Posts Tagged ‘Mekhong River Bridge’

Wat Mano Phirom, 15 kilometers to Bridge2, Mukdahan, Thailand

 

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This is one really improved section of road if you plan to take the river road from That Phanom to Mukdahan. I will discuss upriver sections in a later post. This section starts at Wat Mano Phirom, which is worth a visit, about 15 kilometers upriver from the bridge. At one time this route meandered through a little used, but dusty and potholed gravel yeard, now it is a nearly pothole free clean, this is Isaan, stretch of road.

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Blue Highways, Mekhong River Bridge 3 South Toward Nakhon Phanom, Thailand

To my mind this bridge and it’s background is the most photogenic of the bridges that have gone across the Mekong in the past 20 some years. The lush treelined bank with the Karst mountains in the background provide a picturesque scene even on an overcast day. The long approach makes dramatic panoramas as well as photospheres. The entire length of road 212 from Nong Khai to Nakhon Phanom, about 300 plus kilometers used to be single lane. The rout while a bit longer is a bit less hectic than the drive from Nong Khai to Udon, then on to┬áSakon Nakhon and to NKP.. As I have documented over the years there is plenty to see in do in the area, but, unfortunately the town has fallen in the shodow of Mukdahan 100 kilometers down river in my opinion. I will show the rest of the drive in town and along the river in a soon to come post.

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