by the Siam Society under Royal Patronage




Tracing the Tale of Two Hiotoric Towns
via Heritage Protection Programmes


Thursday 24 – Sunday 27, September 2015
Trip Leader: Khun Pimpraphai Bisalputra
Historian, Author, and SHT Committee Member


Within Southeast Asia, Penang is the exemplar of a town whose remarkable preservation was actively guided by the town’s inhabitants. Registered as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008, Penang has a cultural landscape that boasts over 4,000 colonial buildings where different cultures coexist and flourish. 250 kilometers away, Songkhla aspires to achieve the status of its southern neighbour. The town was an important port during Ayudhaya period. Its old quarter comprises the old city wall, wooden Chinese shophouses, and buildings in Sino-Portuguese and Art Deco styles. The tangible heritage sites have been preserved and revitalized with cultural activities and street art jointly organised by local government and the civil society.

These two historic towns share a common spirit of people trying to balance development and conservation while safeguarding their heritage. Siamese Heritage Trust welcomes you to join our visits to heritage sites in these two towns, to learn from like-minded cultural organisations—Songkhla Heritage Trust and Penang Heritage Trust—about their conservation experiences.

Besides the conservation aspect, our trip leader, Khun Pimpraphai Bisalputra, an author and Siamese Heritage Trust committee member, will provide a historical background, explaining the role of Chinese communities that fostered the age-old relationships between Bangkok, Songkhla, and Penang (Thai–Malay).


The tentative programme is given below:-


Thursday 24 September 2015

08:20 a.m. Meet at Don Mueang International Airport, check-in counter for Nok Air Flight
09:20 a.m. Depart to Hat-Yai
10:45 a.m.   Arrive Hat Yai International Airport and proceed to Koh Yor by vans
Noon Have lunch at Sirada Restaurant on Koh Yor
--    Visit The Thaksin Folklore Museum at Koh Yor and Songkhla National Museum
4:00 p.m.  Meeting with Songkhla Heritage Trust, a local network for safeguarding Songkhla old town and visit interesting places in the old town lead by Songkhla Heritage Trust
Evening     Dinner at Tae Hieng Iew, a famous local restaurant in the old town
9:00 p.m. Check-in at BP Smila Beach Hotel & Resort


Friday 25 September 2015

6:00 a.m.

Breakfast at the hotel

7:00 a.m.

Depart the hotel to Penang by vans, crossing Thai – Malaysia border   Passport check at Sadao Immigration Checkpoint
11:00 a.m

Arrive in Penang
Visit Fort Cornwallis where Captain Francis Light landed in 1786


Lunch at a local Penang restaurant or buffet lunch at the colonial style
Eastern & Oriental Hotel

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Visit the Blue Mansion (Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion) and Suffolk House
Check-in at a hotel in Penang

6:00 p.m.

Peranakan dinner at a local restaurant

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Visit Clan Jetties and Chinese heritage night walking tour in George Town


Saturday  26 September 2015
8:00 a.m.  Breakfast at the hotel
9:00 a.m.     Visit Penang Museum
10:30 – 12:30 a.m.

PHT walking tour “Street of Harmony & Historical Enclaves”, visit Kuan Im Temple, Kapitan Keling Mosque, Yap Kongsi, The historical Enclave along Armenian Street, Dr. Sun Yat sen Penang base, Penang Islamic Museum Acheen Street Malay Mosque

Noon Having local Peranakan Nyonya cuisine at Ivy’s Nyonya Restaurant
Afternoon  Visit Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Visit Penang Heritage Trust, listen to a brief introduction and presentation
Evening Dinner at 32 at the mansion, fusion restaurant, sea front
-- Enjoy Khoo Kongsi Clan Temple cultural show
  Night market at Armenian Street


Sunday  27 September 2015
7:30 a.m. Breakfast at the hotel
8:30 a.m. Visit Sunday crafts market at Beach Street, Carpenters Guild,
11:00 a.m.   Visit Hainanese Mariners Lodge and meet with Japanese Artist Hitori Nakayama who resides in the building
Noon Lunch at Hainanese Delights Restaurant in 1926 Heritage Hotel 
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Visit the old Christian cemetery
--   Depart the hotel for the airport
6:55 p.m.  Depart from Penang to Bangkok with Air Asia Flight FD402
7:45 p.m.   Arrive at Don Mueang International Airport, Bangkok


The Siam Society reserves the right to change the programmes as necessary.
To initiate this programme a minimum of15 participants will be required.



Bt. 36,500 (Bt. 39,500 for non members). Single room surchargeBt. 6,000. There is a 4% surcharge for
credit/debit card payment to cover bank charges. A deposit of Bt. 15,000 and photocopy of
passport must accompany the booking. Payment in full is required one month before the start of
the trip (i.e. by Tuesday 25 August 2015.) Please pay by cash or cheque payable to ‘The Siam Society’.
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 email 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 contribution includes airfares by Nok Air, Air Asia, ground transportation in Songkhla and
Penang, 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners, accommodation for two persons per room, entrance fees,
gratuities and other costs incurred to make this trip possible. It excludes visa fee to Malaysia (if any),
personal expenses, etc.


Cancellation charge:
Cancellation after booking:                                           Deposit forfeited
14 days before the start of the trip:                               30% of the tour cost
13-10 days before the start of the trip:                          50% of the tour cost
Less than 10 days or cancellation without notice:            No refund


Booking details:
Your booking will not be confirmed until deposit payment has been received.

Please book your place as soon as possible. Please supply a copy of your passport with your booking.
For further information and bookings please contact Khun Prasert or Khun Jarunee Tel.0-2661-6470-3
Fax. 0-258-3401 or email: jarunee@siam-society.org.

The Society office is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.




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