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Tambon Ban Chiang Cultural Tourism Community

Udon Thani

About the Community

Those who interested in Southeast Asian archaeology may well have heard of the famous Ban Chiang pottery found in the northeastern region of Thailand. These ancient artifacts date back almost 5,000 years old, and their outstanding international importance has eventually led to UNESCO recognizing Ban Chiang as a World Heritage Site in 1992.

For visitors new to the region, the best collection on display can be found at Ban Chiang National Museum, which aims to help develop the younger generation’s interest in historical study. However, the present community does not wish the site to be recognized as just another archaeological ground; instead, they want to continue this heritage and turn it into unique (newly-made) community products that visitors can actually take home as souvenirs. As a result, courses on pottery making and decorating are available in the area for all abilities. Other handicrafts that incorporate distinct Ban Chiang styles, such as cotton weaving, indigo dying and basketry, are also taught. An impressive attraction to check out in the community is the flamboyant Thai Puan dance.

What will you learn?

See the ancient artifacts of Baan Chiang that have put this community on the global map while learning about tie-dyed fabric and weaving arts (and maybe discover your hidden talent for art).

Cultural and Local Wisdom Heritage
  1. Pottery Ban Chiang’s pottery industry is a distinct part of this community’s heritage, with the material being used to create many different types of products. An archaeological site and a museum have both been founded for visitors to learn more about the region’s fascinating past, while workshops are also available at Ban Chiang Pottery and Painting Group. This group was formed by community members who produce pottery featuring ancient designs – which make excellent souvenirs.
  2. Traditional clothes made of indigo-dyed cotton This began with locals who produced indigo-dyed hand-woven clothes for their own use. They became popular thanks to the unique look and are now the village’s most widely-recognized OTOP (local product).
  3. Basketry Basketry was once a popular traditional job for Isan people in the Northeast of Thailand. In Ban Chiang, basketry products are further developed with unique styles, which set them apart from those of other regions. The designs are intricate and well-combined with the Tai Puan art style.
  4. Tai Puan traditional dance The Tai Puan traditional dance was first introduced by the Tai Puan people who migrated to Ban Chiang many years ago. The dance features flamboyant and unique moves all performed in harmony.
  5. Ban Chiang National Museum Ban Chiang National Museum was founded by the Fine Arts Department to educate people about the importance of the pre-historic culture and history of Ban Chiang.
Activities
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  • Witness the Bai Sri Su Kwan Welcoming Ceremony.
  • Enjoy the Rabam Ban Chiang cultural dance and learn some moves.
  • Visit Ban Chiang National Museum, Thai Phuan historical learning center.
  • Draw patterns and craft potteries at Ban Chiang Pottery Group.
  • Crafting wickerworks, weaving and tie-dye.
  • Craft DIY souvenirs (fridge magnets, keychains, coffee cups, bowls).
Programs

