Happened upon the gallery and the exhibition quite by accident while waalking past Laak Muang, the city pillar on Sri Chant Road in Khon Kaen found his facebook page where I learned that Manaswin ‘Tik Shiro’ Nantasen (old name Sirisak) (Born 25 September 1961 in Nakhon Ratchasima) is Thai Singer & Multi-Instrumentalist that well-known from his voice, dancing style, clothing style & his jokes. And I looked at the Laak Muang Gallery facebook page to learn a bit more about it I quite enjoyed the exhibit and a look at the khon kaen art community. Looking on youtube the good Mister Tik seems to be quite the musician and a bit of a comedian as well. One more thing I noticed on the way out was that the Gallery shop was selling a book that Khon Kaen University was giving away for free for 500 baht. Interesting little scam there If the album does not appear below Click Here
Laos and Viet Nam among other countries were colonized by the French This historical fact also left these countries with cuisine which most definitely has a French flavor This fact is quite obvious in the bread. Those countries that experienced the French to this day still experience the bread, the French Baguette. Crispy on the outside and melt in your moth perfection within the dough firm not stodgy The Thais on the otherhand oined the Japanese in the Second World War and have learned nothing of bread. Khao ii Pate is made with Moo Yor. Whether the Pate is of Lao or Thai origin is lost in time I have seen it called a Northern Thai food, but have seen it most often in Isaan, Northeast Thailand The best example of Moo Yor that I have found of the Pork Pate or sausage is at Thai Steamed Pork Sausage ( Mu Yor )…
NCA is arguably The best land transport option in Isaan. Bangkok to Ubon Ratchatani, to Khon Kaen with ongoing service to Udon Thanai. And serice to Chiang Mai in the North. Theur clean well maintained and modern coaches have a safety record second to none in a country with major road safety issues.The NCA terminal in Bangkok is convenienty located and they can also be boarded at the Mor Chit bus terminal. The Bangkok NCA facilities are clean and well equiped to include phone/tablet charging facilities. the webite entirely in Thai also includes a NCA schedule.
W hile on line wifi is not available at the moment I have heard that it is coming soon. They do have charging stations at 10 Baht for 10 minutes that can be quite useful before a long trip.
If you are interested in following the migration of birds in Northeast Thailand a swampy lake in front of Khon Sawan District Office smack dab almost in the center of town, covering an area of about 350 rai with a path and road around the it is the place to go. It was declared a non-hunting area due to the migration of thousands of teals and other fowl during winter from December through March. Other people quote other dates, while I am using the dates the staff told me. They have tonnes of information and bird watching towers around the lake. If you are interested in this type of thing and are in the area be be sure to visit and stop by the visitor center and exhibition. As usual go to the album at Picasa to see locations
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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