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Northeastern Region

The Northeastern region is a huge region with over 20 million inhabitants. Because of its inaccessibility in the past, it was able to develop its own version of the Thai culture. This is characterised by exotic festivals, folk dances and spicy food. Recent excavations also suggest that it was home to a flourishing Bronze Age civilisation, some 5,000 years ago.

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       Programmes Overseas : Education Tour & Homestay Experience
Education Tour - Northeastern Region

Day 1 Bangkok
Arrive at Bangkok International Airport. Travel to your central city hotel for overnight stay. Bangkok is known to the Thais as Krungthep - "The City of Angels" and was established in 1782 by King Rama I, as the capital of Siam. Overnight in Bangkok.

Day 2 Bangkok
Morning: Visit the Ministry of Education; to talk about education in Thailand.
Afternoon: Visit the famous Grand Palace and The Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Vimarn Mek , ‘the world’s largest Golden Teak structure’.
Overnight in Bangkok.

Day 3 Bangkok - Saraburi - Nakhon Ratchasima
Morning: Travel by coach to Nakhon Ratchasima [ Khorat ]; via Saraburi, the centre of marble quaries, and cement factories. Visit a Marble Factory. Khorat is a large city and gateway to "The Issarn" - the huge farming area of Thailand. Overnight in Khorat.

Day 4 Nakhon Ratchasima
Morning: Visit a University in Khorat.
Afternoon: Visit a Ceramic Pottery Village,to see potters working with clay and have the chance to buy souveniers and gifts.
Overnight in Khorat.

Day 5 Nakhon Ratchasima - Buri Ram - Surin
Morning: Travel by coach to Buri Ram, to visit historical archeological Pottery Kiln sites and the well- known stone castle; Phanom Rung, on top of Phanom Rung Mount.
Afternoon: Arrive in Surin, made famous by the annual festival - ‘The Elephant Round-Up’ held in November each year. Many elephants can be found at a nearby Elephant Village, where they are trained. Well known silverware and basketry villages, produce good produce for sale.
Hosted by homestay family in Surin.

Day 6 Surin
Morning: Visit a Secondary School, students will entertain with Thai cultural displays.
Afternoon: See silk being produced and manufactured at a Thai Silk village and the opportunity to buy. Return to homestay family, for overnight in Surin.

Day 7 Surin
Morning: Visit an Elementary school in Surin
Afternoon: Your chance to watch silverware craftsmen at work and to shop at a Silverware village. Farewell Party with all homestay families, on the final night in Surin.

Day 8 Surin - Ubon Ratchathani
Morning: Travel by coach to Ubon Ratchathani; a long established large city, located in the eastern and corner of Thailand and close to the Laos and Cambodian borders. Visit the huge Mae Khong River, to see Pa Taem Cliff, an historical sight, with etchings reflecting ancient ways of life, dating back over three thousand years. Also see "Two Coloured River", where the muddy - yellow Mun River meets the Mae Khong River. Explore the markets, shops and "nightlife" of Ubon. Overnight in Ubon Ratchathani.

Day 9 Ubon Ratchathani - Bangkok
Morning: By coach to Ubon Ratchathani Airport, to fly back to Bangkok and by coach to your hotel.
Afternoon: Freetime; for shopping or sightseeing in Bangkok - "The City of Angles" Farewell Dinner. Overnight in Bangkok.

Day 10 Departure Home
To Bangkok International Airport, to check-in, ready for departure.