We spent a full morning at the National Museum Ban Chiang. This was an important highlight for us and we would strongly recommend it. Ban Chiang is an archeological site in Nong Han District, Udon Thani Province, Thailand. It has been on the UNESCO world heritage list since 1992. The site was discovered by chance in 1966. It has attracted enormous publicity because of its attractive natural red pottery that had been painstakingly painted using gold leaf. (Wikipedia).
Open link for photos in the public domain. Our own photos will be published separately.
In this area, it is possible to shop for beautiful pieces of pottery that are good quality copies of the recently excavated originals. For example, we saw a party of school children all buying miniature copies for their families to take home as gifts.