This Weeks Dose of Isaan, Northeast Thailand

Wat Tham Kham,Phanna Nikhom,Sakon Nakhon,Thailand, Ajahn Thate

Tourism Authority of Thailandtells us that Wat Tham Kham used to be where the famous monks Achan Fan and Luang Pu Thet meditated. A pagoda housing the relics of the latter is here. Not much for such…Continue reading

From Sakon Nakhon to Amnat Charoen in Northeast Thailand, Timelapse

Three hours and 210 kilometers through Isaan cities, towns, villages and countryside condensed into a 1 minute time lapse video. A photo every 5 seconds, for a total of 1739 frames  played back at…Continue reading

How to put Brand Thailand out there asks the Bangkok Post

How to put Brand Thailand out there asks the Bangkok Post, Published: 14/03/2012 at 02:17 AM “Thailand should brand itself by integrating campaigns initiated by its various ministries and agencies…Continue reading

Social Action,Sakon Nakhon,Thailand

The last night of Songkran and somehow at about 1600h in the midst of the whole thing I have to drive to the Imperial Hotel in Sakon Nakhon for some social thingy. I had no desire to go out, be out…Continue reading

Episode 13 Google and the Geezer, an Android Adventure in Northeast, Thailand

This week we look at two completely different applications. Snapspeed a photo editing and manipulating application and at Google Earth the Android edition. Snapspeed is what I call an all…Continue reading

Wat Mongkon Ratana, Tampa, Florida, Songkran 2014

mongkonThe Wat is set up with a traditional sla\ubosot and a very nice house for the monks, while off to the side is an area and building where the weekend market is set up. The weekend market sadly sells only prepared food. There is a sizeable shaded are for a meditation garden and when needed eating area. The crowd was mostly westerners who came for the food and cultural show, but there were a good number of Thais as well. It looks like after 18 years in Isaan I can easily get Vietnamese food, but Isaan  food is a bugger to fing. The Gai Yaang was baked and had no relationship to anything I have had for the past 18 years and the BBQ pork was as tough as water buffalo.

12 Traditions, Duan ha, bun song nam, fifth lunar month,making merit by pouring water,songkran,Thailand

heet05Songkran is a solar occurrence but Duan ha, bun song nam, fifth lunar month,making  merit by pouring water,songkran takes place.The Full Moon occurs at 1443h on the 15th in Thailand
On the fifteenth day of the waxing moon (full moon) in the summer afternoon, Buddhist villagers bring water to the preaching hall with worshipping things. All the Buddha images in the monasteryare cleaned after the praying ceremony, first by monks and then lay people. Everyone pours  water upon the Buddha images and monks as well as the elderly and asks for best wishes. Next day  monks are given food and offerings.
People can pour fragrant water on the images for one month and they may take sand to the monastery, make sand pagodas, free animals, and play Songkran by throwing water to each other.

Songkran, Sand Chedis and Thailand Roads

Thailand’s Roads and Deaths a Look from Isaan

my truck being towed after being run off the road (A reminder for old readers.This is from Tom’s Desk so click on the Title to…Continue reading

songkran hdqtrs evening 150411 #1

Back at the front line for the final Sprint Published with Blogger-droid v1.6.8 See the original post: songkran hdqtrs evening 150411 #1…Continue reading

Sand Chedis at Wat Phra That Choeng Chum,Songran,Sakon Nakhon,Thailand

  The sand chedi building competition started at 0900 and the judging is due to take place at 1230h. As you can see some groups are quite ornized and some less so. But everyone seems quite…Continue reading

Isaan Live Podcast Episode 41

Getting Ready for Songkran and More Left clickto Play, Right click to Download To subscribe at itunes is justa click away…Continue reading

Songkran Live Khon Kaen 13.04.12 evening

Thing got going full bore a little after 5pm at Beung Kaen Nakhon. continued here: Songkran Live Khon Kaen 13.04.12 evening…Continue reading

Buddhist Meditation, Impermanence and the Dhammapada with Comment


Ajahn Jayasaro talks about meditation and Impermanence as a basic characteristic of everything that exists and how meditation is shifting the focus from contents to process. Are human beings valuable or worthless…?


