Posts Tagged ‘nakhon-phanom’

Rocky is Dead, Long Live Rocky, an American story in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand

IMG_20160605_134249Rocky was stationed in Nakhon Phanom during the VietNam war, back in the late 60s. He stayed on, got Thai residency and more than likely opened the first Pizza Joint In Isaan. Rocky left NKP some years ago and lived in Sakon Nakhon and Khon Kaen and then moving to Korat.
A few weeks back I was on 1 of the VietNam era veterans Facebook pages and stumbled onto a discussion about Ho Chi Minh in Isaan and the Nakhon Phanom area. In the midst of the conversation Rocky’s name came up. I learned that Rocky had died. There was even a contributor who had even attended Rocky’s funeral.

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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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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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Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, a Retrospective

NKP retroI first visited Nakhon Phanom in 1998. Actually I had a brief stop at the airbase back in the early 70s, but have littler recollection of that trip. Back in the 90s there were no cell phones to speak of and the Indochina Market was a big old wooden structure. In the evening a guy would come and open up a small bar where Thais and westerners hung out. I forget what year they tore down the old mrket and built the new one, but most of the old food sellers and vendors were forced out by the hgh rents.
Over the years the town has had it’s ups and downs. Nowadays it is a great town to visit. Local authorities are building and maintaining well thought out public areas along the riverfront. Well marked bicycle paths and an attractive quay.

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Recycling Along the Mekhong River, Nakhon Phanom, Thailand

recycleThe Bueng Kan roadtrip was a pleasant few days, with a few exceptions. One exception being the drive down the Mekhong River road connecting Ban Phaneng to Ban Chaiburi in Nakhon Phanom. I hadn’t travelled the rout in more than 10 years and in that time the only thing that is happened is that a derelict road had become more so. But, like in much of rural Isaan one can always find that hidden gem. I often read about the Thai Government’s announcement of recycling or energy recovery schemes, but seldom see them working.

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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…)

ThatPhanom Riverview Hotel, That Phanom, Nakhon Phanom, Thailand

breakfastArriving in That Phanom on Thursday the 17th of September the first thing I did was get some aerial views of the That, as the weather had let up and predictions were not promising. I then headed over tho the Krit Sada Guest House only to find all sorts of construction work going on so I settled for the Krit Sada 2, which is okay, but not all that great. As Daeng was arriving Friday I drcided to check out the ThatPhanom Riverview Hotel. And what a mistake that was. The only redeeming factor about the place is the staff. They do there best to be helpful and  were always polite.

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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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