I was on the search for a number of locations in the Northernmost section of Nakhon Phanom. I did the usual searches in Google, Google Maps and for photos in Google Earth. One big problem is the uselessnes of Thai to English transliteration. For instance a placed spelled Tham Kio in English is actually pronounced Tham Kiou, as in ouch.. If you ask for Kio not Kiou you will get nothing but blank looks. Finding Wat Pha Setthaphon Phu Langka Nuea Priest’s Camp Site wa a piece of cake and a steep hike up the steps to the wat. Ajahn Pra Jahk at 76 year is spry and an inspiration to talk with. Priest’s Camp is oftem used for places called Kham Pra, Monks area. Phu Langka National Park was right, more or less where Google marked it. It being a 4 kilometer walk to the Kong Khao Sriboon Nao Chedi and later in the day we decided to give the trip a bye…
The usual route between Sakon Nakhon and Mukdahan is Route 223 to the 212 in That Phanom then south. Over the years I have taken a number of alternatives and recently started traveling and searching for places of interest along Route 2287 to Nong Kaen and route 2292. While it looks logical to follow Route 3008 on to the 212 beware that this road is under construction, and I would advise checking out condition before travelling that route.
The Sakon Nakhon and Mukdahan of the 2287 in the section through the mountains (look in Google Earth or Maps in Satellite mode) is an are with little or none 3G signal, nor any type of signal, which makes it difficult to locate places of interest. There are plenty of caves and temles of interest along the route, but finding them is a bugger…
After spending the Night in Phibun Manghansahan, where I found a place with wifi and places to eat and drink in walking distance I headed to Kaeng Jukan and experienced a GPS gone mad as it had me plotted near Khe Sanh in Viet Nam. After sorting things out I noted the lack of commercial interest here. When I first stumbled on this keang it looked like a good spot for some food and bev stands.
I moved on to Pak La taking the river road stopping shooting and getting some good local information. After Pak La I moved up To Don Tan Forest to take a look around and visit the 7 kilometer cave at Wat Patihan (it’s a miracle). The generator had crapped out and folks were praying for it’s repair. I moved on and mapped some Kaengs along the river. I planned on camping at Kaeng Cahang Mop, but 100k wind sent me one to more substantial lodging.
Since his accession to the throne, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej has initiated more than 3,000 royal development projects, all of which are derived from his determinationto save his people from deprivation and suffering. His projects have covered many areas – agriculture, water source development and irrigation, medicine and public health,education, experiments and research projects.
Sadly many Thais who claim to love the King seldom follow his teachings and corruption and greed rule the land
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Remember to buy petrol the night before you leave as stations in town are not always open early,although now a days north of town the PTT is pretty much a 24/7 operation. I always try to get to Phu Pha Thoep to watch the sunrise. Now is the time the river levels start to drop and the Kaengs and Haads become visible (rapids and beaches). There are a few along the way to Kemmarat, but really get numerous in Ubon Ratchatani Province. And more and more are being sign-posted along the way. Most of the road has been improved, but there are still sections that are potholed pretty bad.Another great source of information in the Ubon Ratchatani area is The Thai Report, plenty of maps and places of interest. More and more along the way are places to spend the night and a fair few off river places to visit. Winter is surely the time to enjoy the section of Isaan.
Live from the Mekong River in Northeast Thaland
by way of TRUE 3G and a Samsung Galaxy Camera by way of twitcasting. What I am sure s the first ever live broadcast to an international audience. For sure Ray @ozlao and a viewer from Canada…Continue reading
Tha Uthen, NKP, Isaan, Morning Market21.11.11
When travelling anywhere in Isaan, but especially along th Mekong, get up early in the morning a visit a morning market. The one in Tha Uthen is just the right size to experience life in a riverside…Continue reading
Blue Highways, Thailand,Friendship Bridge 2 to Mukdahan
I have driven along the river road from Loei the Ubon Ratchatani, both directions, a number of times over the years and 3 things never cease to amaze me. First and foremost is the changes in the…Continue reading
And there was the rest of the Month
Well songkran is now just a memory and the rest of April has to be dealt with, so the 1st order of business is to wrap a few thing up here in Khon Kaen before heading down to Ubon. There stop to pay…Continue reading
Wat Pho Kham, That Phanom,Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, Buddhism
The Temple is located in Nam Kham village south of That Phanom and the Kham River. This is yet another of the isaan Mural temples from the Paper by Pairote Samosorn “E-sarn Mural Paintings” 1989. The…Continue reading
We had to go to another wedding the other evening, which meant a night at the hotel where the reception was held, in this case the Imperial in downtown Sakon Nakhon. The city does not allow any form of tai or motorised samlor to operate in town creating the options to drink and drive or stay at the hotel I have previously mentioned a stay at the MJ hotel which is a total ripoff and miserable eperience. The only saving grace at the Imperial as it is half the price The wifi does not work the staff is rude and clueless The carpeting in the rooms is way pat the expiration date and the TVs was dire as well One thing I do enjoy in these old hotels is the bathtub and a good soak in steaming hot water, but the folks here made sure there was no way to plug the drain. This is a place much in need of a facelift and new staff If you are coming to Sakon Nakhon and do not want a bedsit for…
Sakon Nakhon Rajabhat University, Thailand Clay and Sculpture Seminar and Exhibition 29 November to 27 December
Sakon Nakhon Rajabhat University, Thailand Clay and Sculpture Seminar and Exhibition, advertised that 13 Universities would be participating I see this rather often in Thai events. The International rice Exhibition at Mahasarakham University a few tears back was attended by about 100 students that were ordered to be there and had to sign in and a few faculty members. The seminar seemed to be limping on to a start about 1315 hours and if there were students from 13 Universities attending they were well hidden. The Exhibition scheduled for 100h seemed to be already set up. There were some interesting pieces, but nothing to the quality I would expect from an University art major. The staff on the ground floor of where the seminar was taking place were unaware that it was happening 1 floor up. When I asked an instructor at the exhibit about the 13 Universities and..