Thailand Painting Holidays

paint on the banks of the Mekong River

A wonderful combination of painting tuition and Thai culture in a small guest house on the banks of the Mekong River at Phon Phisai in NE Thailand.  During the dry cool months of October to January each year the guesthouse provides a combination of painting tuition and Thai rural culture experience to 4 guests each week.

The visits are individually tailored to provide the level of tuition and Thai experience that each visitor seeks.  This website contains details of the tuition, experiences and facilities together with prices and booking facilities. 

 

Trips around remote rural Thailand to experience Thai culture and village life

We take our guests on trips to visit many locations in NE Thailand and Laos

Map of Day Trips from Thailand Painting Holidays (opens in new tab)

For local trips during your holiday we have a motorised rickshaw 

Thailand Painting Holidays motorised rickshaw for our guests

Thailand Painting Holidays motorised rickshaw for our guests

It's a lot of fun for driving around town especially in the cool season when it's dry and mild

For local trips we  use a 4wd, a pickup or a mini bus depending on the requirement

Places to visit during your painting holiday

Our guests have a choice of trips.  We provide transport and accompany our guests as locations are often hard to find and the locals don't understand English.  These are some of the places we take you to by car or minibus.

Sala Kaew Ku is a strange sculpture park in Nong Khai and is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Thailand.  The sculptures are huge and mysterious combining Buddhism and Hinduism.  Our guests get good luck from their birth animals, have their fortune told, feed thousands of huge jostling fish in the lakes, sound a variety of gongs, see the embalmed body of Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat and are fascinated by the huge sculptures.  Click for more.

Sala Kaew Ku is a strange sculpture park in Nong Khai and is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Thailand.  The sculptures are huge and mysterious combining Buddhism and Hinduism.  Our guests get good luck from their birth animals, have their fortune told, feed thousands of huge jostling fish in the lakes, sound a variety of gongs, see the embalmed body of Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat and are fascinated by the huge sculptures.  Click for more.

Wat Pho Chai is a beautiful  temple and the most important in Nong Khai.  The walls and ceiling are covered in murals.    A monk will bless you and throw holy water over you to give you luck.  You can donate and receive a certificate for a square metre of land for the Wat.   There are buddhist fortune telling sticks and much more.  Click to read.

Wat Pho Chai is a beautiful  temple and the most important in Nong Khai.  The walls and ceiling are covered in murals.    A monk will bless you and throw holy water over you to give you luck.  You can donate and receive a certificate for a square metre of land for the Wat.   There are buddhist fortune telling sticks and much more.  Click to read.

There are many waterfalls to visit but as we are open during the dry season the flow tends to be low.  However the surrounding countryside is wild and magnificent. We travel to some waterfalls by boat through the jungle

There are many waterfalls to visit but as we are open during the dry season the flow tends to be low.  However the surrounding countryside is wild and magnificent. We travel to some waterfalls by boat through the jungle

Phu Wua WIldlife Reserve is famous for its elephants

Phu Wua WIldlife Reserve is famous for its elephants

 

 

 

Wat Phu Tok is beautiful, mysterious and spectacular.  Few foreigners visit.  There are lovely lakes and a climb to the rickety buildings where the monks honour buddha and meditate.  The steps are difficult and you feel that some of the wooden pathways are about to collapse beneath you, but if you are adventurous enough to make the climb the rewards make it very worthwhile.  There are also waterfalls in the area. Click for more detail. 

Wat Phu Tok is beautiful, mysterious and spectacular.  Few foreigners visit.  There are lovely lakes and a climb to the rickety buildings where the monks honour buddha and meditate.  The steps are difficult and you feel that some of the wooden pathways are about to collapse beneath you, but if you are adventurous enough to make the climb the rewards make it very worthwhile.  There are also waterfalls in the area. Click for more detail. 

Pa Kham Chanot is a magic place of huge trees and jungle on an island surrounded by ricefields and water.  There is a great feeling of presence and mystery here, which is enhanced by the strange wailing of the gongs  Sometimes you can buy cages of birds and buckets of live fish, frogs, lizards to let free and gain merit from your action.  Click for more.

Pa Kham Chanot is a magic place of huge trees and jungle on an island surrounded by ricefields and water.  There is a great feeling of presence and mystery here, which is enhanced by the strange wailing of the gongs  Sometimes you can buy cages of birds and buckets of live fish, frogs, lizards to let free and gain merit from your action.  Click for more.

Ban Pho,Waree's village  Our guests love to visit Ban Pho and experience Thai rural life.  There are always interesting things going on in the village and if you look at the menu of this site under Activities you will see some of the many possibilities.  As this is not a tourist village we cannot be sure what will be happening when we take you there but those guests who look will always find something to treasure when they return home. If you click on the image it will show you the village and Waree's relatives.  If you would like to see a slideshow of some of the activities follow this link.