Program 3 Days 2 Nights

Day 1
9.25 am Assemble at the meeting point (airport/ hotel/ specified tourist attraction in Udon Thani)
10.30 am Depart for Udon Thani City Museum and learn about the history of Udon Thani
Then, visit The City Pillar Shrine, regarded as the spiritual anchor of the people of the area. One of the not-to-be-missed places and somewhere that is believed to bring about good luck!
11.30 am Lunch at VT Namnueng, a well-known Vietnamese restaurant of the city.
12.30 pm Depart for the ‘ancestral god and goddess shrine’, designed in a Chinese architectural style and look round an exhibition about Chinese immigrants living in Udon Thani since 1899.
1.30 pm Head to the Reclining Buddha Chapel, Pa Phu Kon Temple
3.00 pm Arrive at Pa Phu Kon Temple, located amidst the mountains and nature. The chapel was designed in a contemporary Rattanakosin style while the interior has been richly embellished and reflects the Buddha’s teachings.
4.30 pm Return to the city center, Udon Thani
6.00 pm Arrive in the city and check-in at Paradise Hotel
6.30 pm Dinner at Maeya Restaurant, an old restaurant that’s been open since the Vietnamese War
Enjoy a variety of recommended dishes
7.00 pm Check-in at Paradise Hotel and leisure time
Day 2
6.00 am Check-out and head to the Red Lotus Pond
6.30 am Arrive at the Red Lotus Pond and take a cruise, admiring the beautiful and abundant red lotuses, Nong Harn Kumpawapee Pond
7.00 am Travel to Baan Chiang Community
8.00 am Arrive at Baan Chiang with dinner at Huen Kamnun Homestay
9.00 am Visit the National Museum, Baan Chiang and archeological and historical sites of the Tai Puan tribe, Baan Chiang Community
11.30 am Head to the basketry group and enjoy lunch
1.00 pm Learn about the folk crafts at the basketry group
2.30 pm Learn about cotton weaving process and fabric dyeing technique
3.45 pm Depart for the nearby Pottery Group to learn about pottery-making and attend the pottery painting workshop (you can take your handmade pottery home as a souvenir)
4.45 pm Head to the homestay and check-in
5.00 pm “Baai Sri Su Kwan” welcoming ceremony
6.00 pm Dinner with the hosts
Day 3
6.00 am Offer sticky rice in an alms-giving parade in front of the homestay
6.30 am Breakfast at the homestay
8.00 am Check-out and depart for Pa Dong Rai Temple
8.30 am Arrive at Pa Dong Rai Temple (Santiwanaram Temple) and pay respect to the Buddha image in the lotus-shaped chapel in the middle of the pond
9.30 am Bid farewell to the community and depart for Wang Nakin, Kham Chanod
10.30 am Arrive at Wang Nakin, Kham Chanod and learn about the folk beliefs
Visit Kham Chanod Forest and pay respect to Sri Sutho and Sri Prathumma for blessings and prosperity
12.00 pm Depart from Kham Chanod
12.30 pm Northeastern-style (Isaan) lunch at Krua Khun Yai Resturant, Baan Doong
1.30 pm Head to the city center, Udon Thani
3.30 pm Arrive at Udon Thani International Airport and check-in at Thai Airasia for the return flight to Bangkok
6.00 pm Depart Udon Thani International Airport on flight FD3357

Program 3 Days 2 Nights

No. of visitors 2-3 persons 4-6 persons 7-9 persons
Rate/Person (THB) 14,000 8,900 6,900

Instructions

  • Prepare sun protection, such as sunglasses, sun cream, hat and umbrella.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and practical footwear like sneakers.
  • Kindly respect and follow the staff’s instructions.

Included in the program:

  • Meals as stated in the program (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners)
  • Transportation as required within the community
  • Van transfer outside of the community
  • 1 night homestay accommodation in Ban Chiang
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in the city (Paradise Udon Thani)
  • Activities as stated in the program
  • Guide
  • Community communicator
  • Travel insurance
  • 7% VAT and 3% WHT
  • Entrance fees

Not included in the program:

  • Personal expenses
  • Food and drinks not mentioned in the program
  • Cost of Bangkok-Udon Thani round-trip tickets

Suggested flights

  • Thai AirAsia flight FD 3352 DMK – UTH : 07.55– 09.25
  • Thai AirAsia flight FD 3357 UTH – DMK : 18.00– 19.10

