Posts Tagged ‘Free Thai’

Free Thai Movement and More Heroes from Isaan, Northeast Thailand

mapHere I am forcing these old eyes to try to research more about the Free Thai Movement that took place in Isaan after the Thai  Government kissed Jap ass. Or as a Thailand’s Nearly English Language Dailies would say were forced to capitulate. one  of the names I am interested in, in relation to the free thai movement and communist movement in the 70s are mentioned,Khrong Chandawong,also mentioned Tieng Sirikhan whose name and likeness I have already come across in my searches.


Free Thai, Nang Thoranee, Jit Phumisak,Phu Kieow, Isaan, Thailand

Free Thai Movement and More Heroes from Isaan, Northeast ThailandseriHere I am forcing these old eyes to try to research more about the Free Thai Movement that took place in Isaan after the Thai  Government kissed Jap ass. Or as a Thailand’s Nearly English…Continue reading


Google Maps, Wat Tham Phuang, and Free Thai in Northeast Thailand

Maps, Google Maps and getting to Wat Tham Phuang in Northeast Thailand

I usually go to this cave wat from Sawang Daeng Din, which is North of this area and the wat is south of Song Dao. Even in this small section of road atlas page you can see that it is pretty useless…Continue reading

Free Thai in Northeast Thailand?

Larry over at Khon Kaen Retirement has been digging through the anals of history. Yes anals, not annals. A dark place that seems to be full of shit). I on the other hand am more interested in places…Continue reading

What Happened on 28 January 1945 in Sakon Nakhon,Thailand?

mapWe  meaning Larry at Khon Kaen Retirement and I the Free Thai Seri Thai Movement and places and events of the Second World War in Northeast Thailand for some time now. Finding any evidence of any real action has all been a dead in. We have, to date, found no evidence of any Sei Thai contact with the Japanese at that time. I have already posted Free Thai in Northeast Thailand? and the incorrect information posted.
The video shown here was found at the Phu Phan Museum in Sakon Nakhon and raises more questions than it answers. Why would they light a marking fire if not to guide a parachute drop? So why a mysterious plane? Anyhow the plane made the drop to include tires? Tires for what they had no vehicles? Anyhow other than at the Phu Phan Museum there is no mention of this event anywhere I have found, to include at the Exhibit near the Cave site.

Khrong Chandawong Memorial,Sawang Daen Din, Sakon Nakhon,Thailand

Krong Chandawong (1908—1961). Born in Sakon Nakhon, son of a local farmer
Qualified as teacher in Ubon Ratchatani and became a teacher in his home locality. Joined Seri Thai during WWII. Jailed 1953-57 in Peace movement sweep. Advocated the abolition of the anti-communist law andlocal  elections of village headmen. MP for Sakon Nakhon 1957-58. Arrested in 1961 on charge of promoting communism and Isaan separitism.
Executed on Sarit’s, the Prime Minister’s order in 1961. So reads the short biography.

People started to gather  at the house about 0830 on May 31st, the day that Chandawong was murdered by the Thai Government. Acupuncture, was the word I could not think of during the video, but it and electric acupuncture was offered for free all through the morning

Finding Places and Google Maps in Northeast Thailand

Looking at my maps it is nearly 7 years ago that I got my first Garmin GPS, and of course, Google Maps already existed. I could go to an area of interest or a wat, or a khmer ruin or anywhere GPS it and put it on Google maps, I was in hog heaven. Now, years later and many hundreds of sites mapped I see that not only Tourism Authority of Thailand, but most travel bloggers prefer to keep sites a mystery. Why people do not mark locations is beyond me. And incorrect Panoramio posts drive me …..
A couple years ago I was standing on a flooded road in the middle of nowhere looking for a Exhibit some travel blogger had marked on a map. After finding the location some kilometers away I mentioned in a post that people, meaning travel bloggers and anyone else marking a spot on a map might give a bit of attention to whether the data were correct…

I was assaulted by bunches of emails and comments telling me that travel bloggers were not map makers and on and on. Lesson learned, never offer constructive criticism to the Travel Blogger Mafia. Just look at their site on Facebook, 100s of posts about SEO and shit , but not one about accuracy in reporting. I really do not like to make people stand around and wonder where they are and where what they are looking is. If you look in my Picasa Albums or now Google+ you will see that most photos in the last couple years are all geotagged. Maps can be viewed showing satellite imagery or as ,mmore or less road maps. There are some things about google maps that bug me that is another post. In some cases I have identified many locations in a province and looking at the map ca be confusing. Now in the case of Sakon Nakhon to avoid confusion I have created a Seri Thai, Vietnam era, Communist etc and a Wats of Sakon Nakhon map and all places in Sakon Nakhon that I have mapped to include the preceding can be found in the Sakon Nakhon Province Map below

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Into Sakon Nakhon,Thailand and a Search For the Past in Isaan, Norteast Thailand

Searching In 2013 in Northeast Thailand, for places where events took place in the 1960s, and the 1940s it is easy to become aware of the many changes that have taken place. Certainly in some cases progress, but in most just movement. And in some cases it is easy to see the advances in standard of living and the losses in quality of life. People in Isaan, even the educated have little interest in the past, unless it is their area of study. No one remembers who laid the first paved roads and their culverts and bridges, but the veterans of the 809th ECB and other units do. No one remembers the Seri Thai locations and the Japanese who the Thai Government welcomed, not really. Camps and memorials are made and some old photos exist, more as oddities than for there use in identifying places or for understanding history. I think I have a lead on Camp Mitrapap , past Kusuman and will be checking that out soon.

Jit Phumisak Memorial Waritchaphum District,Sakon Nakhon, and More

I first read about and began researching Jit Phumisak on 16 April this year when I read  Jit statue to go up next month. I also read what I found in TeakDoor In Memory of a bright light for the people . A bunch of research led to the Communist Party of Thailand, other people of interest,Free Thai info and American Vietnam War era camps in Northeast Thailand all became part of the focus Larry Westfall and I have been following. We have found what is known as Camp Alpha in Sawang Daen Din,Sakon Nakhon. We will be continuing our search for sites and places and will keep you informed.Panels below video click to zoom to view text