Posts Tagged ‘sakon-nakhon’

On the Road in Sakon Nakhon, Thailand, What’s the Law

pogoOr who cares anyhow. The main point of the post is Bike lane law. As far as I know itis against the law to drive on a bike and as well as illegal to park, stop or block a bike lane. Igf that is the case, and if the law would be enforced there would be a bunch of irate Thai business owners. Not only that it will be the cause of even more accidents in one of the most dangerous areas in theworld to be on the road. In generel Thais do not follow the Rules of the Road for a couple reasons, They don’t know or they don’t care. It will be interesting to see what if anything is done to enforce bike lane laws, along the new bike lane routes in Sakon Nakhon and elsewhere. (more…)

Sakon Nakhon, Thailand, Search for the Green Beret Club

I, over the years, have managed to find and or visit a number of the places that were used by American troops during the Viet Nam War years. Larry, of Khon Kaen Retirement and I have visited those sites and many other places of Historical interest on our road trips and hopefully still have more to find.
One of the 1s I’m working on at the moment is the NCO club that was located in Sakon Nakhon back in the day. Hopefully-this video will help jar some memories. I also have some Thai folks trying to recollect, always a dodgy deal.
Check out the video,anyone with any info, let us know.


Chit Phumisak,Jit Phoumisak,Communists,Sakon Nakhon,Thailand

jitfirst posted in 2013. The other day the Bangkok Post one of Thailand’s Nearly English Language Dailies posted a story, Jit statue to go up next month. I have been familiar somewhat in the Free Thai Movement and the Communist happenings in Northeast Thailand for some time. Also I just found out I know some people who are members of the Jit Bhumisak Foundation. So living in Sakon Nakhon and interest for a number of reasons I beefed up my resaerch.
First of all the Posts states His anti-nationalist writings, which included a Thai translation of Karl Marx’s The Communist Manifesto, landed him in trouble with the regime of Marshal Sarit Thanarat, but fails to mention that the translation  was hired by the U.S. embassy to help assist William J. Gedney, an American linguist working in Thailand, to translate The Communist Manifesto into Thai (in an attempt to scare the Thai government into taking a tougher stance against communism).

46th Special Forces Camp, Nam Phung, Sakon Nakhon,Thailand

Larry and I had been communicating with Joe, a  Vietnam era veteran who was moving to Thailand for some time. Joe finally arrived in Thailand and got up to Sakon Nakhon, looking to visit the old camp. I knew right where it was having visited it before so off we went. On the North side of the reservoir is the old airstrip and the 2 marker to the south east shows the location of the camp, now utilized by the Thais and the airstrip.
With the help of Khun Prasit, long time friend and mentor we finally got access to the camp and a guide of some rank. We did get to the site of the old runway which was pretty much overgrown. Our guide also took us to the site of what he called the old clinic, which Joe pointed out was not the old clinic….


Free Thai Movement and More Heroes from Isaan, Northeast Thailand

mapHere I am forcing these old eyes to try to research more about the Free Thai Movement that took place in Isaan after the Thai  Government kissed Jap ass. Or as a Thailand’s Nearly English Language Dailies would say were forced to capitulate. one  of the names I am interested in, in relation to the free thai movement and communist movement in the 70s are mentioned,Khrong Chandawong,also mentioned Tieng Sirikhan whose name and likeness I have already come across in my searches.


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


Sakon Nakhon, Public Transportation, Thailand

accident1It took more than 2 weeks to get the car repaired so I was relegated to Taxi Cabs or piblic transportation. The taxi company,as in many of Isaan cities, is supported by the Mafia in Uniform AKA Thai Government Officers. The law as I understand it states meter taxis MUST operate by meter. As far as I know the only 2 towns in the region where meter taxis truly exist are Khon Kaen and Ubon Ratchatani. Those 2 towns also have the brst public transportattion systems.
Whatever the case any system is better than none for the people who have no other option. The other reality is that no matter how efficient a system is it is operating on the streets and roads of Thailand, a dangerous situation at best.


From Tom’s Desk, March Madness, Sakon Nakhon, Thailand

guinnessMarch Madness refers to the Annual Collegiate Basketball Tournament in the United States, but in this case March in Northeast Thailand Madness. At 68 my short term planning includes the next 5 minutes, medium term the next couple hours and my long term planning is the rest of today.
But then there is simple convention and planning for the months ahead has to happen. Looking a options and next couple years the 2 big factors are my age and the situation in Thailand.
After 17 months of dealing with the Veterans Administration I have been granted 100% service connected disability status, which has had a major impact on a number of situations.
Whatever he case I have tonnes of Isaan related projects while in the States.


Samsung Alert, Sakon Nakhon, Thailand

appropriatedSamsung Alert, Sakon Nakhon at the Robinson Life Center or Mall or whatever it is called. My 10 inch Samsung Tablet was weirding out and since I do 90+% of my worrk, to include blog posts on it I decided to get a back up device. I went to the Samsung shop at the Mall in Sakon Nakhon,.
The first thing that struck me when talking to the sales person, at the Official Samsung Outlet was that he did not even know which tablets were four or eight core. Having told me the tablet I selected was 4 core, I suggested he check that information. Laughing and stating “farang doesn’t know” he got the brochure that showed” arrogant salesperson is clueless” and it was in fact 8 core. Always remember that Thailand is the land of Appropriated Technology.