Posts Tagged ‘ubon’

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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The Songkhram River, Mekhong River and more Northeast Thailand

The Songkhram River (แม่น้ำสงคราม, ), Northeast, ThailandriverThe Songkhram River, a tributary of the Mekong River originates in the hills between Amphor Nong Han in Udon Thani Province and Sawang Daeng Din district, Sakon Nakhon Province.From there, it flows…Continue reading


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Nakhonchai Air, Inter-provincial Transportation, Northeast Thailand

Nakhon Chai Air Transport Company in Northeast Thailand

NCA is arguably The best land transport option in Isaan. Bangkok to Ubon Ratchatani, to Khon Kaen with ongoing service to Udon Thanai. And serice to Chiang Mai in the North. Their clean well…Continue reading


Phra That Nong Bua, Ubon Town and Much More in Ubon Ratchatani,Thailand

In honor of 2500 years of Buddhism Wat Nong Bua was built in 1955. The edifice is a replica of the Great Chedi at  Buddhagaya in India which enshrines Holy Relics. When originally built, it had a width of 5m. and 17m. high.  When renovated with new coverings, it had been enlarged to 17m. wide and 56m. high. The renovation was completed in 1969. Virtual Tourist is the onle website that mentions the age and origin of the That. Some even talk about it as ancient or historic or more. It ceryainly is worth a visit as a tourist, but is of little interest as a Buddhist site. With Places like Nong Pa Pong, Wat Pa Nanachat and many many more in Ubon town
and around the Province those interested in Buddhism, Forest Buddhism and it’s history in the region have many better choices. Here is the Photosphere that I took at the That.

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Archeological Site at Wat Ban Kan Lueang, Ubon Ratchatani, Thailand

ubon-woodJust North of Road 231 on the North side of the Ring Road. Words like Prehistoric are bandied about, but much information has been translated to English and some of it raises more questions than are answered. I wonder why the second pit has been eliminated. At the wat is also an old wooden Ubosot that know one to include the monk I spoke with seemed to have a clue about. There is a small building across from the excavation that has a few more articles and the usual fortune machine.
This place is well worth a visit when touring Ubon. As I have said before traffic in Ubon is a big minus, but timing your trips, using the efficient taxi service and using the  plentiful baht buses makes experiencing Ubon City for a few days a pleasant experience

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Thung Si Muang Park, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Ubon Ratchatani, Thailand and More

Has a wealth of places to visit in town as well as a miserable traffic situation, Temoles with associations to Ajahns Sao and Mun and their students. Ubon has been a center of learning and Buddhism for many years. The meter tai situation as well as a vey good baht baht system makes beating the traffic quite possible. The park is the center of action early mornings and evenings. The nearby Tourism Authority of Thailand office has a friendly helpful staff. While talking to one of the staff who wa helping me find a location in Mukdahan that was not listed by Tourism Authority of Thailand he still had enough knowledge of the area to be of help. They also have a pretty good map of the attractions in town, which also has some decent baht bus info. Good on Tourism Authority of Thailand, Ubon I wish there were more Offices like this one.

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On the Road Sakon Nakhon to Nakhon Phanom and Onward Update

Pansaa or the Rains Reteat is a good time to catch of with monks, both Weastern and Thai that I have known over the years if the are in Isaan,. This is the period when they all stay in monasteries for the 3 months. So it is off to take some photospheres and photograps and take a look at the state of the Mekhong, waterwise. A bit of twitcasting will check the rural 3G signal up here in Isaan and give me a chance to tell the story while driving through the countryside on a quiet Sunday morning. A heavy storm has been predicted, but I have my usual trust of a government body, so I have been enjoying the sunshine and light local showers along the way. Hopefully I will make it down to Ubon and Wat Pa Nanachat and elsewhere and if the rains hit change plans , whatever comes along the way.

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Wat Tham Khuhasawan, Luang Poo Khamkhaning,Ubon Ratchatani,Thailand

The compound of  Wat Tham Khuhasawan stand on the bluff overlooking Khong Chiam town in Ubon Ratchatani. Many spendid buildings, hedis 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 1985at 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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180,000 kilometers on the Road in Northeast Thailand

After seven years and the best part of 180.000 kilometers the time came to retire the Isaan Nissan from service. Most of those kilometers came in the past 4 years, or since internet access became somewhat widespread in Northeast Thailand. The ability to use google maps while searching for places and events is a miracle in a region that, to this day, does not have recent road maps or atlases. The rear cargo door suffered the dings and scrathes of the ever alert motrcycle and tuk tuk drivers for years. Once an attack to the front left wing by a motorcycle and once force of the road on a rainy morning enroute from Udon to Sakon Nakhon.
I’m not sure how many kilometers I covered during the “not” floods of 2011, but is was many. The Pong River from Ubil Rattana to Mahasarakham. The Chee river from Mahasarakham to the confluence with the Mun and around Ubon.
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