Bangkok, 13 January, 2016 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is supporting the special road trip, ASEAN Friendship Caravan (Thailand – Lao PDR. – Vietnam – Cambodia), being held by Toyota Motor Thailand from 7-16 January, 2016, as part of its strategies to promote greater intra-regional travel within the ASEAN countries, especially for routes linking Thailand with the emerging destinations in the Mekong Sub-region.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of TAT, said, “With the onset of the ASEAN Economic Community or AEC, there is an increasing demand for intra-regional travel as well as inbound travel to the ASEAN countries. Thailand’s long-standing geographical advantage as the centre of ASEAN and the region’s hub for connectivity serve as the ideal gateway to ASEAN and, of course, the Mekong countries. This caravan will surely inspire many other fellow travellers to start their journey to explore this beautiful region.”
The 10-day ASEAN Friendship Caravan (Thailand – Lao PDR. – Vietnam – Cambodia) is being attended by 45 travel agents as well as media from Thailand and the ASEAN countries. The caravan starts from Thailand, through Lao PDR., Vietnam, and Cambodia, then back to Thailand.
Key highlights of the caravan’s itinerary are:
- 7 January, 2016: Bangkok – Buri Ram (388km) / Thailand: The caravan leaves the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Office to Buri Ram, visiting Prasat Muang Tam and Phanom Rung Sanctuary, two of the famous tourist attractions in Buri Ram.
- 8 January, 2016: Buri Ram – Khong Chiam, Ubon Ratchathani (377km) / Thailand: The caravan departs Buri Ram for Ubon Ratchathani, visiting the province’s top attractions: Pha Taem National Park’s pre-historic painted murals.
- 9 January, 2016: Chong Mek – Pakse (380km) / Thailand – Lao PDR.: Crossing the Thai-Lao border in the morning, and visiting Wat Phou and Khon Pha Pheng in Lao PDR.
- 10 January, 2016: Pakse – Attapeu – Gia Lai (460km) / Lao PDR. – Vietnam: Depart for Tad Fasuam Waterfall, and visit the coffee and tea plantations at the Boloven Plateau, then cross the Lao-Vietnamese border (Phu Kluea – Bo Y) to Gia Lai, Vietnam.
- 11 January, 2016: Gia Lai – Dalat (380km) / Vietnam: Morning drive to Buon Me Thuot, and continue onto Dalat.
- 12 January, 2016: Dalat – Mui Ne (180km) / Vietnam: Depart for Mui Ne for an expedition for a 4WD test drive on the sand dunes.
- 13 January, 2016: Mui Ne – Ho Chi Minh City (220km) / Vietnam: Depart for Ho Chi Minh City, visiting Duc Ba Church – Post Office and War Museum.
- 14 January, 2016: Ho Chi Minh City – Phnom Penh (240km) / Vietnam – Cambodia: Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, then crossing the Moc bai – Bavet border, and cross the Mekong River by the new bridge to Phnom Penh.
- 15 January, 2016: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (314km) / Cambodia: Depart for Siem Reap, visiting Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom.
- 16 January, 2016: Siem Reap – Poi Pet – Bangkok (453km) / Cambodia – Thailand: Depart for Poipet, cross the Cambodian–Thai border at Aranyaprathet, and arrive in Bangkok for the Thailand Tourism Festival 2016 at Lumphini Park then end the trip with the welcoming party hosted by TAT at Dusit Thani Bangkok, close to Lumphini park.
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