Media Trip to the Northeast of Thailand
Here at the The iTravel Channel we teamed up with Tourism Authority of Thailand and Thai Air Asia on a media trip to the northeast of Thailand for some “Happiness You Can Like!” We set out for Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok on Saturday, January 25th, where Thai Air Asia whisked us up to UdonThani Airport.
Upon arrival in Udon Thani we set out to visit Thale Bua Daeng, Kumphawapi to enjoy the boat trip on the Sea of Red Lotuses followed by lunch at Ban Chiang. After a tasty lunch theiTravelChannel team explored the Ban Chiang National Museum. Here you can take a walk back in time viewing antique pottery as you learn about ancient cultures of Thailand.
After a busy afternoon the Kunnapat Spa made the perfect stop. Not only can you learn how to produce Rock Salt here, but you can kick back and relax at the spa and to wrap up our first day we enjoyed a dinner at Rabiang Pachanee Restaurant, located near the spectacular Nong Prachak Park. For lodging, the Much-che Manta Boutique Hotel in Udon Thani hit the spot.
The following morning, Sunday, January 26th, Our first stop was the Thai-Chinese Cultural Centre of Udon Thani then theiTravelChannel team took in the nature and scenic views at the Phu Phrabat Historical Park. Our visit was also a learning experience as the Phu Phrabat stone tells a story dating back to the prehistoric era.
For lunch, Kiri Maze Thani at Na Yung, Udon Thani was a pleasant treat. Following lunch the team drove up to the Khiri Wong Kot Village for some scenic mountain fun as we took in the views and waterfall at the national park. The altitude is also great for farming with delicious strawberries and the ecotourist community at the village Kiri Maze is not to be missed.
The team made one last stop, Wat Pha Tak Sue, which features a viewpoint to see the “sand bar king of the Nakas.” The next stop on the agenda, our hotel, Pue Pae Ruen Mai Thai Resort, would take us into the nearby Sangkom District in Nong Khai province of Thailand. Dinner at Pue Pae Restaurant along the nearby Mekong River brought the day to a close.
Monday, January 27th, theiTravel Channel team was up early for the drive out to Phu Huai Isan in time to experience the sea of mist and a beautiful sunrise. The day was action packed with a stop at Ta Yak Waterfall prior to exploring the Nong Khai Grand Canyon by boat. Next up, lunch at Krua Mai Nam in the Sangkhom district.
After a short stop at our hotel, Old Chiang Khan Boutique Hotel, near the Mekong River and Chiang Khan Walking Street, we participated in a wrist-binding ceremony and Pha Sat Workshop at Wat Sri Khun Mueang. For dinner, Huen Luang Phra Bang, Chiang Khan Walking Street area.
Day four comes along for the iTravel Channel quickly where we Join the alms giving ceremony at the Chiang Khan Walking Street prior to departing for Ban Na Pa Nat. Upon arrival we visit the Tai Dam Cultural Village to experience ways of life in the past. Hungry, we enjoyed lunch at Lan Chang Restaurant in Loei followed by a coffee break at Phu Rue.
Next up we arrive in Dansai, where we check into the Phu Na Come Resort, a luxurious Isan nature and environmentally-friendly resort located in the beautiful Dansai valley. After an evening of activities at the resort, the team has a pleasant night.
The last day of the media trip, Wednesday, January 29th, begins with a healthy breakfast at the resort and is followed by a half day Green Dansai Bike Tour on the Spirit of Dansai Route to explore the Dansai Valley.
Lots of sightseeing and the team continues on to Wat Neramitre, a majestic temple which sits on the hill not far from Phra That Sri Song Rak. We finish up with lunch in the ancient village of Natum Namthang.
The TAT sponsored media trip comes to a conclusion with a ride back to Udon Thani Airport where we experience the hospitality of Thai Air Asia on our flight back to Bangkok.