Posts Tagged ‘Tourism Authority of Thailand’

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.

Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thailand Tourism Map

tat mapWhen the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thailand Tourism Map led me to Wat Pa Si Wongkot, Khao Key Ree Wongkot, Amnat Charon, Thailand I thought they might have actually gotten an Application right. As I ivestigated the Application a bit more thoroughly I saw that, as usual, it is just another fail. It even still lists the Isaan Life and Culture Exhibit, Rajabhat University Sakon Nakhon, Thailand. I  spent a number of days travelling to sites that appeared as “Tourist Places” layer in th Application and found some correct, some misplaced but findable, some un-findable, and some nonexistant. The app is very slow to load and if on the road you will have to have a data connection. It uses a proprietory map, transferring to Google Maps is difficult at best, nearly impossible. No lat/long info given.


Wat Pa Si Wongkot, Khao Key Ree Wongkot, Amnat Charoen, Thailand

wongkotI actually, for a short time, thought that the Tourism Authority of Thailand might have finally gotten th whole application thing sorted when I stumbled upon the Wat Pa Si Wongkot, Khao Key Ree Wongkot, Amnat Charon, when I happened onto the Thailand Tourism Map App which led me to “Khao Khiri Wongkot”. More about the Application and further investigation later. I was led to the site to discover the place has a number of names, the most used, and known seems to be  Wat Pa Si Wongkot.
I ended up staying about an 2 hours. A short chat with the 2 Bhikkhu in residence and the 4 folk who helped with the meal. I did a tour of the maze as best I could. Kutis and the necessary toilet facility, rock formations and paths. After about a half out sitting meditation it was time to move on down the road.


Isaan Life and Culture Exhibit, Rajabhat University Sakon Nakhon, Thailand

The Isaan Life and Culture Exhibit, Rajabhat University Sakon Nakhon, Thailand has been closed for nearly 4 years now, but no one has told the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Nothing new there the Tourism Authority of Thailand has adverised a train tour from Khon Kaen to Roi-Et where there is no train line, advertised a tourism site in Kalasin that had been closed for 10 years and moved the big Singha golf course in Khan Kaen.
Larry, Khon Kaen Retirement and I were updating some stuff at Isaan Live which sent me to the latest TAT brochure for Sakon Nakhon Province where I read


Suan Hin Pha Ngam Park,Loei, Thailand, Isaan Kunming,Google Maps and GPS

kunmingUpdate 01 February 2016
I you happent to find Suan Hin Pha Ngam Park on the Tourism Authority of Thailand website you will learn that This Park has limestone mountains that have eroded over time to form an interesting shape, similar to that in Kunming in China. A path, which winds through the rocks, takes visitors to the lovely Suan Hom and Phiang Din Waterfalls. The park is south of town ( Wonder which town they are talking about )on Highway No. 201. Proceed past Wang Saphung to Nong Hin then take another road for 20 kilometers. They go on to inform you that the park is located in Amphor Pheu Rua, which is still more Tourism Authority of Thailand delusionas it is located in Nong Hin District. And it is open 24 hours a day. I would not want to go wandering in the middle of the night, but most certainly would like to see the fine folks at Tourism Authority of Thailand give it a try.

Tourism Authority of Thailand or Isaan Live, Up to You, Ubon Ratchatani, Thailand

arch-ubonGetting ready to head downriver to Ubon Ratchatani to pick up some Thai language Dhamma books from Wat Pa Nanachat and was checking my Ubon map and looking for other attractions, when I happened into the fiction and National Embarrassment that is the Tourism Authority of Thailand. You can go to their website titled Kanlueng Museum or Archeological Site at Wat Ban Kan Lueang, Ubon Ratchatani, Thailand to learn about the site. My photos are geotagged I spelled the wat name so that it can be found in Google Maps, or on my Ubon Map.


Than Nouhak Phoumsa-vanh Monument, Mukdahan, Thailand, Tourism Authority of Thailand



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…)

From Tom’s Desk, Android Application Review, Alongways

alongwaysAs most readers know, I am not a big fan of pay for applications. Alongways is another exception to my semi-rule. I paid aproximatly $US1.00 for the app which I can install in any, or all my Android devices. A quick open of the thumbnail will show you exactly what it does. Give it a route from A to B and it will point out stuff along the way. From restaurants to places of interest.

I have already found enough places along the way on my next road trip to feel that the application has paid for itself.

This would be just the ticket for Northeast Thailand if the Tourism Authority of Thailand, or any other Government Agency had a clue. But first they need a database…., which all these years on is still not accomplished. It is a great app and I look forward to benefiting from it on all my roadtrips…


Nezha, Beung Kaen Nakhon, Khon Kaen, Isaan, Thailand

nezhaBack on 09.10.11 the Chinese community dedicated the new Nezha statue at the Beung.  Here is an exerpt from wikipedia or, which seems to match other things I have read. I have received a number of questions about the statue and story

. As a matter of fact someone told me that they went into the Tourism Authority of Thailand office, that is now located nearby on Beung Kaen Nakhon and they didn’t have a clue, not even knowing the name. Anyhow following is a little help from Wikipedia which seems to be generally correct.  Click to read the whole article