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Festivals in Thailand are numerous, some are unique to the "Phu" and others are just Thai. They normally have there roots in Buddhism teaching, such as the “Bung Fai” day. (Rocket Festival). Rocket day can only be described as amazing, dangerous and simply exciting. It is in fact held over three days. All over Isaan you will find Rocket Festivals of different sizes. Our local one is held in “Ban Kutwah” ten minutes from our village. The first day is very full and starts with a street carnival. Many floats and dancing parades come down the road to the beat of local music. It is something to see, I can tell you. Imagine big trucks full of boys and girl bands belting out very loud local music using there own amplified musical instruments, followed by a stream of dancers in unison to the music. Then followed by huge floats depicting the mythological stories associated with “Bung Fai”. This carnival goes on all day and into the night. The next day is “Rocket launch day” Out into the Paddies go the rocketeers. Youth from local villages going to compete to see whose rocket will stay up the longest. These are NOT toys, these are homemade monsters, some weighing in at 2 tonne and carried onto the launch pad by 8 or 9 people. Imagine a Catherine wheel laying on its side, (yes, like a UFO) The audience holding its breath some 500 metres away. The green flag goes up to give the all clear and two rocketeers will light the fuses. WHOOSH!!! As the boys run for cover up she goes, the crowds cheering it on, up, up, and away. However as they say, “What goes up”! the crowds watch to see the way the wind is blowing and get ready to make a run for it if the remnants start heading there way. This day is not without its dramas and danger. Some rockets explode on the ground, some as low as 20 metres of the ground. It is amazing to see a tonne of gunpowder explode like that. I have attached a movie of one exploding to give you and idea. However, for the audience 500 metres away it is safe.

 

The rockets keep on coming all day and the next. Whilst all this is going on there is a fair ground atmosphere happening in other parts of the village. There are stalls selling drinks and food, bumper cars and side shows even a house of mirrors. It is one very memorable day. This year I had with me two guests from the Resort. John and Norma came especially for Rocket Day. They are still talking about it, “It was amazing” said john. “Can you imagine this ever happening in England” I for one can’t imagine it anywhere else but Isaan.

 

Festivals seem to have been an invention of the Thais, if there’s an excuse for one then the Thais will have it. They just like to party seriously.

If your serious about visiting us during a Festival then contact me by email [email protected]

 

SUGGESTED TOURS

7 Day Rocket Festival Tour

Day one

 Pick up at Khon Kaen Airport at 19.40pm. Two hour drive back to Resort. Arrive 21.40 for well deserved rest. Maybe a hot chocolate.

 Cost: room “Chalet” 1500bht including Breakfast for two (Option “Villa” 700 bht inc breakfast)

Pick up at airport 3000bht including petrol.

 

 Day Two

This is “Carnival Day”

Breakfast poolside at 8am followed by a tour of our farm and forest.

11am a short drive to Ban Kutwah to get a good position to view the Parade. This starts at approx 12 noon. You can hear it coming, big trucks loaded up with bands playing a mixture of new and old music, all with a foot tapping rhythm. The trucks are followed by long processions of dancers all dressed in traditional “Phu Thai” clothing, absolutely beautiful. The dancers are then followed by the most amazing floats. The parade goes on for two hours or more so there is time for a lunch and maybe a beer at many of the side walk venues. We return to the Resort at 4 pm for a swim or relax at the Bar.

Dinner at 7pm

Cost: Dinner for two 300bht Approx

Room: 1500bht (Inc breakfast)

The Carnival: 1000 bht per person includes lunch and soft drinks 

 

Day Three

This is “Rocket Day”

Ready for breakfast at 8am and then a short drive (15 minutes) to Ban Kutwah, our venue for today’s activities. We will spend the day at Kutwah, see the rockets zoom off into the blue yonder and generally laugh ourselves crazy. Arrive back home for our evening meal.

 

Cost: Dinner for two 300bht Approx (depending on the dish)

Room 1500bht (Inc breakfast)

Rocket Day: 1000 bht per person Inc lunch and soft drinks

 

Day Four

A little more relaxed. Get up when you feel like it, and have breakfast when you’re ready. Then off to Kutwah for more of the same until lunch time.

