Posts Tagged ‘ubon ratchatani’

Buddhism, Wat Tham Khuha Sawan, Luang Poo Khamkhaning, Ubon Ratchatani, Thailand

khuha sawanThe compound of Wat Tham Khuha Sawan stands on the bluff overlooking Khong Chiam town in Ubon Ratchatani. Many spendid buildings, chedis and shrines to include a huge white Ubosot stand on the property.
The real gem at the temple is Luang Poo Khamkhaning who lies in state in glass coffin intact since his death in 1985 at the age of 91.
He spent time when a child as a novice before becoming a recluse for 15 years. He was so respected that the King of Laos patronized his ordination into Buddhist monkhood.
He traveled the caves and quiet places of the region, supported by laypeople in the area. As a Buddhist monk he lived on the alms given him daily by the local villagers in remote areas of the region…

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Tham Patihan, The Longest Known Sandstone Cave in Thailand, Ubon Ratchatani,Thailand

pattihan caveIs located in Wat Tham Patihan. Now the Tourism Authority of Thailand sees no reason to list the fact that it is the longest known sandstone cave in Thailand. I doubt they know it. From my searches over the years I have not seen any information, but then the Prime Minister of Thailand thinks there are 77 Provinces in the country and no government agency seems to know the number of sub-districts, Tambons. Once again it is westerners that seem to have the correct data about Thailand. I have visited the site twice once with no time to explore and once the generator providing light was out, and me without a proper torch. I finally got into the cave 22 December 2015 and the attached video shows what I saw.I was told that the cave was a few kilometers long but tend to accept the information by the only people who seem to have any clear concise somewhat complete information about the caves of Thailand, Hepton Mallet Caving and  Caves and Caving in Thailand

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Ajahn Mun, Buddhism, Kham Bhong, Phu Loen, Si Mueang Mai, Ubon Ratchatani, Thailand

In his Biography of Ajahn Mun Luang Ta Maha Bua (Boowa) writes
At the age of fifteen he ordained as a novice in his village monastery where he developed an enthusiasm for the study of Dhamma, memorizing the texts with exceptional speed. A young novice of affable character, he never caused his teachers or fellows any trouble.
Two years into his new way of life his father requested him to give up the robes, and he was required to return to lay life in order to help out at home. However, his fondness for the monk’s life was so pronounced that he was certain he would ordain again some day. His good memories of life in a monk’s robes never faded. Thus, he resolved to enter the monkhood again as soon as possible. This strong sense of purpose was due, no doubt, to the power of that indomitable faith, known as saddhã, which was such an integral part of his character.

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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.

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Adventures in Ubon Ratchatani, and Sakon Nakhon

Local Transportation in Sakon Nakhon,Thailand

I do not know about the rest of Thailand, but here in Northeast Thailand, Isaan, the tuk-tuk or motorized samlor is the taxi, if, of not choice, of availability. When I arrived here in Sakon Nakhon…Continue reading

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Out and About, Mukdahan, Ubon Ratchatani, and Sakon Nakhon, Thailand

From Mukdahan to Ubon Ratchatani, Follwing the Mekhong River.

Remember to buy petrol the night before you leave as stations in town are not always open early,although now a days north of town the PTT is pretty much a 24/7 operation. I always try to get to Phu…Continue reading

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Nakhon Phanom, Ubon Ratchatani, Surin and More Isaan, Thailand

Illuminated Boat Procession and Nakhon Phanom, Thailand Red Cross Fair 12 to the 20 October 2013

ilum-boatAt Nakon Phanom Provincial Hall and along the Mekong River, Suntbon Wichit Road Join famous highlights of “La Rue Fai festival”, the wonderful Illuminated Boat Procession and the exciting fireworks…Continue reading


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Candle Festivals, Parades, Buddhism, Asalha Puja,Ordinations, Pansaa in Northeast Thailand

kpwAs the Rains Retreat, or the Pansaa aproaches the Tourism Authority of Thailand advertises the big Candle Festival in Ubon Ratchatani, and you you have not experienced it, it is well worth the visit. And the many sites around the city make it well worth staying on for a few days. But there are plenty of festivities and evnts around the region focusing on both celebration and Buddhism. At Buddhist Monasteries Aslha Puja is the Full moon day and ordinations take place. Pakhao to Samana and Samana to full Bhikkhu ordinations take place…

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Around Northeast Thailand by Good Bus or Bad Bus

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

Sakon NakhonhillI 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…Continue reading


Getting Around from and to Bangkok from Northeast Thailand and more

Read today via on of Thailand’s Nearly English Language Dailies, namely the Bangkok Post that  Transport Co to tighten safety for vans. Now how they plan to do that is beyond me as they cannot even…Continue reading


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


The Circus comes to Sakon Nakhon, or the Almighty Baht and Thai Buddhism

There was time when I would have found some of the things I see and hear in Thailand would have amazed me, now I know it is  just business as usual for Thai Buddhism. The other afternoon in Mukdahan…Continue reading