Ban Chiang Travel Guide

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  • Outside Wat Pho Sri Nai Excavation Site
    Outside Wat Pho Sri Nai Excavation Site
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Ban Chiang Things to Do

  • Large Buildings in the Back

    The large buildings in the back were also closed to the public. I could not figure out if this were temporary or permanent. I am guessing they house the artifacts found at the site.

  • Entrance to Ban Chiang Historical Site

    This is the entrance to the museum and historical site. It had not been raining. It happened to be the first day of Songkran (Thai New Year). Everyone is getting splashed, especially farangs like me. See my cultural tips and "Songkran at Ban Chiang" travelogue.

  • Replica of Ban Chiang Dwelling

    This was either a replica of a Ban Chiang village dwelling or maybe a shrine where a monk lived. You can see a replica of the characteristic pottery on display.

  • Grounds at Ban Chiang National Museum

    This was one of the few areas where you could walk around. Maybe things are just being refurbished and there will be more to see when they are finished.

  • Excavation Areas

    When I was there, the excavation areas were being remodeled and were closed to the public. Fortunately, Wat Pho Si Nai is a few blocks away and has a small pit that was open at the time. See my Off the Beaten Path tips.

  • Ban Chiang National Museum

    The small museum in the front was all that was open to the public when I was there. It was built in 1975. You can see everything there in a couple of hours. The primary source of evidence from prehistoric times was pottery burial jars. Admission was 30 baht for foreigners and 10 baht for Thai people.


Ban Chiang Local Customs

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    by AlbuqRay Updated Jun 26, 2004

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    It was the first day of Songkran, the Thai New Year. The tradition is to splash everyone but especially farangs (foreigners). You also get talcum powder on your face. It's really fun. The water feels good in the hot weather. It's hopeless to resist anyway. LOL, this guy had a large garden hose and really soaked me down. See also my "Songkran at Ban Chiang" travelogue.

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Ban Chiang Off The Beaten Path

  • Fancy Building Covering the Pit

    This pit is part of the Ban Chiang World Hertiage site and has a nice building to protect the excavation.

  • Pit at Wat Pho Sri Nai

    It was hard to take a picture with the contrasts of light but different levels were outlined in the pit and artifacts were sitting around in plastic bags. It was a window back 5000 years in time.

  • Wat Pho Sri Nai Excavation Site

    Wat Pho Sri Nai is just a few blocks from the Ban Chiang National Museum. One of the excavation pits is located there. It is a peaceful site and I really enjoyed it there. See also my travelogue on "Wat Pho Sri Nai Monks." They were really friendly and funny.


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