Posts Tagged ‘mekong’

Buddhism Ajahn Chah, Modern Isaan Blessing or Scourge

chah-sumedhoI found these words some years ago and thought it a good time to put into Isaan Live. It’s about a year since I first posted this Ajahn Chah story and being back in the States see this reflection on “Progress” pertinent.
“So much in life is called progress, but in the end seems only to be movement. “I (Ajahn Chah left Khon Kaen Friday Morning and it is now Sunday afternoon. I have seen flooding and drought in the same day, I have seen suffering and joy. The loss of crop and the harvesting of crop. I have seen disco and morning Puja. I have seen people caught up in face and people who know the reality and samsara of face.
Modern times rammed itself down the throats of many in Isaan. Every river that feeds the Mekong River dammed save one.

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Illuminated Boat Procession,Nakhon Phanom, Thailand

ilumnkpBook soon if you are planning on attending this year. Auk Pansaa Falls on 16 October 2016. A llok back to October 2013, The town filled to the bursting point starting early the morning of the 19th. 1,000s of big Bangkok Motorcycles, Mercedes and tour buses. Sunthon Wijit Road filled with pedestrians and unfortunately the road was never closed to vehicles Or if it was, the law as usual, was ignored. By sunset kerosene fumes and smoke filled the riverfront. It was the first time at any event in Isaan since 3G became available that I experience total gridlock. Everyone, nearly was Lining and Facecebooking. About 1930h a bit of bandwidth appeared and I was able to tweet the odd photo, but any idea of twitcasting was just a dream.
Spending most evenings of the week with a number of very helpful government officers provided an addition insight and provided a wealth of information that I will post soon. Enjoy the video for now,,,

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Wat Pho Kham, That Phanom,Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, Buddhism

20130111_094824The Temple is located in Nam Kham village south of Thai Phanom and the Kham River. This is yet another of the isaan Mural temples from the Paper by Pairote Samosorn “E-sarn Mural Paintings” 1989. The paper sponsored by the Toyota Foundation is available as a bilingual book. Once again much like Wat Phra Si Mahapho in Mukdahan there is a “disconnect between what he describes and what is on the walls. At times I wonder if he actually visited some of the sites or were students sent to complete the survey? We have, once again, a wonderful example of an early 20th century ubosot. Unfortunatly, you need to see this one and many of the others soon as they are not being maintained to any standard and are deteriorating at a quick pace.
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Eateries in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand,Yahd Thip Laap Phet Restaurant

laap-mukNakhon Phanom is not a bastion of fine dining Mukdahan and Ubon are both better supplied with Vietnamese restaurants, while Nakhon Phanom has perhaps a more sizable Vietnamese population  There are a couple up-scale restaurants that I found to be poor value for money They also seem to be often overcrowded and understaffed. One I have enjoyed for some time is Yahd (Yaad) Thip Laap Phet Restaurant As the name implies it is know for it’s duck Laap, which is as good as the Laap Phet in Mukdahan, which is second to none. It also doed a nice job with other lappd as well as other Isaan and Thai foods. The owner and staff are quite friendly and prices are reasonable It is located south of Soi Thatsana Pathum and a few sois North of Wat Mahaa That. It is easily spotted by the circular staicase in the right front as you look with the Mekong River at your back…

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Loei To Nong Khai Along the Mekhong River

Along the Mekhong River Nong Khai town to Mukdahan, Thailand along the old hippy trail

Yesterday I documented the trip from Chiang Khan, Loei to Sri Chiangmai, Nong Khai.In this episode you can get a look at the river from Nong Khai town to Mukdahan.  This time of year, winter season…Continue reading


Isaan Live Update 24.11.11

Good morning, I am hitting the road again today. Heading, first generally north through Khon Kaen toward Loei Province and Chang Khan on the bank of the Makhong River. While driving through Khon Kaen…Continue reading


Wat Pa Tak Seua, Sangkhom, Nong Khai Isaan 25.11.11

As I previously posted the drive along the Mekhong River From Chiang Khan In Loei to  Sri Chiangmai in Nong Khai is well worth the drive The are very few places to view the river and valley from any…Continue reading