Program 7 Days 6 Nights

Day 1
7.30 am Assemble at the meeting point (airport/ hotel/ tourist attractions in Udon Thani)
7.45 am Arrive at Kumpawapee Station, Udon Thani
8.00 am Transfer by van to Nong Harn Lake, Udon Thani
9.00 am Take a cruise on the Red Lotus pond, known as Nong Harn Kumpawapee Lake
Depart for Udon Thani City Museum and learn about the history of Udon Thani
10.30 am Then, visit The City Pillar Shrine, regarded as the spiritual anchor of the people of the area. One of the not-to-be-missed places and somewhere that is believed to bring about good
11.30 am Appreciate the Chinese-styled architecture and landscaped garden.
Attend an exhibition about Chinese immigrants living in Udon Thani since 1899 until present
12.30 pm Vietnamese Lunch at VT Namnueang, Udon Thani
1.30 pm Leave for Phu Phra Baht Historical Park, Baan Phue, Udon Thani
3.00 pm Visit the Peuang Hin Historical Park and U-sa Hall and check out the combined architecture of natural and human civilization – which relates to the folklore of the northeastern region
4.00 pm Head to the Reclining Buddha Cahpel at Phu Kon Temple to appreciate the contemporary architecture surrounded by nature. This temple also houses the Buddha’s relics.
5.00 pm Head to Baan Chiang Community, Nong Harn District
6.45 pm Arrive at Baan Chiang Community and check-in at the homestay and dinner with the hosts
Leisure time
Day 2
7.00 am Breakfast at the homestay
8.00 am “Baai Sri Su Kwan”- a ceremony carried on for generations as a welcome for visitors from afar.
9.00 am Visit the National Museum, Baan Chiang, the historical site showing the history of Tai Puan Tribe with lots of historical evidence
Go further to observe archeological sites, exhibiting antiquities and ancient appliances
11.30 am Local dishes for lunch
1.00 pm Transfer to the fabric weaving group- indigo dyed cotton
Learn about tying and dyeing technique with indigo
4.00 pm Return to the homestay
5.00 pm Take a bike ride and experience the local way of life with leisure time until dinner
6.00 pm Dinner with the hosts
Day 3
6.00 am Rise and shine for an early morning bike ride to Baan Chiang morning market for grocery shopping for breakfast
7.00 am Breakfast at the homestay
8.00 am Leave for the Weaving group to learn about wickerwork
Attend a workshop, Sticky rice container weaving
11.00 am Lunch served in the tiffin containers with the weaving group
1.00 pm Attend the weaving workshop (continued)
4.00 pm Return to the homestay and leisure time
6.00 pm Local dishes are served up for dinner at the Huen Kamnan Homestay
7.00 pm Return to the room
Day 4
6.00 am Get ready for to offer sticky rice to monks in an alms-giving parade in front of the homestay (sticky rice in the woven containers)
7.30 am Breakfast at the homestay
8.30 am Leave for the pottery group and learn about pottery-making and attend the workshop
11.30 am Lunch at the pottery group
1.00 pm Attend the pottery workshop (Continue) and pottery painting
4.00 pm Return to the homestay and leisure time
5.00 pm Cook with the host and dinner at the homestay
Day 5: Dress in local costumes- Baan Chiang Indigo-dyed clothes
6.00 am Get ready for to offer sticky rice to monks in an alms-giving parade in front of the homestay
8.00 am Breakfast at the homestay
9.00 am Learn about folk art and culture with the long drum band of Baan Chaing
11.00 am Cook local dishes and lunch at Baan Mae Rueng Homestay
1.00 pm Learn about the history of the Tai Puan dance and practice some basic dance routines
4.00 pm Leave for a traditional Thai massage to relax aching muscles
5.00 pm Return to the homestay and join the barbeque party
7.00 pm Lotus petal folding and offering preparation for merit-making
Day 6: Folk Belief and the Buddhist way of life
6.00 am Check-out and leave for Pa Dong Rai Temple
7.00 am Food offering to the monks and receive blessings
7.30 am Breakfast
8.30 am Meditation session
9.30 am Bid farewell to the community and leave for Wang Nakin, Kham Chanod
10.00 am Arrive at Wang Nakin and learn about the local beliefs. Explore the Kham Chanod forest and pay respect to Sri Sutho and Ssri Prathumma for blessings
11.30 am Leave Kam Chanod to have northeastern-style lunch at Krua Khun Yai Restaurant, Baan Doong
12.30 pm Leave for Muang District and visit Pa Baan Tad Temple, housing the relics of the respectable monks of Thailand- Reverend Bua and Mun, to name just a few
2.30 pm Arrive at Baan Tad and visit the meditation center. Here, you’ll learn about Reverend Mun’s teachings
3.30 pm Check-in at Centara Hotel & Convention Centre Udon Thani with some free time
Day 7
6.00 am Check-out and depart for Udon Thani International Airport
7.45 am Fly to Don Mueng International Airport, Bangkok
8.50 am Arrive at Don Muang International Airport

