Ban Chiang Archaeological Site
Ban Chiang Archaeological Site
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Tambon Ban Chiang, Amphoe Nong Han - Isaan ( Udon Thani )
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Ban Chiang Archaeological Site

Ban Chiang is an archaeological site in Udon Thani province, in North East Thailand, where have been found remains of human settlements dating back to Prehistoric Age. In Ban Chiang there are ruins of burial sites and remains of a village, inhabited in a period between 2100 B.C. and 300 AD, with evidence of transition between Neolithic Age, when man was not yet capable of working metals, to Bronze Age and finally to Iron Age. Ban Chiang is considered one of the most important prehistoric archaeological sites in all South East Asia, one of earliest evidence of Bronze Age culture in the world. Given the importance of the finds and dating of them, also confirmed by radiocarbon dating, on 1992 Ban Chiang it was appointed World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The remains that have been found in Ban Chiang show that the first inhabitants of the site were settlers, rice farmers. Among the thousands of artefacts found ancient settlement there are human skeletons, ax heads, rolls of clay and ceramics. Artefacts found in tombs, dating more recently, are showing signs of improvement in the technical production of ceramics, with better skills decorative. In these tombs we were also found metal objects in bronze and iron, as anklets, rings and bracelets, wires and rods, spearheads, hooks, blades, and little bells, demonstrating the transition from the Neolithic period to the period when the first inhabitants of the area began to work metals. Visitors to Ban Chiang can admire a part of the excavations of archaeologists in one of the areas still open. The artefacts found instead, mostly ceramics, are on display at the museum adjacent to the site.
Admission fee & Opening hours: The excavation site and museum are open daily, except Mondays and Tuesdays, from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm. Entrance fee is 150 THB.
Getting there: Ban Chiang Archaeological Site is located about 58 kilometres from Udon Thani. To reach Udon Thani you can use plane, bus, train or private car. Currently Thai Airways International, Nok Air and Thai AirAsia operate flights from this airport, with links to Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang Airport in Bangkok and others major airports in Thailand. Busses to Udon Thani from Bangkok leave from the Northern Mo Chit Terminal, with departures every 20 minutes, the trip takes about 8 hours and the ticket costs from 450 to 600 THB, depending on the class. Trains to Udon Thani from Bangkok depart from the Hua Lamphong Station, are less frequent of buses, four per day, employing more time, and the cost is similar for a seat in 2nd class, more expensive for classes with bunks for sleeping. To reach the Park from Udon Thani you can use the buses traveling in the direction of Nakhon Phanom, with departure once per hour. The buses normally make a stop not so far from the Park, just ask to the driver. At the bus stop there are several tuk-tuk waiting for potential visitors and transport them for the last 6 km.
Path Bangkok - Udon Thani - Ban Chiang: To reach Udon Thani by car from Bangkok follow the Highway 1 until Saraburi, about 98 Km; at Saraburi turn right on Highway 2, Thanon Mittraphap, that leading direct to Udon Thani, passing from Nakhon Ratchasima and Khon Kaen. The distance from Bangkok is about 560 Km. The archaeological site of Ban Chiang is located just off Highway 22, which links Udon Thani to Sakhon Nakhon, next to Wat Pho Si Nai, about 58 kilometres from Udon Thani.
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