Part 2 The Mekhong River in Northeast Thailand, Isaan , Nong Kai to Mukdahan

Earlier this month I documented the trip from Chiang Khan, Loei to Sri Chianmai, Nong Khai. I have just retaravelled fo this year the area fron Nong Khai town to Mukdahan. More: Part 2 The Mekhong…Continue reading


Chiang Khan, Loei along the Mekhong to Sri Chiangmai, nong Khai 25.11.11, an Isaan Journey

I got out of “khao san road on the mekhong” aka Chiang Khan as soon as I photographed pseudo pindabaht and stopped at Keang Khut Ku for a might fine cup of espresso and some shots of the rocks in the…Continue reading


Another Look at Places Along the Mekong River in Northeast Thailand

Live from the Mekong River in Northeast Thaland

  by way of TRUE 3G and a Samsung Galaxy Camera by way of twitcasting. What I am sure s the first ever live broadcast to an international audience. For sure Ray @ozlao and a viewer from Canada…Continue reading


Tha Uthen, NKP, Isaan, Morning Market21.11.11

When travelling anywhere in Isaan, but especially along th Mekong, get up early in the morning a visit a morning market. The one in Tha Uthen is just the right size to experience life in a riverside…Continue reading


Blue Highways, Thailand,Friendship Bridge 2 to Mukdahan

I have driven along  the river road from Loei the Ubon Ratchatani, both directions, a number of times over the years and 3 things never cease to amaze me. First and foremost is the changes in the…Continue reading


And there was the rest of the Month

Well songkran is now just a memory and the rest of April has to be dealt with, so the 1st order of business is to wrap a few thing up here in Khon Kaen before heading down to Ubon. There stop to pay…Continue reading


Wat Pho Kham, That Phanom,Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, Buddhism

The Temple is located in Nam Kham village south of That Phanom and the Kham River. This is yet another of the isaan Mural temples from the Paper by Pairote Samosorn “E-sarn Mural Paintings” 1989. The…Continue reading


Along the Mekhong River Nong Khai town to Mukdahan, Thailand along the old hippy trail

nkp-13Yesterday I documented the trip from Chiang Khan, Loei to Sri Chiangmai, Nong Khai.In this episode you can get a look at the river from Nong Khai town to Mukdahan.  This time of year, winter season the river begins to reach its lowest levels and rapids and beaches line the banks. Many people cycle the whole route as it is generally flat and traffic is not to bad. The river is generally wide and flat through this region, with mountains appearing in laos near Beung Kan and down along the east bank to Mukdahan and onwards. I will soon be doing some posts with map information, as my maps are the only ones that show a majority of the sites along the way. Plenty of chances to meet the people of the region, enjoy the food and see the sites along one of the worlds famous rivers. Just be careful along the roads and find someplace to sleep as it turns dark early winters in Isaan

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International Silk Festival and Mekong Cultural Exchange in Khon Kaen, Thailand

and just another Tourism Authority of Thailand failure. Iff you click on the photo you can see that there is little  specific information in English I emailed the email address included in the TAT Newsroom and as usual got no response. I have attended this festival for a number of years and finding anything of any cultural importance is next to impossible amongst the booth after booth after booth of illegal CDs, and other jusnk that covers all the streets around the Provincial Offices.The festival takes place not  in front of Khon Kaen City Hall from 29 November to 10 December, 2013. The 12-day show has been scheduled to be filled with educational and recreational activities as well as shopping opportunities. but in front of the Provincial Offices There has  no way to get a correct schedule for years..

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Indochina Market,Mukdahan,Thailand

I have been visiting Mukdahan and the Indochina market there for nearly 20 years now and have seen a fair number of changes to that central riverfront area  over the years. I do miss some of the restaurants that were in the buildings on the west side of the riverfront road west side There is no doubt that the market is popular and is never empty, while truly packed on the weekends As it faces east afternoons and early evening are prime times. The market holds a mixture of bric -a-brac, kitsch, crafts, jewelry, local clothing, foods and more Unfortunatly the marquees, tents and other stuff set up on the riverside promenade really is a blot on the ambiance of the area, and allowing vehicles on what should be a picturesque walking street area takes away from the eperience. The Municipal Government in Mukdahan as in mant yares in Thailand simply does not have the expertise to….

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