Pickup at your hotel in Bangkok at 8 am.
We drive in northern direction via Rangsit and Nakorn Nayok to Prachinburi province, about 110 km northeast of Bangkok. The first stop will be at a fruit-market along the road, where we will buy some fruits.
After another 40 km we arrive at the eastern gate of Khao Yai national park, the first and largest national park in Thailand.
We will visit Heio Nayok waterfall, a beautiful 3-step waterfall, surrounded by dense jungle.
Continue to the headquarter of Khao Yai, visit the park-museum and visit another waterfall, called Namtok Heio Suwat.
Lunch is in a local restaurant next to Heio Suwat waterfall.
Afternoon, departure from Khao Yai through the western exit.
Drive for another 2 .5 hours to Buriram province.
Dinner at a typical Thai-restaurant in Buriram.
Overnight at a middleclass hotel in Buriram Province.
After an early breakfast, we drive about 50 km to Surin city, the place, where today we will join the famous elephant-roundup.
The event starts at about 8.30 am and goes for around 4 hours.
100 - 150 elephants with their mahouts take part at this spectacle.
Surin has long been associated with elephants. The folks here are well recognized for their skill in capturing and rounding up wild elephants as well as training and taming them. Surin is often known as the 'province of elephants'.
Many of Surin's elephants and their mahouts travel to places like Bangkok to earn money for much of the year. But in November, they all head back to their native province for the big occasion.
Every year, more than 100 elephants take part in this event.
The Elephant Round-up displays the amazing grace, strength and intelligence of this huge creature in games of soccer, log carrying, and the tug-of-war against human teams.
The talent and playfulness of the pachyderms never fail to draw cheers from the spectators.
The highlight of the show is the mock battle, which best shows the talent and strength of this lovable animal. In times past, elephants played a key role in wars against invading armies.
Previously, the elephant round-up was a state ceremony presided over only by the King. Prayers and citations were devised for the ceremony and for the taming of the captured elephants afterwards.
Lunch in a local restaurant at Surin, After lunch we drive tp Narong subdistrict to visit the old khmer-temple sites, Prasat Phanom Rung and Muang Tham, both dating back to the 12th century, built by the same king as Angkor Wat.
In the late afternoon we proceed to the big city of Korat.
Dinner in a local restaurant.
Overnight at middleclass hotel in Korat.
Breakfast at 8 am. Checking out from hotel and drive for 50 minutes to Phimai, to visit another khmer templesite, Prasat Phimai, which is still in very good condition.
The museum of Phimai and a park-area with the biggest Banyan-tree (in the world ?) are other places we will visit in here.
On the way back to Bangkok, we will visit another famous place among Thai people, Wat Phra Buddhabhat, in Saraburi province. This temple site is famous for Lord Buddha's footprint and a Teeth of Lord Buddha. Back to Bangkok at late afternoon. We will bring you to your hotel in Bangkok.
|Per Person in a Twin-Sharing Room||17,800 Baht|
|Singleroom Surcharg||1,700 Baht|