by the Siam Society under Royal Patronage

Communities's Way of Life on Thailand's Eastern Gateway,Chantaburi-Trat


Communities’ Way of Life on Thailand’s Eastern Gateway

Chantaburi – Trat

Friday – Sunday, 21– 23 August 2015

This trip will be conducted in Thai with a brief summary in English.


Trip Leader

Acharn Sudara Sujachaya
Historian, Writer, and SHT Committee Member

Trat is long known as a province of fantastic natural attractions, but not so for its rich history and cultural heritage. Trat was an important port for Chinese junks in the ancient time and a regional trading hub during Audhaya and Thon Buri periods. Historic evidence in the forms of many ancient artifacts are found in this area. There is also the mural painting in Wat Buppharam, Trat’s most ancient temple. The old town of Trat near Bang Phra Canal reflects the settlement of people in the old days. People of Trat have diverse ethnic backgrounds, namely Chong, Thai-Muslim, Thai-Khmer, Thai-Chinese. They have their own story, culture, tradition, and way of life. Siamese Heritage Trust would like to take you see and to know Trat as it truly is.

Trat is now in transition since it is the government’s designated Special Economic Zone (SEZ) of Thailand. Its infrastructure will be developed and prepared to serve as a perfect gateway to Kamphuchea and Vietnam and to welcome new investment in the near future. You will also explore with us how people of Trat cope with this change, how the communities use and safeguard their cultural resourses for sustainable development. 

Day 1: Friday, 21 August 2015

Visit Chong community at Chang Thun Sub-district, the place of an ethnic group of eastern Thailand. Listen to history of Chong and try gemstones prospecting in the canal, and make a natural dam using local plants, or try massage and spa with local herbs. In the evening, the group will walk through the old town of Trat and stay overnight in town.

Day 2: Saturday, 22 August 2015

Visit a morning market, follow by a visit to new provincial museum. Spend the afternoon in Ban Namchieo community where Muslims, Buddhists, and Chinese have been living peacefully together for a long time. Listen to the community story, see a performance by Muslim youth, and travel by boat to see mangrove forest and fishery. You can also try fishing if you like.  Stay overnight in a resort near mangrove forest.

Day 3: Sunday, 23 August 2015

Visit Wat Buppharam, Trat’s most ancient temple. You will see ancient cultural artifacts in the temple museum, and see fascinating mural paintings by local artists in the chapel. On the way back to Bangkok, the group will stop in Chantaburi to visit Chantabun Riverside Community, where we can learn an interesting model of conservation project with participation of local people, local authority, Arsomsilp Institute, and other organisations. The community has become a learning centre for both local people and visitors. Beside antiques beautiful wooden houses with small local business inside, we will visit the 150-year old heritage home of Luang Rajamaitri which has been renovated by community and stakeholders as a Boutique Hotel.  


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


A contribution of Bt. 9,800 per person (Bt. 10,300 for non-members) is solicited to cover the cost of transportation, accommodation for two nights (two persons per room), entrance fee to museum, communities’ activities, 5 meals, and all arrangement to make this trip possible. An additional sum of Bt. 1,300 is requested for a single room. 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, e-mail the deposit, or transfer docket to us. There is a 4% surcharge for credit/debit card payment to cover bank charges. 

Please book your place as soon as possible. For further information and booking please contact Khun Jarunee (ext. 204) or Khun Prasert (ext. 504) on 0-2661-6470-7, fax 0-2258-3491 or e-mail: jarunee@siam-society.org Office hours: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday (except holidays).