During 12 - 13 September 2007 TAT Region 2 has organized a Travel Through Thailand Educational Tour. Early in the mornig on the 12th of September, two buses full of personnel from TAT, TTT and members of media have left Hua Hin on a tour through Pranburi, Prachuab Khiri Khan, Samut Sakorn, Samut Songkram, Samut Prakarn and Chachoengsao province.
Managing Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand Region 2 Khun Wibul Nimitvanich and Director of TTT Chachoengsao province Khun Benchawan Sunetvorkul have participated in the tour. Both are keen to promote tourism to Thailand's less known provinces.
During the first day on the tour, the group has stopped at Nanthawan Cake House, a place very famous for cakes. Next they have travelled to Samut Prakarn province to visit Erawan Elephant Museum with the three-headed elephant 43.60 meters high. The heavenly elephant Airavata of Hindu mythology is a symbol of the centre of the universe and function symbolically as the spiritual heart of the land. The total cost of the elephant construction was 2,000 million baht. Inside of the elephant is so big, that visitors have to go by lift to the top and can walk down using staircase. The staircase leads to an underground region where Naga (white snake) leaves.
After lunch, the group have visited the Ancient City (Muang Boran). This remarkable museum is a giant scale model of Thailand, with the country's 116 major landmarks built full-scale or in miniature and spread over 800 rais.
It was built over the last 20 years by a local millionaire who has played out his obsession with Thai history on a grand scale.
The following day, the group went to visit Sothornvararam Monastery. This monastery was build over 200 years ago using marble.
Reported by Khun Tuck Dechapanya
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