National Aviation and Royal Thai Air National Aviation and Royal Thai Air Force Museum
National Aviation and Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) Museum was built to become the National Knowledge Center for aviation. The museum provides and collects numerous types of both active aircraft and decommissioned aircraft since the early period of Thai aviation to the present day as well as the valuable historical documents of the RTAF. The museum exhibits various types of aircraft featuring Boeing 737-200 and UH-1N of which major roles are to serve as the royal transportation for His Majesty King Bhumibol, Baribatra (or Boriphat - the bomber type 2) designed and built by the RTAF, Tachikawa Ki-36 (one of the last two remaining aircraft of this type in the world), the last Hawk 3 and Corsair. The museum also exhibits the active fighter aircraft of the RTAF such as F-5A, F-16A, and Gripen. The museum also highlights the MiG-21 from Vietnam Air Defense and Air Force, sent for the knowledge public.
Royal Thai Air Force Aviation Park
The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) had built the RTAF Aviation Park to honour the RTAF forefathers on the occasion of the centennial of their aviation as well as to be a reminder of the heroic acts of our airmen who sacrificed themselves in protecting our national independence and sovereignty. Four jet fighter aircraft of different generations had been brought together and arranged into a formation as an aircraft monument in order to commemorate the modernization of the air power of Thailand. The formation comprises four aircraft: first generation (F-86F), second generation (F-5A), third generation (F-5E), and forth generation (F-16A). Also in the park, there are bas relief, round relief, and etched metal sheets depicting stories of the monarchy and national aviation, the origin of national aviation, air power, and the support of the RTAF to the people.
Wing 5 is another famous recreation place of the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) and Prachuap Khiri Khan Province due to its beautiful beaches and facilities provided by the RTAF for the tourists in the affordable prices along with the souvenir shop, miniature trains for bringing tourists to the sightseeing around Manao Bay, and land and water games. Moreover, Wing 5 is an important historical location for the RTAF and Thailand where the Thai airmen took part in the courageous combat on 8 December 1941 during the Greater East Asia War. The Historical Park was built to remind the visitors of such valor and for the learning of history.
Wing 46 is a natural attraction for ecotourism. There are Cochinchin Gourd Tunnel and wonderful natural environment with the knowledge center of the sufficiency Economy. There are many different types of plants such as the exotic bananas, bamboos, and herbs and agriculture demonstration plots covering 640,000 square meters (400 rai). Wing 46 also provides bicycle route to promote scenic biking tour along the bike trails as well as the mountain bike park with the 15 kilometer - length of the track. Moreover, there are tower jump and military morale testing station for anyone who is interested in the extreme sports. Wing 46 has two types of accommodations including the accommodation on the trees and home-stay with facilities such as restaurants and natural water resource along with the stunning view of the golf course and sunset. Wing 46 has always been pleased to welcome anyone who wants to make a study visit to obtain knowledge and recreation.
Flying Training School
Apart from being the place where new pilots are produced and a survival training area for the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) aviators, the Flying Training School also offers the adventure tourist attraction including camp site to learn the wilderness survival, 34 - foot tower sling jump, ten adventure stations, demonstration of wilderness survival. etc. Moreover, the Flying Training School is the place of ecotourism consisting of ponds and lakes full of aquatic animals and various types of birds. For those who like the sports tourism, they can play golf at Thong Yai Golf Course; the standard golf course with 18 holes or riding mountain bikes at Wonderland. In addition, you will have an opportunity to see and gain knowledge regarding student pilot training where students pilot are trained to become the RTAF pilots in the future. Also, the Flying Training School has provided several types of accommodations such as Thai Club House for those who like golf course scenery and relaxing, including the multipurpose building, this place can accommodate up to 400 seats for the conference. The last interesting place of Flying Training School is the Aviation Museum Yard which was reproduced into the shape of Thailand. This place displays models of aircraft from the RTAF Wings around the country.
The Great Holy Relics Pagoda Nabhamethanidol and Nabhapolbhumisiri
In 1987, the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) built the Great Holy Relics Pagoda to present as a royal charity in commemoration of His Majesty the King’s 60th birthday anniversary, and asked His Majesty for a permission to name the pagoda “Phra Mahathat Nabhamethanidol,” which means the Great Holy Relics Pagoda of which mightiness extending from the sky down upon the land. In 1992, the RTAF built another Great Holy Relics Pagoda on the occasion of Her Majesty the Queen’s 60th birthday anniversary, and asked for permission to name the pagoda “Phra Mahathat Nabhapolbhumisiri,” which means the power of the sky and the grace of the land. In this regard, one of the mountain tops of Doi Inthanon, which is the highest mountain in Thailand, was chosen as the site for people to visit and pay homage to the grace of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen eternally.