Just as a sweet scented and beautiful lotus
can grow from a pile of discarded waste,
the radiance of a true disciple of the Buddha
outshines dark shadows cast by ignorance.
v. 58–59

The First “From Tom’s Desk” from America and Google and the Geezer an Android Adventure Goes On

aptoideGoogle still will not recognize my account as being in America now. I closed my Google Wallet account and associated  Merchants Account that was based in the U.K.. Hours on hold with Google has not added much to my optimism about getting the problem solved. Working around the situation has added hours of fiddling and reorganizing to an already hectic schedule.
I have already started looking at flight prices to Thailand, even though I know it’ll be some time before it is possible, but it’s a way to give the mind a little something to play with while getting all the administrative old man stuff sorted. I thing there will be some more tunes to tube episodes to come as well as more new hidden Isaan posts

Development of the nation, His Royal Highness Bhumibol Adulyadej, King Rama IX, Thailand


I find it not at all strange that the participants in todays struggles seem to have little interest in the development of the country or the people of Thailand. They seem omly intesested in the development of their own self interests. Greed rules…

Development of the nation must be carried out in stages, starting with the laying of the foundation by ensuring the majority of the people have their basic necessities through the use of economical means and equipment in accordance with theoretical principles. Once a reasonably firm foundation has been laid and in effect, higher levels of economic growth and development should be promoted…”
His Majesty the King’s royal speech given to the graduates of Kasetsart University On July 18, 1974

Luangta Maha Boowa, Wat Thung Setthi, Ubol Ratana Reservoirand A tour of Central Plaza Khon Kaen, Thailand

Luangta Maha Boowa returns to Wat Pa Klang Non Phu, Sakon Nakhon, Thailand

2551 BE or 1998 AD is the year the this small exhibitshrinemuseum honoring Ajahn Mun was opened at Wat Pa Klang Non Phu just 0utside Phanna Nikkom in Sakon Nakhon, Thailand. That year Luangta was a…Continue reading

Wat Thung Setthi, New Chedi and more in khonkaen

Wat Thung Setthi is in the southeast section of greater Khon Kaen just inside the ring road. It is a little place that is dusty and dirty. I was surprised to see a walking meditation path, but not…Continue reading

Ubol Ratana Reservoir #FloodTweeple update 23.10.11

I had attacked this area from the north and the Dam 2 days earlier see here and Sunday I wanted to see the situation approaching from the South. As I said cattle crazing and the lack of grass is a…Continue reading

Chinese New Year, khon Kaen, Isaan, Thailand 21.01.12 evening

The 21st was the first day of Chinese New Year and I stopped at the Shrine acroos from Beung Kaen Nakhon in Khon Kaen on the evening the 1st day to video the goings on and here are the results…Continue reading

A tour of Central Plaza Khon Kaen

Join me as we walk around Central Plaza Khon Kaen. It makes me wonder why more retail plazas are opening in khon kaen when the main one sits quite idle. continued here: A tour of Central Plaza Khon…Continue reading

Tukcom Center, Khon Kaen,Thailand

Tukcom Khon Kaen 12.06.12

For a good number of years Tukcom was the main Mall in town i competition with Fairy Plaza, Now the big Central Plaza is the big draw. But, today when looking for a bluetooth earphone or anything…Continue reading

Tukcom Center Khon Kaen, Thailand

Tukcom center near the 3 major hotels in town, to me is still the best place to shop for phone and computer equipment. Perhaps not the stock or the lash of the new mall I find the staff here more…Continue reading

Tukcom khon kaen bog

looks good lucky there is no smellinet More: Tukcom khon kaen bog…Continue reading