Posts Tagged ‘mukdahan’

Mae Chee Kaew, The Life of a Buddhist Nun in Northeast Thailand

kaewBhikkhu Silaratano (Ajahn Dick) is a senior western student of Luangta Maha Boowa . He translated the story from Thai to English
This book not only gives an insight into life in Northeast Thailand through the 1900s but into the history of Khammathana Dhutanga Buddhism during the time it was being formed in Isaan by Ajahns Sao and Mun. Reading about the teaching of Ajahn Sao and Mun and the impact they had on simple villagers in the forests and hills of the area is inspiring. We experience the life of an ordinary,uneducated Phu Thai girl who goes on to realize the ultimate truth and escape suffering in her lifetime. We see her interaction with her teacher Luangta Maha Boowa from the 1950s till her death in 1991.
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Phu Mu,Loeng Nok Tha,Mukdahan,Thailand and some VietNam era History and More

phu muBoth Phu Mu and Loeng Nok Tha Airstrip in Mukdahan, Thailand played a role during the Viet Nam War and while only remnants exist on Phu Mu the airstrip outside Loeng Nok Tha is still in use. I read what is available on the internet about OPERATION CROWN. And I found some recently updated information about Phu Mu- Leong Nok Tha online as well.
It is an interesting set of stories in itself and of course I had to go visit the sites myself. Looking at the photos from the 90s not much has changed on Phu Mu. The road is passable and potholed, it is probably the same road that the western engineers laid. Some nice views from the top. It is a narrow ridge so everything is sort of right there. For some reason I messed the swimming pool and could not find a Budweiser anywhere, but worth the trip
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Temple Paintings In Northeast Thailand

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

The 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…Continue reading


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Mukdahan, Thailand, Khao Pansaa, Part 2

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Saturday the 24th we traveled out to Khamcha-I to visit the Mae Chee Kaeo Memorial and Relgious Practice Center. There seem to be about 20 or so white robed Mae Chee in residence. FRom there out to the Waterfall Park. This is another rapids and except for the usual trash was quite nice, but as usual the trail to the rapids unmarked.On to Wat Pa Wiwek Watthanaram, home to the late Ajahn Jahn. His funeral site is in what seems to be the “New Style” copying the Luangta Maha Boowa site. Visiting the Indochine Market and the post of Mukdahan went on till I departed on the 27th.

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Across the Mekhong River, Immigration, Thailand, Laos

99vipFor the first time in many, many years I had to travel to Laos for visa purposes. The first part of my double entry tourist visa was about to expire, I didn’t want an extension now, so it was off to Laos to use part 2. In order to board the 0700 one should arrive at the Mukdahan bus station by 0600 to queue up to get a ticket for the bus that will take you to immigration at the bridge. Why not simply have immigration and customs at the bus station? is beyond me. At the bridge everyone must dismount go through immigration, once officer got makeup appled, and get back on said waiting bus. 45 minutes from bus station through immigration.
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Mukdahan, Thailand, Khao Pansaa, Part 1

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Traveled on Road 223 to Na kae, Nakhon Phanom to get an aerial photo of Phra That Si Khun. Continued eastward to the two-one-two and turned south toward Mukdahan.
After a few kilometers turned east to Kaeng Krabao, or kha bao, or one if it’s many spellings. Most of the rocks that make up the kaeng are under water and will remail
so until December or January into April.
From the kaeng we travelled the river road south to Song Khon to use the drone at the Shrine of the Lady of the Martyrs.
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Than Nouhak Phoumsa-vanh Monument, Mukdahan, Thailand, Tourism Authority of Thailand

 

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During my last trip to I was able to update my Isaan Provinces Brochure collection thanks to the staff at the Tourism Authority of Thailand office being absent. I realize my eyes are 67 years old, but I have yet to meet anyone who thinks the font size in the brochures is reasonable, or readable for the matter.
Never mind the font, the information is the usual collection incomplete and confusing information the Tourism Authority of Thailand is best at. One site in particular crossed my eye was one I had just notices driving the new section of the river road to the bridge from upriver. The Than Nouhak Phoumsa-vanh Monument seemed a place worth a visit (more…)

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

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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 for places of interest along Route 2287 to Nong Kaen and route 2292. While it looks logical to follow Route 3008 on to the 212 beware that this road is under construction, and I would advise checking out condition before travelling that route.
The Sakon Nakhon and Mukdahan of the 2287 in the section through the mountains (look in Google Earth or Maps in Satellite mode) is an are with little or none 3G signal, nor any type of signal, which makes it difficult to locate places of interest. There are plenty of caves and temles of interest along the route, but finding them is a bugger…

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