Star Gazing at Kaeng Krachan, Phetchaburi province
Once in a while, a city dweller accidentally ventures into a place so poorly lit at night that life becomes a little too uncomfortable. The location may be remote countryside, all in the middle of the ocean. Still, nature appeases the city dweller with a gift of a starry sky, even when the moon is visible. It gets more confusing on a moonless night when bright dots crowd the heaven confounding a mesmerized spectator. The beautiful sky manifests itself in its full glory.
After the initial confusion, one can see that the stars are not a random collection of dots. Some of these may be official constellations while other chance combinations of several parts from many constellations.
Thailand has developed to the point that night skies in many locations are polluted by light from urban areas or industrial estates. Dark places are now found only in remote areas, near the border, or in large national parks and their vicinity.
The Siam Society will arrange a 2-day trip to visit Kaeng Krachan, Phetchaburi. This trip will be led by Mr Visanu Euarchukiati, a council member and a freelance astronomy academic/ educator. The programme will include a guided tour of the night sky and a trip to a historic site of the British royal Society total solar eclipse expedition in 1875 (the reign of King Chulalongkorn, Rama V) in Phetchaburi.
The tentative programme will be as follows:
|Day 1: Saturday, 25 March: Bangkok – Phetchaburi|
|09:30||Depart from The Siam Society for Phetchaburi province by bus.|
|Noon||Lunch at a local restaurant seafood restaurant near Haad Chao Samran.|
|Afternoon||Visit the site of the British Society solar eclipse expedition camp, learn the little known history of the event.|
|–||Check in at The Tree Riverside at Kaeng Krachan|
|17:30||Dinner at a local restaurant|
|19:00||After dinner, proceed for a star tour (2 hr tour)|
|–||Overnight at The Tree Riverside at Kaeng Krachan|
|Day 2: Sunday, 26 March: Phetchaburi – Bangkok|
|–||Breakfast at the hotel|
|Morning||Check out of the hotel and proceed to visit Ban Krang Camp in Kaeng Krachan National Park. One of the best locations in Thailand to watch the different species of butterflies that inhabit the local area.|
|Noon||Lunch at a local restaurant|
|Depart Phetchaburi to Bangkok
Arrive at The Siam Society
The Siam Society reserves the right to change the programme as necessary.
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Contribution of THB 8,000 (THB 9,000 for non-member), single room surcharge of THB 1,000, will cover transportation, meals as mentioned in the programme, accommodation for 1 night (two persons per room), entrance fees, gratuities and other costs incurred to make this trip possible. Your reservation will be confirmed as soon as the payment has been made. In addition, basic accident insurance is included. There is a 4% surcharge for credit/debit card payment to cover bank charges. Please pay by cash or cheque payable to “The Siam Society”. Transfer can also be made to The Siam Society travel account at TMBThanachart Bank (ttb), saving account no. 053-2-18000-7 or by scanning the QR code on your right. Once payment has been made, please fax or e-mail the deposit or transfer docket to us.