Posts Tagged ‘phu phan’

Sakon Nakhon,Phu Phan Mountains and Somchai Resort,Thailand

There is a lot to see and do in the Phu Phan area and there are a number of resorts available. Last time up there we stopped at the Police station in the town of Phu Phan and had an interesting chat with a local officer. There are a number of places to be found and not found on Google… (more…)

The 238, Connecting Sakon Nakhon, Kalasin and Mahasarakham, Thailand

I received the following comment to my post Getting Around Sakon Nakhon Town,Thailand, Local Transportation
Baht buses, what are they? Do you have any pictures of them? Are they different from song teaw? Can you say some words about express buses from Mahasarakham to Sakho Nakhon? I heard they are the most punctual buses in this part of the country. Could you confirm that?
First of all Song Taew is Thai for 2 rows, which generally applies to the 6 wheel trucks that ply the countryside bring people and good from the rural villages to towns and back, while baht buses are regular 4 whell pick up trucks that provide local service in towns like udon,ubon and khon kaen in Northeast Thailand. They also travel into the villages outlying the towns, and,obviously carry smaller numbers of people

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Isaan, Northeast Thailand Road Adventures

More Crimes Against Humanity in Thailand

my truck being towed after being run off the road (A reminder for old readers. This is from Tom’s Desk so click on the Title…Continue reading


Driving in the Phu Phan Mountains from Sakon Nakhon to Kalasin,Thailand

The roads in Northeast Thailand are dangerous night and day, but driving through the Phu Phan Mountains in Isaan presents even more dangers, you might say one around every corner. Blind left hand…Continue reading


Sakon Nakhon to Ubon Ratchatani,Thailand and a look at the Mekhong River Winter 2013 Day 1

I left Sakon Nakhon to Mukkdahan en-route to the Mekong River the morning of the 20th of January. Saturday or Sunday mornings are usually nice times to travel as the local Thais are either aslepp…Continue reading


On Northeast Thai Roads During the Rainy Season

Thai roads are dangerous places to be at the best of times. Many are not well designed, especially as far as drainage and modern layout is concerned. Most are not crowned and banked curves are often…Continue reading



Phu Phan, a Children’s Library and a Childrens Day in Northeast, Thailand

Friday 26.08.11 update from Isaan

Tomorrow (Staurday) brings Episode 11 of the Isaan Live Podacast and once again it will be a Videocast. A talk with Khun Tasanee at the Children’s Library here in Khon Kaen and A library staff member…Continue reading


Children’s’ Day in Mukdahan, Thailand

After a beautiful morning out a Phu Pha Thoep we drove the 20 kilometers back into Mukdahan. Along the way was a billboard announcing the children’s day festivities and that they would be held out at…Continue reading


Sakon Nakhon, Thailand, Phu Pha Yon National Park, 16.08.12

From Khon Kaen we spent the Night in Kalasin to visit a friend and from the we travelled to Na Ku in Kalasin, more about that later, and from there the back road (still more about that, later) to Phu…Continue reading


A Visit to the Phu Phan Research Center in Sakon Nakhon, Thailand

So now that you have read the story of the Royal Initiative of the King,  just what is the place really like. The place is brilliant and if you are in Sakon Nakhon and do not take the time to…Continue reading


Phu Pha Yon National Park, Sakon Nahon

The sun came out for real and it got hot mid afternoon when I arrived at the park and went off in search of waterfalls. When I first saw the sign I figured I’d do the 800 meter trip, but as I got…Continue reading


Mukdahan, Thailand, Phu Kor Jor. the Forests of Thailand and More

Traveling with SANUK to Phu Kor Jor in Amphor Nong Sung,Mukdahan, Thailand

The other day I posted about the many books and brochures that get printed about tourism in Isaan in  SANUK and the search for places of Interest in Northeast Thailand a d one of the places visited…Continue reading


SANUK and the search for places of Interest in Northeast Thailand

What is SANUK, or in this case where is it. In this case SANUK is comprised of Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom and Mukdahan Provinces in Isaan, Northeast Thailand.  These acronyms and additional…Continue reading


His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the Forests of Thailand

Once again from the book From Roayal Initiatives, 60 Years of the People’s Happinessunder the Royal Aegis. In the section we read about the Forests of Thailand and the Initiatives to save and…Continue reading


