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Uthai Thani


What :

Though close to Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok, Uthai Thani is well of the beaten path and a cultural stronghold barely touched by western influences.

Wat Khao Wong is hidden in the jungles, and the wood carved monastery is one of the most unique temples to be found in Thailand. Forgoing the usual regal gold and orange color scheme common to Thai temples, Wat Khao Wong’s exterior is simple untreated wood. The temple’s lush grounds are more reminiscent of a garden with numerous flowering plants blooming among verdant greenery. The inside of the temple also lacks the standard gold finery so common in Thai temples as all the furniture and decorations are carved from unprocessed wood, and the meditation chambers used by the resident monks are simple rain-cut caves in the hillside around the monastery.

Huai Kha Khaen Wildlife Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage site that protects dozens of endangered species in pristine jungles surprisingly untouched by its proximity to Bangkok. Treks are popular excursions on Thailand tours here, and visiting the Karen hill tribes that live in the more remote areas is a worthy addition to any itinerary.

When :

Uthai Thani’s monsoon rains come June through October, and the best weather for the province falling between November and January. The highest temperatures are March through May.

Where :

The capital of Uthai Thani Province, the southernmost area of Northern Thailand, Utha Thani is best reached by private vehicle departing from Bangkok.

Who :

With an off-the-beaten-path reputation, and little Western influence, Uthai Thani is a wonderful stop on the road north to Chiang Mai that gives a taste of real Thai life.

Appropriate Attire :

Western-wear is fine in town, but if your plans have you visiting any of the numerous temples in the province’s lush jungles, it’s best to dress modestly by covering shoulders, arms, and knees while on holy ground in keeping with Buddhist traditions of modesty.

Guest Reviews :


Jason & Cindy Burgess - October 2013

My family and I took a two week long tour of Thailand with Easy Tours of Thailand and the trip truly could not have been any better.

Our guide was very personable, knowledgeable, and her English was excellent. In addition to offering a unique and local perspective throughout the tour, we were completely at ease with her and felt that she truly wanted to make our experience the best it could possibly be.

The private driver and vehicle that was set up for us was also excellent. I knew prior to our trip that it would probably be best to reserve this type of service during our travels, but I had no idea how invaluable this ended up being for us. He maneuvered through crowded streets and unexpected roadblocks with ease, and knew which areas to avoid driving through and efficient alternative routes. To top it off, the vehicle was always very clean, air conditioned, and there were cold drinks waiting for us after visiting a site.

The tour itself was completely tailored to what we wanted to see and what our interests are with assistance from their U.S Sales Office prior to arriving in Bangkok. They provided a day by day itinerary for us which was great, but the best part was having the freedom to change things as needed, or make unexpected stops to explore, as the tour unfolded.

I would definitely use this company again if we go back to Thailand.



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