Ban Pho,Waree's village  Our guests love to visit Ban Pho and experience Thai rural life.  There are always interesting things going on in the village and if you look at the menu of this site under Activities you will see some of the many possibilities.  As this is not a tourist village we cannot be sure what will be happening when we take you there but those guests who look will always find something to treasure when they return home.

If you click on the image it will show you the village and Waree's relatives.  If you would like to see a slideshow of some of the activities follow this link.

High in the mountains above the Mekong River northwest of Nong Khai there is a lovely temple at Sangkhom.  The views are magnificent and I especially love the bells.  Click to see more.

High in the mountains above the Mekong River northwest of Nong Khai there is a lovely temple at Sangkhom.  The views are magnificent and I especially love the bells.  Click to see more.

Chiang Khan is a great place to visit.  The town is untouched by modern developments and the buildings are still the old original NE Thailand wooden construction.  Its a lovely walk along the banks of the river at dawn or sunset and at night the streets are full of vendors selling all sorts of interesting foods, clothes etc.  I love the little crisp river shrimps on a stick and eaten in their shells, the frozen beer which bursts out of the bottle in cold froth and freshly roasted chestnuts.

Chiang Khan is a great place to visit.  The town is untouched by modern developments and the buildings are still the old original NE Thailand wooden construction.  Its a lovely walk along the banks of the river at dawn or sunset and at night the streets are full of vendors selling all sorts of interesting foods, clothes etc.  I love the little crisp river shrimps on a stick and eaten in their shells, the frozen beer which bursts out of the bottle in cold froth and freshly roasted chestnuts.

Ban Chiang is an archaeological site and museum with pots and remains over 6,000 years old.  Read more about it in Wikipedia

Ban Chiang is an archaeological site and museum with pots and remains over 6,000 years old.  Read more about it in Wikipedia

Forest Wats. There are some interesting quite Wats hidden in along the edges of the the mountains near Wat Phu Tok.  They are difficult to find but well worth a visit

Forest Wats. There are some interesting quite Wats hidden in along the edges of the the mountains near Wat Phu Tok.  They are difficult to find but well worth a visit

Vientiane the capital of Laos is relatively close to our guest house.  The main bridge to Laos is at Nong Khai where you can make the crossing and then it's a short minibus ride to the city.  There are some interesting places to visit and some good restaurants.  It is especially lovely to eat on the banks of the Mekong as the sun sets.

Vientiane the capital of Laos is relatively close to our guest house.  The main bridge to Laos is at Nong Khai where you can make the crossing and then it's a short minibus ride to the city.  There are some interesting places to visit and some good restaurants.  It is especially lovely to eat on the banks of the Mekong as the sun sets.

We can arrange a boat trip up the Mekong River if you wish.  A meal can be served on the trip.  It is fascinating to see the differences between the river banks on the Thailand side and the Laos side. Click to see more photos

We can arrange a boat trip up the Mekong River if you wish.  A meal can be served on the trip.  It is fascinating to see the differences between the river banks on the Thailand side and the Laos side. Click to see more photos

Wat Ahong Silawas in tambon Khaisi of Muang Bung Kan, and adjacent to Ahong Creek, is believed to be the deepest part of the Mekong River — about 196 metres — measured using rope attached to a stone. According to legend, the river’s deepest point is opposite this temple where there is an underwater cave leading to Laos, and which is inhabited by giant Mekong catfish. 

Wat Ahong Silawas in tambon Khaisi of Muang Bung Kan, and adjacent to Ahong Creek, is believed to be the deepest part of the Mekong River — about 196 metres — measured using rope attached to a stone. According to legend, the river’s deepest point is opposite this temple where there is an underwater cave leading to Laos, and which is inhabited by giant Mekong catfish. 

The Red Lotus Lake. There is a lake in the north part of Kumphawapi district which is worth a visit. From December untill March this large lake is filled with lotusses. It is amazing to see this, the whole lake looks like a large lotus field. It is called "Talee Bua Daeng" 

The Red Lotus Lake. There is a lake in the north part of Kumphawapi district which is worth a visit.

From December untill March this large lake is filled with lotusses. It is amazing to see this, the whole lake looks like a large lotus field. It is called "Talee Bua Daeng" 

Our guests enjoy a relaxing lazy lunch on a raft on the clear waters of  Sang Khom Lake  

Our guests enjoy a relaxing lazy lunch on a raft on the clear waters of  Sang Khom Lake  

Nong Khai is the capital of  our Province and less than an hour's drive away.  It is a charming easy going city and the gateway to Laos.  We take our guests here and have lunch on the river.

Nong Khai is the capital of  our Province and less than an hour's drive away.  It is a charming easy going city and the gateway to Laos.  We take our guests here and have lunch on the river.

Phu Phrabat National Park distinguishing feature is its unusual rock formations around which religious shrines have been constructed. Some formations also feature prehistoric rock paintings

Phu Phrabat National Park distinguishing feature is its unusual rock formations around which religious shrines have been constructed. Some formations also feature prehistoric rock paintings