Posts Tagged ‘nong khai’

River Road Trip, Chiang Khan to SriChiangMai, Thailand

road trip=smThe River Road Trip, Chiang Khan to SriChiangMai, Thailand also included a couple stops enroute. A hort stop a the Kunming of Loei, which was busy even on a weekday, must be that Tourism Authority of Thailand domestic tourism push. It is easy to figure out I see Chiang Khan as a rip-off, but find the Mekhong River in Northeast Thailand well worth the visit. Once again Larry, Khon Kaen Retirement and I pulled off another great road trip

We started the next morning at a socked in kaeng Khut Khu and headed downriver. If the government put money into roads as opposed to riverwalks this would be a much nicer trip.. Listen to my comments on youtube

view the Photo Map of the trip

Along the Mekhong, Loei To Nong Khai, Thailand

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

 

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I Interview Gary Larsen, American Vice Consul In Udon Thani, Thailand back in the 70s

isaanI had known Gary for a few years and he was kind enough to sit dawn and tell some very interesting stories.

From Hippies in Northeast Thailand to the end of the wars in Southeast Asia Gary provides a unique personal look at the time and area.

Sorry about the background noise, but I am sure you will find this interview interesting.

Click Here to listen to the Interview 

Travels Along the Mekhong River in Isaan, Northeast Thailand

Along the Mekhong River Chiang Khan, Loei to Sri Chiang Mai, Nong Khai, Thailand Part of the old Hippy Route

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 mighty fine cup of espresso and some shots of the rocks in…Continue reading


The Mekhong River in Northeast Thailand, Isaan 01.12.11

Late last month I began my latest tour of the Mekhong River at Chiang Khan in Loei Province and contiued downriver to Sri Chiang Mai in Nong Khai Province. My first post, linked here, presents the…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


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


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


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


Forest Buddhism, Ajahn Thate, A Formula for Sleeping or not Sleeping

I met a few western monks who were students of Ajahn Thate while in England in the 80s and read a bit that was available in English. When I got to Thailand in 1995 I visited Wat Hin Mak Paeng, where he lay in state before his funeral. Thousands of folks were there, maqny to pay their respects and many who stayed on day to day feeding and looking after the visitors. This was a time before cell phones and digital cameras, a time much different to the period of morning and Luang Ta Maha Boowa’s funeral. He wrote his autobiography “The Autobiography of a Forest Monk” which is easy to find as a PDF. It is much more accurate and to the point than many of th Biographies of monks that are written by their followers who tend to embellish and leave out the warts and low points. Ajahn Thate was one of the earliest and most senior of those who joined Ajahn Mun as a Dhammayut monk in the Forest Tradition….

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Songkran, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

songkran2011Of course I am going to miss Songkran 2014. Having experienced 18 of them I have learned to see the, yeah you got it, the good the bad and the ugly in the 3 to 30 days of fun, madness and carnage in Thailand. It is Christmas, Easter and Mardi Gras all rolled into one. All in all my favorite place for Songkran was Bueng Kaen Nakhon in Khon Kaen. Families doing their loop around the lake, stopping to have a meal. Brothers an sisters back from the States or Europe or Oz paying their respects to the family elders. Sadly the road deaths are are big part of the bad. Drunk driving, speeding and little help from the Government.

The ugly of course are the tourist ghettos set up by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Declared Alcohol  Free areas they are full of inebriated Thais and westerners making a mockery out of the occasion (more…)

Khon Kaen University Art And Culture Center Listed Buddhist Temples in Northeast Thailand

20130711_154051Wat Pradit Thammakhun, Nong Khai, Thailand

This is another temple surveyed by the “Culture and Art Center” at  Khon Kaen University. They make no mention of age as far as I can see. There are a large number of temples in central Nong Khai…Continue reading


Wat Si Sumang Wanaram, Mukdahan Thailand

The Culture and Arts Center at khon kaen university surveyed this monastery. I am still unclear as to why they chose the temples that they have, but as promised I am resurveying as many of the 81 on…Continue reading


Wat Pho Chai Ban Nong Hang,  Kalasin

Wat Pho Chai Ban Nong Hang in Amphor Kuchinarai in Kalasin Province is yet another temple surveyed by the “Culture and Art Center” at Khon Kaen University. As far as I can determine from a document I…Continue reading


Isaan,Isan, Northeast Thailand, Past and Present

Present in this case being nearly 13 years ago in this paper that was authored by Doctor Boonsom Yodmalee, of The Research Institute of Northeastern Art and Culture at M hasarakham University. I have…Continue reading


Wat Pijit Sangkharam, Buddhism in Thailand

Wat Pijit Sangkharam ????????????????? has been surveyed by “The Culture and Art Center” at Khon Kaen University. It is located in Non Yang, Nong Sung, Mukdahan and in a way is rather unremarkable…Continue reading


Along the Mekhong River Chiang Khan, Loei to Sri Chiang Mai, Nong Khai, Thailand Part of the old Hippy Route

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 mighty fine cup of espresso and some shots of the rocks in the morning mist.AS the river recedes the rocks and beaches begin to appear along this, nearly 200 kilometer of river.
The are plenty of places to stop and admire the views with Laos to the left and the hills of Isaan to the right.
Pak Chom the main town along the way has 3 resorts, reasonably priced. One with wifi and a restaurant.
I would suggest this trip to anyone interested in beauty, quiet and nature.
Whatever you do, do not spend the night in Chiang Khan as it is overpriced, overcrowded and a sham.
I would also offer an option on arrival at Sri Chiangmai…

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