by the Siam Society under Royal Patronage

A study trip Phrae

The Siam Society Study Trip by Siamese Heritage Trust
Touching the heritage conservation pulse in Phrae

Mr. Komol Panichpan, Lanna Cultural Expert
Ms. Jarunee Khongswasdi, Siamese Heritage Trust Manager

Friday, 2  – Sunday, 4 August 2019



Under the leadership of Mr. Komol Panichan, Lanna Cultural Expert, the Siam Society will lead trip members to visit two charming towns of Phrae province, namely Muang Long (Long district) and the old town of Amphoe Muang Phrae.

Muang Long (Amphoe Long) was an important southern fortress town of the Lanna Empire in the reign of King Tilokarat during the war with King Boromatrailokkanat of Ayutthaya. It continuously had its own ruler and was a part of Lampang province until 1932. Members of this trip will learn about the history and local wisdom of the neighborhood through collections at a local temple museum, Wat Sri Don Kham, old photos displayed in Chalong Sin Photo Studio, and Komol Pha Boraan Museum (the museum of ancient textile of Acharn Komol Panichpan). After that, members will head northward to Mae Jong Fai village to visit the Pakakayor ethnic group, to learn about their natural resources, their changing way of life, and their current cultural activities including textile weaving. Since Phrae was the hub of the teakwood trade, during the visit to this village members will see vernacular teakwood houses that were built in simple style unlike those to be seen in the old town of Phrae on the next day. Before leaving for Amphoe Muang Phrae, members will drop by at Ban Pin Railway station that was designed like a Bavarian timbre-frame house by a German Engineer, Emil Eisenhofer in 1914.

Muang Phrae (Amphoe Muang Phrae) was the largest ancient community in Phrae. The remaining ancient City Wall in the shape of a conch shell and moat dates back to over a thousand year ago, situated on the left bank of Yom river. Muang Phrae was a sovereign city state as Lamphun, Lampang, Nan, Phayao before it came under the ruling of Lanna Empire, Ayutthaya, and Siam respectively. However, Phrae continuously had its own ruler until the enforcement of the Administrative Centralization Policy in Siam in 1902. Muang Phrae has never been abandoned as seen its rich built heritage from different ages, such as the ancient City Wall, old temples, and elaborate gingerbread teakwood houses with European influence from the reign of King Rama V. In Muang Phrae, trip members will visit the ancient City Wall, Wat Jom Sawan, and beautiful Lanna colonial buildings, which have been converted to be excellent museums. We will meet and discuss with the group who calls themselves “Active Generation of Phrae Family” who activate the conservation pulse of Phrae. They will lead us to visit two unseen missionary houses waiting to be conserved. The group will also learn about the history of teak concession on Phrae at the Teak Museum (former estate of the East Asiatic Company in the reign of King Rama V and former School of Forestry in 1935). For the last part of this trip, members will meet and discuss with the group “Phrae Craft”, young indigo craftsmen who use local cultural and natural resources; namely local plants, materials, technique, local manpower and skill to carry on Phrae heritage and present them in the contemporary style.

From Muang Long to Muang Phrae, trip members will learn about many cultural and natural aspects, and will be inspired by the ideas of diverse generations of cultural heritage inheritors during this 3 day visit.

The tentative programme will be as follows:


Day1: Friday, 2 August 2019  

6:00 hrs.  

The group meets at Don Mueang International Airport, Terminal 2 at Nok Air
Counter row no. 14 - 15

7:15 hrs.

Depart to Lampang by Nok Air Flight DD8506 

8:35 hrs.

Arrive at Lampang Airport
Breakfast in Lampang province, and then proceed to Amphoe Long in Phrae province

11:00 hrs.

Arrive at Komol Pha Boraan Museum (the museum of ancient textiles of Acharn
Komol Panichpan) in Amphoe Long


Lunch at Acharn Komol’s museum


Visit Wat Phra That Si Don Kham, and a Karen agricultural and textile weaving village, Baan Mae Jong Fai, visit Chalong Sin Photo Studio and have a coffee break
Visit Baan Pin, a unique train station designed by a German engineer built in 1914


Travel to Amphoe Muang Phrae
Check-in at Huernnana Boutique Hotel

Dinner at a local restaurant 


Day 2: Saturday, 3 August 2019

7:00 hrs.

Breakfast at the hotel 

9:00 hrs.

Meet and discuss with Khun Wuttikrai Phathong, a founder of “The Active Generation of Phrae Family” at Charoenrasdr School. He will lead us to visit two old missionary houses to be conserved in the compound of the school and Phrae Christian Hospital, which the whole compound was the first Christian Church of Phrae. After that, explore the heritage buildings in the old town of Phrae by bus


Lunch at a local restaurant          


Visit Wat Jom Sawan, Khum Chao Luang Museum, the former residence of the final Prince of Phrae, built in 1892 with a mixture of Thai and European architectural style,   and Wongburi House Museum, a beautiful two-story teak house built in 1900, transformed into a museum by the last prince of Phrae


Take a walk at the Kard Kong Kao Saturday Night Market, which is just in front of the museum.


Dinner at a local restaurant


Day 3: Sunday, 4 August 2019

7:00 hrs.

Breakfast at the hotel


Check-out and leave the hotel to visit the Ancient City Wall of Phrae
Visit Former School of Forestry


Lunch at a local restaurant


Meet with “Phrae Craft”, a group of young craftsmen who make organic indigo dyeing at Keaw Wanna Indigo

15:00 hrs.

Leave for Phrae Airport

15:30 hrs.

Arrive at Phrae Airport   

16:30 hrs.

Depart to Bangkok by Nok Air flight DD 8005

18:00 hrs.

Arrive at Don Mueang International Airport, Terminal 2


The Siam Society reserves the right to change the programme as necessary.


Bt. 18,500 (Bt. 19,500 for non-members) is solicited to cover the cost which includes transportations,
accommodation (two persons per room), 8 meals, entrance fee to museums, and all arrangements to make the trip possible. Single room surcharge Bt. 1,800.

Booking details:

Please pay by cash or cheque (payable to ‘The Siam Society’). Alternatively you can 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. There is a 4% surcharge for credit/debit card payment to cover bank charges. A photocopy of passport or ID card must accompany the booking. Your reservation will be confirmed as soon as the payment in full amount has been made. Please book your place as soon as possible. The Society office is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.

For further information and bookings please contact:

Khun Jarunee Tel.0-2661-6470-3 ext. 204 Fax. 0-2258-3491or e-mail: jarunee@siam-society.org.
Khun Supanut Tel. 0-26616470-3 ext. 506 or e-mail supanut@siam-society.org.