12.30pm we will leave for lunch at the Prawn Farm, this is a very special meal, Noi and Pumpkin will join us. Back to the resort or if you feel full of energy, back to Kutwah.

Dinner at 7pm

Cost: Lunch 500bht Maximum (for two) plus drinks.

Room 1500bht (Inc breakfast)

Dinner for two 300bht plus drinks

 

Day Five

Breakfast when you’re ready but not too late as we plan for a foraging trip with “Darwin” and Noi. Back for lunch and then some free time, maybe a visit to Mukdahan?

Dinner at 7pm

Cost: room 1500bht (Inc breakfast)

Lunch 500 bht for two

Dinner 300 bht for two

 

Day Six

Ready for breakfast at 8 am. Depart the Resort at 10am (approx) head toward Mukdahan and then Nakhon Phanom. Stay the night in Nakhon. On the way we shall stop at a variety of places of interest, “That Phanom”, Mekong river roast pork lunch and more.

Costs: the room for tonight is approx 1500bht in a nice hotel on the river bank. Meal costs pay as we go but about the same as our resort (as a guide line)

Transport 3000bht (excluding petrol) includes drivers room costs and meals.

 

Day Seven

Up for a long drive to Nong Khai. Lots to see on the way. We should arrive late afternoon. Check in at a nice hotel on the river, next to the market. Meal on the river boat tonight.

Costs: Transport 3000bht (excluding Petrol) includes drivers room and costs.

 

Day 7  22/5/2012

Sometime to be spent in Nong Khai at the “sculpture Park” and Temple.

Then a drive toward Udon Thani, leaving Nong Khai about 2pm. A four hour scenic drive to Khon Kaen to catch an evening flight to Bangkok

Costs: Transport 3000bht (excluding petrol)

Video and Pictures of "Rocket Day"

 

The Rocket that went wrong!!! 

More pictures of "Rocket Day"

"This is Houston. We have lift off"

 

A couple of "Rocketeer" losers. Dumped in a mud pool for the effort.

(yes, they are wearing skirts)

 

Surin Elephant Tours

Option 1 Elephant Round Up Mid November

 

We have very limited space on this once a year festival. This silk producing  Isaan town of  Surin is host to this amazing event. The round up is steeped in history and is very colourful.  The forested area bordering Thailand and Cambodia is the domain of Suay, a tribe of Elephant catchers. They were much in demand at the beginning of the 20th century to catch wild Elephants that worked to establish the emerging farms and logging in the area. The festival and shows are held in the Surin Stadium from the 3rd week of November.

 

Day One

 

8am. An early full breakfast at the resort.

9.30 Be ready for our departure by mini coach. Today we will drive to Surin. We will stop for lunch at a small village called Ban Tha Klang, or “Elephant village” this is a Suay settlement. Today is just a short stop as most of the Elephants are in Surin town. After lunch we head a further 60 kilometers to arrive at our hotel for the night. The afternoon will be spent at the Stadium to watch the re enactments and special shows with over 100 Elephants.

Tonight we have free, there is lots of night life in the area if you want to kick up your heels.

 

Day Two

 

8.30am Breakfast at the Hotel then a short drive to the stadium. A full day of Elephant excitement. Lunch at the stadium and then a visit to the Elephant Museum. Tonight we can go to the”Night Market” or head to the entertainment area for another night on the town. (Or both).

 

Day Three

 

8.30am Breakfast at the Hotel. Today we drive toward the border of Cambodia and Thailand. About 60 kilometers south of Surin we arrive at Phnom Rung, the site of a Khmer Temple. Similar to Angkor Wat and built at the same period this magnificent building is no ruin. The site is well maintained and in pristine condition. We will lunch in the ground.

 

After lunch we will take a 3 hour scenic drive back to the Resort.

 

Option 2 The Elephant and Temple tour

 

This tour runs all year round. We will be away for 3 days 2 nights.

 

Day One

 

8.30 am Breakfast at Thai House Resort.

