Ban Song Thai homestay in Plai Phongpang, Samut Songkhram has one-night accommodation and a half-board package every day. The programme includes watching the fireflies in the evening on the first day, then offering food to monks next morning and a side trip along the Mae Klong river. The afternoon river ride starts from the Bang Kung Camp, a military camp of King Taksin the Great, a beautiful Thai garden as well as a visit to the museum to honour King Rama II. An overnight stay plus meals costs 400 baht per person. The boat trip along the Mae Klong costs 300 baht per boat _ 800 baht for a 12-seater. A small four-seat boat costs 300 baht for the firefly watching trip. For reservations, call Thawat Boonpat, at (01) 403-7907, or (01) 554-1065. Visiting on long weekends is not recommended unless you like crowds.
An armada of long-boat racing teams from all over the country are expected to converge on the Nan river to participate in the Lanna Boat Races from Oct 6-7. The opening ceremony involves several Thai-style long-boats, decorated with glitter and garlands and lightweight reproductions of local temple buildings. Also, they will all be adorned with a carved dragon's head on the prow and bright bands of cloth. The competitions comprise three categories according to the number of participants.
For more information please call the TAT Northern Office, Region 2, at 053 - 717- 433, 744-674-5.
River rafting Prachin Buri Travel Guide
Rafting season is getting a good start at Hin Phoeng Rapids in Prachin Buri. From July 4-8, the river is expected to be gushing currents good enough for wet-and-wild rafting. This year's rafting season has arrives later than usual due to a minor drought. The toughest rapids can be found nestled in the forest perimeter of Khao Yai National Park in Nadee district. Travellers making their way to the site by car should hike in another 2km to reach the starting point at the top of the river. The 15-minute journey over fierce water is enough to thrill even seasoned rafters. Apart from rafting, travellers may opt to visit other nearby sites, such as Thap Lan National Park or the Abhaibhubet Gothic-style museum where therapeutic massage is on offer. For more details on how to go, call the TAT office in Nakhon Nayok at (037) 312-282, 312-284.