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46th Special Forces Camp, Nam Phung, Sakon Nakhon,Thailand

Larry and I had been communicating with Joe, a  Vietnam era veteran who was moving to Thailand for some time. Joe finally arrived in Thailand and got up to Sakon Nakhon, looking to visit the old camp. I knew right where it was having visited it before so off we went. On the North side of the reservoir is the old airstrip and the 2 marker to the south east shows the location of the camp, now utilized by the Thais and the airstrip.
With the help of Khun Prasit, long time friend and mentor we finally got access to the camp and a guide of some rank. We did get to the site of the old runway which was pretty much overgrown. Our guide also took us to the site of what he called the old clinic, which Joe pointed out was not the old clinic….

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A Short Look at Washington D.C.

No matter what ones politics Washington D.C.is a beatiful place to visit. All the museums of the Smithsonian Institution are free to visit, as are amny of the other places of interest in the area. There is no lack of monuments to visit, and the National Mall is not for shopping, but a parkland stretching from The United States Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial. The many staues areound the district are enjoyed by people and pigeons alike and the may Squares and Circles provide shady break spots as well as el fresco luncheon spots. I will be posting more about the District as well as other sites on this trip. I hope you all enjoy…

 

 

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Isaan Live at The National Folklife Festival, Washington D.C.

The National Folklife Festival, Washington D.C. is an annual event on the national Mall each year. People from all over the U.S. as well as the rest of the year are in the Nation’s Capital for summer holiday visits and the town is packed  All the museums and galleries offer free admittance to all, even Thais.
As you can see and hear there is a healthy crowd out even for a Tuesday.
I also visited the Sakler Gallery and will be showing you some of the exhibits they have taking place there.

So I hope you enjoy Isaan Live twitcasting live in the U.S.

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15 seconds at the Thai So Museum Sakon Nakhon Thailand

I started using the Viddy Application for Android Beta That I was sent. Yes I guess it is a bit of a rip-off of Instagram, but the is something I like about it.

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15 seconds at the Thai So Museum Sakon Nakhon Thailand

In response to Anonymous from Northeast Thailand 24.10.12

Here is a comment I received from some faceless person? the other day that I did post at this blog

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In response to Anonymous from Northeast Thailand 24.10.12

A New and Improved Isaan Live in Northeast Thailand

Southeastasiatimes.com is more than 12 years old, which became Isaan-Life.com which became Isaan-Live.com in 2010.

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A New and Improved Isaan Live in Northeast Thailand

24.09.12 what’s Happenin’ in Northeast Thailand

Well it looks like the rainy season was a non event and there could well be some drought damage to the rice crop which may or may not be documented by Thailand’s Nearly English Language Dailies depending on what their masters in the Government direct them to do.
Tomorrow or the next day I will be heading out to Mukdahan to document the Province’s 30th Birthday, it was seperated from Nakhon Phanom Province September 27th 1982. While there hop to get back to the 2d best Laap Restaurant in the world. Returning to Sakon Nakhon on th 30th the plan is to stop at Wat Norawararam วัดนรวราราม in Nong Sung as it is the full moon and there is supposed to be a large gathering on monks.
Then back to Sakon Nakhon for a few days before travelling to Kalasin, where I hope to visit a classroom usind their tablets and then on to visiting old friend in Khon Kaen for a few days.

Back to Sakon Nakhon and perhaps a visit to Nakhon Phanom toward the end of the month.

I will keep posting, hope you all keep reading and hope we all stay well

All the best

tom

Isaan Update 29.08.12

So far the rainy season has been a bit of a non-event here in Northeast Thailand. Intermittent showers and occasional downpours have been the norm over the past few weeks.My look at Lampao reservoir in Kalasin has been posted and as noted irrigation water is the only discharge taking place and the water is at its lowest level.
Friday the 31st we plan to depart Sakon Nakhon in the afternoon to Mukdahan and the 1st an early start to Ubon Ratchatani and Wat Pa Nanachat. The purpose of the trip is to pick up Thai language Dhamma books for the folks who support the Forest Monasteries in this area. A short stop at Wat Nong Pa Pong, Ajahn Chah’ original monastery and a visit with some acquaintances and a return to Sakon Nakhon on Monday the 3rd. Another goal of this trip is to try to find some real Vietnames food in Ubon. I have seen a video of a Banh Mi stand that looks pretty authentic. I have already had a few meals at the “Indochine which I would rate about 60% authentic at best. I have heard of 2 others and of course will report my finding in the blogs.

Hope we all have a happy and safe September and follow Isaan Live for the best Isaan updates.

09.08.12 Update and a bit of news from Sakon Nakhon Northeast Thailand

Well, here it is more than 1 month based in Sakon Nakhon and in a domestic relationship, following,bacically, 5 years on my owna dn based in Khon Kaen. Sakon Nakhon is much smaller than Khon Kaen, but like all Thai cities has just about everything needed for daily life The differences ocuur in the area of technology, computer hardware and accesories. In Khon Kaen because of my location I was walking distance to about 8 or more restaaurants or places for an evening beer, while in Sakon Nakhon there are a number of choices, I do miss Beung Kaen Nakhon on occasion.
As far as my search for and “investigation” of those things Kammathana Dhutanga Buddhist the past month is way beyond anything I could have imagined. Visiting the places where Ajahns Sao and Mun spent not only some time, but entire “rains Retreats” and reveisited over the years. Meeting people who’s family have been supporters of the monks for nearly 100 years is providing insights I never imagined. Seeing the impact Ajahns Sao and Mun and their students have had on Buddhism and the communiies here.
More westerners overseas are probably aware and support Kammathana Dhutanga (Forest) Buddhism than in Thailand. Ajahn Sumedho and other western students of the forest Bhikkhus have not only been accepted internationally, but the number of Monasteries of this lineage are opening and supported around the world.
Here in Thailand it5 has been reported from many sources that the majority of monks do not keep the vinaya are overweight and are supported by a small part of the population, while the Dhutanga Bhikkhus sit on the floor to eat their meal of the day out of an almsbowl and spend their days in some form of meditation.
Anyhow day 12 it’s off to Khon Kaen to visit some folks back there, then to Kalsin for a day or to isiting as well and then back to Sakon Nakhon as Daeng has to be back to work on the 16th.
I will be posting more about Forestt Buddhism the monks. supporter and places. Am now waitng to get more information about river and reservoir levels in preperation of reporting on flooding if and when it happens
The webcam,twitcasting and the usual posts will continue as always.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions send them on I always try to respond as soon as possible.
Otherwisw y’all Take Care

Tom