9.30 Be ready for our departure by mini coach. Today we will drive to Surin. We will stop at a small village called Ban Tha Klang, or “Elephant village” this is a Suay settlement. Here is where the Elephants are trained and kept during the months prior to the “round up”. After a lunch at the village you can take a ride on an Elephant and see them eat. It is then a further 60 kilometers to Surin and our hotel for the night. Tonight we have free, there is lots of night life in the area if you want to kick up your heels. Or you may want to visit the vibrant night market.

 

Day 2

 

9.00 am Breakfast at the Hotel. We will visit the Elephant museum that displays many of the accessories used by the Suay to capture the Elephants. We can also visit the bustling morning market.

11.00 am Today drive toward the border of Cambodia and Thailand. About 60 kilometers south of Surin we arrive at Phnom Rung, the site of a Khmer Temple. Similar to Angkor Wat and built at the same period this magnificent building is no ruin. The site is well maintained and in pristine condition. We will lunch in the grounds.

 

After lunch we will head for Buriram and visit the Isaan Culture Centre. Tonight we stay at Buriram.

 

Day 3

 

9.00am Breakfast at the hotel and then depart for our way back to the Thai House resort. On our drive we can stop at villages to view handicrafts and take a peep first hand at Isaan culture. Lunch at a small village and then arrive back for pre-dinner drinks and a re-cap of the tour.

 

Tour Costs

 

Cost per person.(minimum 2 people)

 

Option 1 15000 bht per person

 

Option 2 15000 bht per person              

 

Includes

 

All hotels after our departure from “Thai House Resort”

All entrance fees

All transport ( petrol extra)

All guiding

All taxes (if required)

 

(Meals extra) Please note you need to book this tour at least 6 months ahead and will need to be confirmed.

 

 

 

   Khmer Temple at Phnon Rung Thailand

Elephant crossing near Surin Thailand

 

 "Big Boy" at the "Elephant Village" 

 

 
Thai House Special Holiday Package

 

On arrival "Day One"

Meet and Greet on “The Deck”. Complimentary drinks and an overview of our "Phu Thai" Culture and how "Thai House" fits into the village. If you are not  tired we can take a stroll around the area and get aquainted with the locals. Back to freshen up before an Isaan Thai dinner.


Costs


Room 1500 bht (double) “Chalet villa”

Meal for two, Approximate 400 bht including drinks.

Day 2


Up early (7.00 am) for a big Western breakfast (Egg Bacon, the works) served on "The Deck"


Departure time 10am. We are going to visit ThailandsJurassic Park” Arrival at 11.30  “Jurassic Park” (Siriporn Museum) Lunch at the Museum then a short drive to "Wat Nimit" just amazing! onthe way home we will stop at Phu Faek national park to view the dinosaur footprints.

 

Tonights dinner will be prepared by you. (with Nois help) We shall sample two

receipes of “Phu Thai” cuisine. A copy of which is in English to make things easier.

Dinner

 

Pre dinner drinks on "The Deck"


Followed by Your very own cooked "Isaan Meal"

 

Cost

 

Room 1500 bht

English breakfast for two 200bht
Meal for two (Approximate). 400 bht including drinks.
Tour  1500 bht per person (minimum 2 people) (includes Lunch) excludes drinks and dinner.

Day 3

Up early for a big Western breakfast (Egg Bacon, the works) served on "The Deck". Then relax for an hour or go for a stroll.

 

Day Tour


We depart at 9am. 1 hour drive to the Indochina Market on the banks of the Mekong at Mukdahan.  Maybe purchase some local handicrafts. We then visit a cultural museum to learn more about the local tribes and there customs.  Followed by Lunch at the “Riverside restaurant”. Sample local cuisine at its best, overlooking the Mekong with views to Lao.

Drive back to the village.

Pre Dinner Drinks on the “The Deck”

Dinner

Thai cuisine

Cost


Room 1500 bht

English Breakfast for two 200 bht

Meal for two (Approximate)  400 bht including drinks.

Tour  1500 bht per person (minimum 2 people(includes Lunch) excludes drinks.

Day 4

Up early for a big Western breakfast (Egg Bacon, the works) served on “The Deck”. Then relax for an hour or go for a stroll.