Program 7 Days 6 Nights

No. of visitors 2-3 persons 4-6 persons 7-9 persons
Rate/Person (THB) 37,000 26,000 17,000

Instructions

  • Prepare sun protection, such as sunglasses, sun cream, hat and umbrella.
  • Wear corresponding clothes to the suggested theme (except traditional dresses)
  • Kindly respect and follow the staff’s instructions.

Included in the program:

  • Meals as stated in the program (7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners)
  • Transportation as required within the community
  • Van transfer outside of the community
  • 5 nights at the homestay accommodation in Ban Chiang
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in the city (Centara Hotel Udon Thani)
  • Activities as stated in the program
  • Guide
  • Community communicator
  • Travel insurance
  • 7% VAT and 3% WHT

Not included in the program:

  • Personal expenses
  • Food and drinks not mentioned in the program
  • Cost of Bangkok-Udon Thani round-trip tickets

Suggested flights

  • Thai AirAsia flight FD 3348 DMK – UTH : 06:10– 07.15
  • Thai AirAsia flight FD 3349 UTH – DMK : 07:45–08:50

Suggested train (This could be another good experience):

  • Isan Manka Train (sleeper) no. 25/26

Notes

The program may be adjusted to suit the weather and situation. If any outdoor activity cannot be conducted as per the program, Local Alike will arrange a back-up activity indoor to ensure an authentic community tourism experience for our visitors. The satisfaction of our guests and community members is our priority.

Seasons/ Periods of Visit: All-year-round

All-year-round activities
  • Pottery and painting
  • Meditation
  • Weaving and dyeing
  • Basketry
  • Dancing
  • Tomtom
  • Boat tour through the “sea of red lotuses” (except on rainy days)
Local Foods
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  • Galinga fried rice with Ban Chiang’s specialty dipping sauce
Local Products
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  • Pottery, including bowls, pots, jars and piggy banks decorated with Ban Chiang’s own designs
  • Basketry products
  • Indigo-dyed woven clothes unique to Ban Chiang
Home stay
Community homestay
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Hosts/Local Masters
Local Master
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Mr. Chatree Tajoparang

Master of Pottery and Painting

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Mrs. Paijit Jandadan

Master of basketry

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Mr. Sombat Manyahong

Master of weaving and dyeing

นางฉันทนา-ศิริชุมแสง

Mrs. Chantana Sirichumsaeng

Master of dancing/DIY souvenirs/community chef

Photo/VDO Gallery
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Nearby Accommodation
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Nong Han Grand Hotel and Resort

Nearby attractions
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  • Pa Phu Kon Temple
  • Usa Tower, Phu Pra Bat Historical Park
  • Pa Ban Tat Temple
  • Srimueang Park
  • Nong Prajak
How to get there
  • Isan Manka train
  • Plane
  • A/C bus
  • Private car
  • Bus

Community’s Contact Information

Community tourism coordinator: Mr. Chumporn Suttiboon
Phone: 08-1485-1864
ID LINE: 08-1485-1864
Address: Ban Chiang village, Moo 13, Ban Chiang sub-district, Nong Han district, Udon Thani 41130

Tour Agent Contact Information

Tour operator’s name: Local Alike Co., Ltd.
E-Mail: group@localalike.com
Phone: 08-1139-5593
Social media: www.facebook.com/LocalAlike, localalike.com www.instagram.com/localalike, twitter.com/localalike