks and temples of Ayutthaya as well as the largest Khmer temple complex in Thailand at Prasat Hin Phimai, which date back to the Angkor period. The trip continues the Khmer theme with visits to Phanom Rung Historical Park to see one of the most impressive Khmer monuments in the Land of Smiles, as well as Prasat Muang Tham, a temple built by King Jayavarman V.
While in the Isaan region, travelers will also pay visit to Baan Tasawang, a project supported by the Bureau of the Royal Household and Her Majesty The Queen’s foundation to observe the silk-weaving process that produces some of the finest silk garments in the world.
Travelers will also visit Ubon Ratchatani, a region that’s a fascinating blend of Thai, Laos and Burmese architecture and take a tour of the National Museum to learn about the history of the local buildings and temples.
In Pha Taem, guests will see the pre-historic paintings at Pha Taem Historical Park which are estimated to be between five and seven thousand years old. The Fine Arts Department of the museum will provide a private talk on the paintings to explain when and how they were discovered, as well as offering theories as to who might have painted them.
The tailored tour package also takes travelers to the house in Nakhon Phanom where the leader of the Vietnamese Resistance Ho Chi Minh sought refuge during 1924-1931 while Vietnam was under French occupation.
A visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ban Chiang is also featured in the tour and guests have the opportunity to enjoy a homestay in a nearby village where locals welcome Backyard Travel guests with a traditional ‘Baci’ ceremony. An early rise and the chance to give morning alms to monks in a traditional Buddhist ritual is also possible, before taking a short trek to the beautiful ‘Nam Mok’ waterfall where travelers can enjoy a picnic prepared by the villagers.
The insightful journey concludes with a drive through some breathtaking mountain and forest scenery to the 14th century monastery of Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat, regarded as the most beautiful image of Buddha in Thailand, before being taken on to Phitsanoluk or Sukhothai airport for a return flight to Bangkok.
“Isaan is one of Thailand’s richest areas, not in terms of wealth, but in culture and natural beauty,” said Backyard Travel’s General Manager Maeve Nolan. “The Northeast is a lesser-seen part of this amazing country, but every bit as magical as the heavily-traveled southern beach destinations.”
About Backyard Travel
Bangkok based Backyard Travel is an online travel company specializing in tailor-made tours to Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia and Japan. For more information about Backyard Travel, visit http://www.backyardtravel.com or Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/BackyardTravel.