Puparn (Phu Phan) Royal Development Study Centre, Sakon Nakhon,Thailand

Just who the hell does the Tourism Authority of Thailand work for anyhow. Not The Kningdom of Thailand, The Monarchy or the citizens. The Tourism Authority of Thailand ignores…Continue reading


A Whole Lot of Intercity Transporttation in Northeast Thailand and a Mountain Drive

Ubon Ratchatani to Sakon Nakhon, the Trip From Hell

I was posting about my trip on public transportation from Sakon Nakhon to Surin and on to Ubon Ratchatani to include the outstanding bus station there. And now the time has come to relate the last…Continue reading


Travel Sakon Nakhon to Bangkok, Thailand and Return a Review

I had to go to Bangkok the other day and in the interest of gathering more information about public transportation in the region I travelled on the 99 or 999 VIP coach both ways. They have both VIP…Continue reading


Driving in the Phu Phan Mountains from Sakon Nakhon to Kalasin,Thailand

The roads in Northeast Thailand are dangerous night and day, but driving through the Phu Phan Mountains in Isaan presents even more dangers, you might say one around every corner. Blind left hand…Continue reading


Sakon Nakhon to Kalasin to Roi-Et to Surin on the Buses in Northeast Thailand

Sunday morning is a safe time to travel,usually as school is generally closed, people are not going to work and the rest of the world is hung over. I hopped the 0700 Sakon Nakhon to Mahasarakham…Continue reading


Heavy Fog Out of the Phu Phan, Kalasin, Thailand

This time of year a roadtrip can be more dangerous than usual and the start of a long weekend especially so. Departing  Sakon Nakhon at about 0530 the sky looked okay so I decided that the Phu Phan route would be okay and it was until a bit more than 30 kilometers before Somdet in Kalasin, where it went pear shaped. The sky gat darka nd heavy fog set in. Thai drivers seem to think using headlight is expensive as they are very slow to turn them on. They also do not understand things like wet conditions and solid yellow lines. The long weekend put about 10 times the normal traffic on that road and if it would have been the same conditions in Somdet, Kalsin I would have pulled over as their are plenty of crashes on the road from there to Kalasin even in good weather.So here is the 2 minute or so  twitcast of the phu phan in the fog…

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Thailand Roads It’s A Jungle Out There, Isaan

On Northeast Thai Roads During the Rainy Season

Thai roads are dangerous places to be at the best of times. Many are not well designed, especially as far as drainage and modern layout is concerned. Most are not crowned and banked curves are often…Continue reading


Songkran 2012 Thailand 18 dangerous days this year

People will be on the road from Thursday evening 5 April till Monday morning 23 April this year.Chakri Day a Public Holiday falls on Friday the 6th of April. Songkran April 13-15 (Friday-Sunday and …Continue reading


Driving in the Phu Phan Mountains from Sakon Nakhon to Kalasin,Thailand

The roads in Northeast Thailand are dangerous night and day, but driving through the Phu Phan Mountains in Isaan presents even more dangers, you might say one around every corner. Blind left hand…Continue reading


Songkran Death Toll After Three Days

Songkran Roadway Deaths On The Rise Three days into the Seven Dangerous Days of Songkran and 116 lives have been lost on Thailand’s roadways. The first two days of Songkran there were 29 and 30…Continue reading


Drivers Education,Sakon Nakhon,Thailand

This 7 kilometer stretch of road into Sakon Nakhon is a dual carriage way with plenty of dangerous  U-turn spots and feeder roads with merges and exits. Thais tend to drive too fast for conditions,…Continue reading


The Two One Three (213) from Sakon Nakhon to Yang Talaat , Kalasin an Isaan Blue Highway. Up the Phu Phan

Road 213 is only about 160 kilometers in length, but like so many in Northeast Thailand travels through a diverse landscape. From downtown Sakon Nakhon at the intersection of Suk Kasem and Rop Muang roads, past the Bangkok and the Chamber of Commerce it heads southwest past the markets and into a divided dual carriageway past the Government complex on the right . The trough the Saereethai interchange, then the 223 interchange nd the Thai Watsadu hugh DIY complex finally beginning the climb in the phu Phan just past Ban Na Kham. A 12  kilometer or so run up the twisting road brings us to a fairly flat stretch. Roads 2106 and 2218 will take you west toward Kut Bak and Nam Phung Reservoir on your left. Not too far past Phu Phan town the road begans to twist and turn a bit before you begin the rise to the ridge that leads to the twisting descent to Ban Khamin
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