 

Today can be spent with Noi  foraging for herbs in the forest, preparing them and cooking different very local dishes.  There will be some unusual ingredients including Bamboo, Frogs, unseen herbs and spices. Bring your hiking shoes the terrain is tough.

 

Lunch is “very Phu Thai”  

Optional Day Tour

Mini Coach pick up at 9am. A beautiful drive through the villages and countryside to visit the magnificent  Pahnaamyoi Temple. This temple has been in the building stages for 25 years, it was originally commissioned by the Royal family and is an amazing sight. Then a short drive to a Local open air restaurant  for lunch.

Back to the Resort for a true Thai cooking lesson. Noi will help you cook your own Thai meal for dinner tonight

Pre Dinner Drinks on the “The Deck”

Dinner tonight is definitely Thai.


Costs
 
Room 1500 bht

English Breakfast for two 200 bht

Dinner for two (Aprox) 400 bht including drinks.

Tour 1500 bht per person (minimum 2 people) includes lunch.

                                    Phanom Yoi Temple

Thai House "day tours" from the village

Day Tour "A"

 

Dinosaur Tour


Departure time 10am. We head first to Phu Faek national park to view the famous dinosaur footprints and spend 1 hour at this beautiful park. Next a 35 minute drive to the Temple Wat Nimit. This is a special experience and not likely to be seen again. Its only 5 minutes from lunch at the Dinosaur Museum

known locally as Jurrassic Park. We spend as much time as needed here and then a casual drive back to Thai House.

Tonights dinner will be local cuisine of larb and somtu

 Costs

Room 1500 bht at the Chalet or 700 bht (Villa room)

Meal for two (Approximate). 400 bht including drinks.

Tour  1500 bht per person (includes Lunch) excludes drinks. (minimum two people)

 

Day Tour "B"

Mekong River Tour

We depart at 9am. 1 hour drive to the Indochina Market on the banks of the Mekong at Mukdahan.  Maybe purchase some local handicrafts. We then visit a cultural museum to learn more about the local tribes and there customs.  Followed by Lunch at the “Riverside restaurant”. Sample local cuisine at its best, overlooking the Mekong with views to Lao.

We then visit a local produce market and select fish for our evening meal.  Now a 50 minute drive back to the Guesthouse.

Pre Dinner Drinks at the "Monkey Bar"

Dinner

A fish meal prepared by Noi.

Costs

Room 1500 bht at the Chalet or 700 bht (Villa room)

Meal for two (Approximate)  400 bht including drinks.

Tour  1500 bht per person (includes Lunch) excludes drinks.  (Minimum two people)

 

 Day Tour "C"

Village and Temple Tour

Leave the Guesthouse at 10.00am for a beautiful drive through the villages. Our first stop is "Ban Phu". This Phu Thai village has demonstrations of Handicrafts including weaving in cotton and wood carving. We will then drive on through the  countryside to visit the magnificent  Phanom yoi Temple. This temple has been in the building stages for 35 years, and was originally commissioned by the Queen. It is an amazing sight, surrounded by beautiful  gardens this 9 level Chedi has many features to see. Then a short drive to a Local open air restaurant  for lunch. We then visit the parks large Ponds to feed the many large fish by hand. After the fish feeding we proceed to Wat Phu Cho Ko. A shrine to a famous Monk.

Back to the Resort for a true Thai cooking lesson. Noi will help you cook your own Thai meal for dinner tonight

Pre Dinner Drinks around the "Monkey Bar". Dinner tonight is definitely Thai.

 

  Beautiful Temple "Wat PhanomYoi"

 Costs
 
Room 1500 bht Chalet or  700bht (Villa room)

Dinner for two (Aprox)400 bht including drinks.

Tour 1500 bht per person (includes Lunch) excludes drinks. 

Day Tour "D"

Trek with the Dinosaurs tour.

We leave the Guesthouse at 10.00 am for a 40 minute drive to "Phu Faek' National Park. This beautiful protected forest is the site of an amazing set of Dino footprints. Our first stop in the park is a shrine to a forest "goddess" Yao Bao. We then drive deeper into the park to arrive at the rangers camp and view some information on the Park. It is only 500 meters from here that we come across a "creek" with the strange Footprints of a Dinosaur making its way up stream. You can easely imagine the creature chasing its victim. After this we start our 4 kilometer Trek. It is so beautiful. The walk is not a challenge and Children can come. At a forest glade we stop for a picnic lunch and then proceed to the exit for a drive back to the Guesthouse.

