Since I visited the Kham River Dam and Irrigation District Offices just outside That Phanom in Nakhon Phanom Province I have been interested in finding the other dams along the river. The other day I was searching out a number of sites and as usual scanned photos in the relevant areas to see if anything looked pertinent to my search. I found the dam, in Thai called watergate, the controlled Nong Han’s flow into the Kham River. I copied the lat/long into my Sakon Nakhon Google Maps. I also followed the Kham in Google Earth and located the other water gates visible and added one to Sakon Nakhon and the others to my Nakhon Phanom Map. The weather went from blue skies to overcast, but the rain held off. I made a stop at a wat I was looking for and then headed to the dam.
No problem finding the location. The elevation of Nong Han is quite low for this time of year and it is easy to see the difference of elevation with the River. Over the next month or so I hope to visit the other dams, but right now I am more concerned about drought in Northeast Thailand, this year, more than ever. The reservoirs are all well down. No one in government . as far as reporting by Thailand’s Nearly English Language Dailies is concerned, which is not odd as the extensive flooding in 2011 was pretty much ignored by the Thai Government and the press.
I also hope to get my Maps more organized as they are the most accurate source of location information in the region.
More about maps, places of interest in more coming soon.