Thai – Burma Railway
Take a memorable ride on the Thai-Burma railway to the infamous ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ and explore the Ban Pong Railway station. Students will then proceed to the Thailand – Burma railway centre which is an interactive museum, which is a research facility dedicated to presenting the history of the railway. This ran 415 km from Ban Pong in Thailand to Thanbuyuzayat in Burma, and was built by the Imperial Japanese Army during the second World War using Allied prisoners of war and Asian labourers. The centre offers the students an educational and moving experience.
Bangkok National Museum
In the former grounds of the 18th Century Wang Na Palace, The Bangkok National Museum houses the largest collection of Thai art and artifacts in the country. The Archaeological and Art History collection showcases items from Thailand’s prehistory to Sukhotahai and Ayutthaya eras right through to the modern Thai Kingdom, including many ancient sculptures, ceramics, clothing and textiles, woodcarving and traditional musical instruments from around Southeast Asia.
Ayutthaya Historical Park
The former capital of Thailand’s Kingdom, Ayutthaya is a glorious archaeological site and a UNESCO World Heritage centre that contains palaces, buddhist temples, monasteries and statues.
Prasat Muang Sing Historical Park
Enjoy the marvellous Khmer temple complex and military outpost which was contructed during the Lopburi period from 1157 – 1207.
The Jim Thompson House
The Jim Thompson House is the home of James H.W. Thompson, a self-made American businessman entrepreneur who was the founder of the world renowned Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company. Thompson’s achievements in revitalising the Thai silk industry from extinction in the 1950s and 1960s, was one of the most famous Americans living in Asia. Students will enjoy a guided tour of the Jim Thompson House which consists of a complex of six traditional Thai-style houses, teak structures that were purchased from several owners and brought to the present location from various parts of Thailand. Construction of the Thai house was completed in 1959.