  The trek in the park

  Get ready to run!!

  One of the amazing "Footprints"


Costs
 
Room 1500 bht or  700bht (Villa room)

Dinner for two (Aprox)400 bht including drinks.

Tour 1500 bht per person (includes Lunch) excludes drinks.

3 to 4 Day/night Tours out from "Thai House"

We have been developing interesting Tours out from "Thai House". The following programs can be modified to fit your own interests.

South East Isaan

Day One

Depart "Thai House" at 10am and head toward Mukdahan. We will stop at Mukdahan for coffee and visit the Indochina Market. After this break we will travel to Amnat Charion for lunch. On the way to our first evening stop we will visit a beautiful Temple in a small village surrounded by Paddy Fields. Then on to our overnight stop at "Pahna" We stay at the "Phana Resort" and our evening meal will be at the local village eatery, Isaan style. A busy day so not a late night. (Unless you want to!)

Day two

We leave early from "Phana" and arrive in "Khong Jiam" for breakfast Thai Style. Today can be spent lazing around the beautiful swimming pool at "Tohsang Khong Jiam Resort" or getting to know the area. Khong Jiam is located by the banks of the Mekong and Moon Rivers. It is "unseen" Thailand. Small eateries line the banks of the rivers offering fish from the Mekong and Moon. It is easy to get around here, you can't get lost and the locals always welcome a visitor. Tonight we eat at the "Cafe De Khong" This is the Resort restaurant and you will sample the best cuisine of the area. Simply delicious. After dinner, if you are ready to party, you may want to also sample the local lively bars.

Day Three

After a big breakfast at the Resort be ready for our departure at 10am. Today we will travel to Ubon Ratchatani. This Isaan city is a modern bustling Mecca. Full of markets, Supastores and a very lively Night Life. The alternative to this part of the Tour is to head further South close to the border of Cambodia and Thailand. We can visit many "Unseen" Thailand places of interest including Khmer Temple sites and forest waterfalls. We would then drive to Ubon for a nights rest before a departure back to the "Thai House" Guesthouse.

Cost

Single person 4 Days 3 Nights   15300 Bht (includes accommodation, transport, breakfast and guiding)

Couple 17100 Bht

 

 The Mekong River at Khong Jian

 The pool at "Tohsang Khong Jiam Resort"

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Tours Development

"Thai House" really wants our Guests and Friends to experience a unique holiday when visiting us. It is with this in mind that we continue to develop and improve on our tours. It is fun for Noi and I to discover new venues and sites to show our Guests. We now have a better understanding of the richness that Isaan has in Dinosaur Fossils. We have added more to this fun tour and now include Wat Nimit, a truly amazing Temple located only 5 minutes from the Dinosaur Museum. Here are some pictures taken on tour. For further information please send me a message from this site or email me.

The Dinosaur Footprint. This amazing find is located at "Phu faek" national park, only 35 minutes from "Thai House" It is part of our "Walk with the Dinosaurs" tour

a model of the Dinosaur foot that made the print.


Inside the amazing wat Nimit Temple.


Our friend and Guest Hans G Normann has taken many wonderful pictures of Isaan. He has now established a Photo gallery website. Please go take a look at this very interesting site. He also took shots of Wat Nimit. Go to (Click Here)

Isaan Captured

Thank you Gerhard and Lek for your visit to "Thai House".

And thank you for the permission to display these wonderful pictures of Isaan. They say it all.Please go to the following link.

http://www.thaihouse-isaan.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=6712951

Isaan Captured 2

By popular demand we are displaying more of those wonderful Isaan pictures by "Gerhard Veer" Thankyou Gerhard for sharing these well captured pictures.


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Tour Transport

Thai House-Isaan has a 7 seater Pajero cruiser. Now you can travel in comfort on tours and pick-ups from the Airport etc., Sit back and watch a movie, or relax and listen to music in airconditioned comfort.

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