Program 6 Days 5 Nights

Day 1
11.00 am Meet together Don Mueang International Airport and receive a snack box for breakfast.
12.05 pm Fly to Phitsanulok with AirAsia.
13.05 pm Arrive to Phitsanulok Airport and collect your luggage before heading onwards.
1.30 pm Lunch at Krua Nan Narm restaurant, with a scenic view of Nan River.
2.30 pm Travel to Mueang Kao, Sukhothai
3.30 pm Listen to the history of Sukhothai Kingdom at the Tourism Service Center
5.00 pm Check-in to “Muangluangraek Homestay” with leisure time until dinner.
6.00 pm Dinner with local Thai food at the homestay
7.00 pm Leisure time
Day 2
6.00 am Experience the fresh morning breeze and offer morning alms to the monks at Wat Traphangtong.
7.00 am Breakfast at the homestay
8.00 am Arrive at the Mueang Kao, Sukhothai. The best way to explore the area is by bicycle, allowing you to see the sights from two wheels dotted around Sukhothai Historical Park. Take in the fresh green scenery along the way.

  • Listen to the history of all the most important historical sites and temples, such as Wat Mahathat, Wat Si Sawai, Wat Traphangngoen, and Wat Sra Si.
  • Admire the monument of King Ramkhamhaeng the Great.
11.30 am Lunch served in a traditional ‘Pinto’ style under the bodhi tree, Ko Klang at Wat Traphangtong, a temple that remained footprint of the Buddha. There is also a giant pool in the temple known as “Sra Traphangtong”. The pool has been used for storing water for consumption since ancient times.
1.00 pm After lunch, travel around the area surrounding Sukhothai Historical Park

  • Watch ancient Tao Thu Riang, which is used as a type of Sangkhalok kiln. You’ll how it is made in the fire as well as its historical significance to the area.
1.30 pm Travel to Wat Si Chum, a temple where “Phra Atchana” is installed. Experience the magnificent and beauty of Phra Atchana and seek for answers of the legend of the ‘Speaking Buddha’.
2.00 pm Relax under the cool trees dotted around the area of Wat Sri Chum and learn how to make traditional woven fish and small baskets with palm leaves under the guidance of an expert.

  • Learn about Pla Ta Pien, a fish that symbolizes the prosperity of the Sukhothai Kingdom and Kratong (small basket) that tells the story of the annual Loy Kratong festival in Sukhothai
  • Learn how to select the right palm leaves and start to weave your own Pla Ta Pien as well as thread a needle to tie it with the bamboo. Learn how to make small baskets made with palm leaves to float in the pool in the evening.
3.30 pm Try making Mueang Kao local Thai dessert, Khanom Dag Nga which is made from cooked sticky rice pound up in an ancient wooden mortar until the sticky rice is crushed into powder. It’s mixed with coconut and black roasted sesame to make a delicious Thai dessert which you can try yourself.

  • Make your own Khanom Dag Nga with experts who are ready to pass on their knowledge in making local Thai desserts for us.
4.30 pm Travel back to the accommodation with leisure time in the afternoon.
6.00 pm Bring your DIY Kratong Bai Lan (small basket made with palm leaves) to float on the water at Wat Traphangton as an offering to Buddha.
6.30 pm Dinner with local Thai dishes at the homestay
Day 3
8.00 am Breakfast at the homestay
9.00 am Have fun as you get to understand more about the villagers’ way of life at Mueang Kao, Sukhothai. Learn how to make Mueang Kao’s ‘votive tablets’ at Ban Phra Pim Luk Mon Slip. The process involves:

  • Preparing the clay
  • Learning how to make a mold of the Buddha
  • Learning the firing techniques for perfect hardened clay of Buddhist art.
12.00 pm Lunch
1.30 pm Continue to learn how to make votive tablet with more local wisdom passed on about how people in the olden days used to live their lives, such as:

  • Learning archery techniques
  • Learn ancient firing techniques
5.30 pm Dinner at Tha Nam Rubsadet and view the scenic view of the sunset behind the stupa.
7.00 pm Travel back to the homestay with leisure time before bed.
Day 4
8.00 am Breakfast at the homestay
9.00 am Learn how to make pottery at Usa Sangkhlalok. From the ancient remains, many pieces of ‘celadonware’ were found in the area that featured unique patterns depicting fish and black sharks (similar to carp). This is evidence of the plentiful and prosperity that Sukhothai enjoyed when it was the ancient capital of Siam. Consequently, some households in the area have carried on the tradition of making pottery and this can be seen at several locations dotted around the Old Town area of Sukhothai.

  • You’ll be guided through all steps of the process, from preparing the clay to clay fermentation, molding, and writing the Sangkhalok pattern on the celadonware.
12.00 pm Lunch
1.00 pm Learn how to make a wooden quail at the Wooden Handicraft Center at Ban Nok Khum, which is considered an auspicious object that protects the city and homes and maintains peace. Learn about the local wisdom of Mueang Kao’s villagers as well as how to hammer the wooden pattern by yourself.

  • Learn about the history and beliefs that have been passed on from generation to generation.
  • Learn about wood-engraved handicrafts.
  • Learn how to engrave the pattern onto the wooden quail with the experts
3.30 pm Travel to Chao Ram cave, located at Ban Dan Lan Hoi. This site is presumed to be where King Ramkhamhaeng the Great used as a place to relax, as well as use as a hide-out shelter from enemies.

  • Head into the cave and check out the scenery surrounding the cave.
6.30 pm Watch as hundreds of bats fly out of the cave in search of food at night. Have a snack while watching bats.
7.00 pm Travel back
8.00 pm Dinner and leisure time
Day 5
6.00 am Experience the local village way of life as you go shopping for food at the morning market at Wat Traphangtong and select ingredients to prepare your own food.
7.00 am Return to the accommodation and prepare your own local Thai dish.
8.30 am Have yourself a homemade breakfast
9.30 am Travel to Ban Thung Luang, Khiri Mat district. Here, uncoated pottery is manufactured with the villagers still passing on their local wisdom from past to present.
10.00 am Travel to Ban Thung Luang Village and listen to the story about pottery.

  • At the Sukhothai Identity Hall, listen to the history of different types of pottery such as the making, the molding with pottering wheel, the clay casting and molding of clay by hand.
  • See some of the 200 plus households that still make pottery for a living.
11.30 am Lunch is served in clay pots at Ban Thung Luang
12.30 pm Learn the art of pottery making with the local craftsmen and experience the joy of molding different shapes of earthenware and terra-cotta dolls. The process involves:

  • Preparing the clay
  • Kneading the clay and molding it using a potter’s wheel.
  • Firing the clay in kilns
  • Engraving lesson
  • DIY-gold and silver plating
4.00 pm Return to the accommodation in the Old Town community
6.00 pm Enjoy some local dishes for the dinner at the homestay with free time before bed.
Day 6
8.00 am Breakfast at the homestay
9.00 am Check-out and bid farewell to the community before travelling back to Phitsanulok
10.00 am Admire the Buddha statue known as Phra Bhudda Chinnarat at Phra Si Rattana Mahathat Temple
Phra Bhudda Chinnarat is the provincial patron of Phitsanulok and widely considered to be one of the most beautiful and highly-revered images in the country.
11.00 am Lunch
12.00 pm Travel to Phitsanulok Airport
2.05 pm Fly to Bangkok on Air Asia Flight FD3305
3.00 pm Arrive at Don Muang International Airport
Collect your luggage and travel back to your accommodation or head to your next destination.