Posts Tagged ‘khmer’

Khmer Isaan, Northeast Thailand

Going Places that Don’t Exist in Khon Kaen, Isaan, 05.06.11

Started off early yesterday morning from Khon Kaen enrout to Mahasarakham to look for some unlisted Khmer ruins. South from Khon Kaen on Route 2, Friendship Highway to Baam Phai and Route 23…Continue reading


Phu Phan Mountains, The Free Thai Movement, Tiang Sirikhan,Sakon Nakhon,Thailand, and More

Free Thai Movement and Tiang Sirikhan,Sakon Nakhon,thailand

On 8 December 1941 Japanese forces invaded Thailand. The government ordered a cease fire that same day and allowed the Japanese to occupy Bangkok. Thailand then joined in an alliance with Japan. The…Continue reading

Road 2287 Connecting Sakon Nakhon and Mukdahan,Thailand, A Scenic Alternative and Wat Phu Kampra

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…Continue reading

Phu Phek, That Phanom, The Buddha, Khmer and Asalha Puja

from the museum at That Phanom So the Buddha tells Kassapa about building That Phanom, in what is now Nakhon Phanom Province, from a hilltop in what is now Sakon Nakhon Province and a Khmer ruin on a…Continue reading

Driving in the Phu Phan Mountains from Sakon Nakhon to Kalasin,Thailand

The roads in Northeast Thailand are dangerous night and day, but driving through the Phu Phan Mountains in Isaan presents even more dangers, you might say one around every corner. Blind left hand…Continue reading

August 19th Isaan Update

It’s early Friday morning and the plan is to head up to Northern Kalasin and see if the water is falling in the area “Naam Toke” and revisit a couple places that need to be GPSed. As usual, for this…Continue reading

From Tom’s Desk, Buddhism and the Khmer in Northeast Thailand

There is no way I can ever thank the people of Isaan who were so instrumental in helping me find the places where Ajahn Mun, Ajahn Chah lived and meditated in Norteast Thailand. Caves and forests and plces they went to find places to meditate. Where teachers and students worked examining and experiencing the Dhamma.
The people who showed and taught the real life in Isaan, not the filtered fiction I see every day written by well meaning people who have been fed the polite rose colored view of the realities, and of the greed, hatred and delusion as the Buddha taught.
Eighteen years of the good, the bad and the ugly that is the reality of anyplace on this earth.
I hope to continue Thanking people by sharing the people, places and things…


More Khmer Influence in Isaan,Prasat Pueai Noi,Pueai Noi District, Khon Kaen, Thailand

peuaiPrasat Puei Noi is the largest Khmer sanctuary in the upper Northeast.  So says Tourism Authority of Thailand, and they also list it as the only Khmer site in the Province. I am not sure where the “Upper Northeast” begins, but I would think North of Maha Sarakham. Although it is not as big as Prasat Hin Phimai, it is one of the most complete ruins in the region. The compound consists of 3 brick buildings built on a laterite base in 10th – 11th century A.D. (16th – 17th Buddhist century) Its art and architecture is the combination between Khmer’s Babuan and Ankor Wat styles. It was built as a sacred temple in Hinduism.
Considering the construction period of the structure it could well have ties to Mahayanan Buddhism as well. Tourism Authority of Thailand also fails to mention that the Ku is listed by the Department of  Fine Art and….


Ku Prapachai Ku Ban Ham Noi, Khmer, Ban Nakham Noi, Tambon Buaya, Amphor Nam Pong, Khon Kaen, Thailand,กู่ประภาชัย หรือ กู่บ้านนาคำน้อย

ku1-kkTourism Authority of Thailand lists 1 khmer site in Khon Kaen at Prasat Pueai Noi and as usual misses a bunch of others, to include what might be one of the Northern most
Pha Choa Chaiworaman (Jayavarman) 7, established it in century 18th (1720-1780). It consists of Prang Prathan, a main square shrine surrounding with the wall. It has been registered as a national heritage on March 8, 1935.
Jayavarman was a Mahayanam Buddhist had an  unusual devotion to Buddhism, as only one prior Khmer king was a Buddhist.. One can see examples of this throughout  Isaan


Surin and on to Ubon Ratchatani, in Northeast Thailand

changI had to go to Surin to sort out some paperwork on my truck with Nobbi and his wife Noi. I have known them since I first arrived in Nong Khai more than 17 years ago and they wave wonderful friends through the years. Nobbi has operated his “Salami Factory”, distributor business and restaurant in Nong Khai for years and moved to Surin where it all continues. When you ship sausage to Pattaya you know it must be good.
After catching up on all the news and way to many beers we set up a schedule for the next day and off to sleep.
The next morning I did a bit of a wonder around town, which is a plain old Isaan/khmer city.
The bus station is pretty much a mess and the toilets across the car park, to one sad bog.
There are a number of, nearly side by side, Western bars near the bus station for those interested.
The area is full of Khmer ruins and other sites and that is what brings most people to the area. I have posted and mapped many of these already. Surin is certainle worth a visit, but go for plain old lodging, and simple Isaan fare for the night. There is a duck and dimsum place towar the street from Nobbis.
Anyhow, business finished it was back to the bus station to move on to Ubon.
There is very little moving from Surin to Ubon in the afternoon. although I did not check at the train station. There is a new bus company called Shinnakeart. A google search will give you some interesting information.
The coach was late,  due to arrive at 1300, arrived 1345,but the ride to Ubon was in comfort on an empty upper deck.
Although you might not that tellow means nothing on Thailand Highways.
Most of the road is dual carriageway, so except into and out of Sisakhet it was a speedy trip.
Arrived in Ubon about 1700 hours to pleasantly discover that the taxis used their meters and no argument or scamming.

Still more to come

Saphan Khom, Sakon Nakhon, Thailand,a Khmer Bridge

Saphan Khom jus a couple hundred meters in front of the City Gate of  Sakon Nakhon, in the Island formed by Nittayo Road Number 22, from the west into town. the Tourism Authority of Thailand says “It is considered as an ancient bridge to link Sakon Nakhon and the countryside as this area was once a swamp. The present bridge is make from laterite,replacing the old one that was removed for

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Saphan Khom, Sakon Nakhon, Thailand,a Khmer Bridge

Phra That Dum, Sakon Nakhon, Isaan, Thailand 17.07.12

It had been a few years since I visited the That, and with all the roads in Sakon Nakhon, the That is suddenly nearly in town. You can read all the copy and paste info you want with a google search. I watching the video you can see there are many more locations than literature would have you believe and you can see the lintel and try to figure out what Vishnu is trying to do for yourself.While

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Phra That Dum, Sakon Nakhon, Isaan, Thailand 17.07.12

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