Study Trip


Saturday, 11 May 2019, 8.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m.
Leader: Khun Euayporn Kerdchouay, Senior Consultant



Nakhon Pathom, a city only 60 km west of Bangkok, is often referred to by Thais as the oldest city in Thailand. At one time it functioned as the centre of the Dvaravati Kingdom, a loose collection of Mon city-states that flourished between the 6th and 11th centuries AD in the Chao Phraya River valley. The central attraction in Nakhon Pathom is the famous Phra Pathom Chedi.

Ratchaburi is a city located about 105 km away from Bangkok. Owing to its favourable location by the Mae Klong River, the region has attracted settlements through the ages. The area was part of the Dvaravati kingdom and later occupied by the Khmers. It then came under the aegis of Sukhothai, Ayutthaya, and Bangkok. The population is an interesting mix of natives of central Thailand; Mon, Thai Yuan, Lao, and Karen all have settled in the area and left behind remnants of the past, which makes Ratchaburi especially rich in antiquities and artistic achievement.

On this trip, members will have an opportunity to visit:

Phra Pathom Chedi National Museum: on the southeast side of the monument are some very fine Dvaravati stone Wheels of the Law, together with a large fragment of Dvaravati-period carved stone depicting the Buddha preaching his First Sermon and some interesting Dvaravati sculptures.

Museum of Wat Khanon exhibits Nang Yai shadow-puppet figures in a special Exhibition Room, inviting the general public to admire and study all aspects of the Nang Yai art. Today, there are only two troupes of Nang Yai shadow puppetry still performing in Thailand: that of Wat Sawang Arom in Sing Buri province and that of Wat Khanon in Ratchaburi province.

Museum of Wat Muang, established in 1933, is a folk museum devoted to the Mon people. Standing on the bank of the Mae Klong River, it exhibits artefacts relating to the Mon people, who, historically, constitute a substantial ethnic minority of the population of Ratchaburi province.

Museum of Wat Kongkaram contains exhibits relating to the life and history of the Thai-Mon community in the area, particularly the history of Wat Kongkaram and former abbots of the temple. There is also an interesting collection of religious artefacts and many superb teak buildings in the compound. The Ubosot contains excellent mural paintings of the early Bangkok period, illustrating the life of the Buddha.

Ratchaburi National Museum is housed in the former town hall, which was built in the 1920s. On display are artefacts from the area which can be dated back to prehistoric and later era including stucco fragments from the Dvaravati period, the Khmer objects such as the magnificent 13th-century sandstone torso of Avalokiteshvara, and information on the ethnic minorities who lived in the province.

The bus will depart from the Siam Society on Saturday, 11 May 2019 at 8:00 a.m., and is expected to arrive back at the Society on the same day at 10:00 p.m.


A contribution of 2,950 baht (3,450 baht for non-members) is requested to cover all transportation, lunch at a local restaurant in Ratchaburi and dinner at a famous restaurant in Ban Pong district, entrance fees to museums, and all arrangements to make the trip possible.

Please pay by cash or cheque payable to ‘The Siam Society’. There is a 4% surcharge for credit/debit card payment to cover bank charges. Alternatively, you can deposit/transfer the money to the Siam Society travel account at the Thai Military Bank, Asoke Branch saving account no. 053-2-18000-7. Please fax or e-mail the deposit or transfer docket to us. In case the tour has to be cancelled due to insufficient participants, a full refund of the deposit will be made.

The Siam Society reserves the right to change the programme as necessary. Seats are limited. Please book your place as soon as possible. For further information and bookings please contact Khun Prasert or Khun Supanut.