Posts Tagged ‘vietnam’

Phu Mu,Loeng Nok Tha,Mukdahan,Thailand and some VietNam era History and More

phu muBoth Phu Mu and Loeng Nok Tha Airstrip in Mukdahan, Thailand played a role during the Viet Nam War and while only remnants exist on Phu Mu the airstrip outside Loeng Nok Tha is still in use. I read what is available on the internet about OPERATION CROWN. And I found some recently updated information about Phu Mu- Leong Nok Tha online as well.
It is an interesting set of stories in itself and of course I had to go visit the sites myself. Looking at the photos from the 90s not much has changed on Phu Mu. The road is passable and potholed, it is probably the same road that the western engineers laid. Some nice views from the top. It is a narrow ridge so everything is sort of right there. For some reason I messed the swimming pool and could not find a Budweiser anywhere, but worth the trip
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From Somdet to Kalasin on the East West Economic Corrider, AEC, Thailand

AECI was given to believe that this 30 some kilometer road was finally complete as a dual carriage way. It is not. And I am fairly cerain the the section from Somdet to Mukdahan being dual carriageway remain just another Thai delusion.
The EWEC is meant to connect Myanmar to VietNam as part of the AEC . High Speed Railways, Tunnels through the Phu Phan mountains all are pipe dreams touted by successive Thai governments. Now talk about a rail line from Mae Sot to Mukdahan in Thailand….

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From Tom’s Desk, In Buddha’s Company

image The book itself is 226 pages to the end of the final chapter then notes, and index so on and so forth go on through to page 275. I also learned that there is a Vietnam Veterans Memorial for the Thai soldiers in Bangkok, but that it is in an out-of-the-way place that’s difficult for people to find more about that when I finish reading about it. anyhow I’m just into the first / last than a hundred pages actually and will be reporting more as time goes on but these are a couple of my first impressions.

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Nam Pong Airbase, Khon Kaen Province, Nam Pong District, Thailand

nampong-airbaseI get fairly regular searches looking for information about the airbase. I last visited the site in May of 2013 with Larry of Khon Kaen Retirement Fame
Here is what Wikipedia has to say. “Elements of squadrons that had previously been located in Da Nang, South Vietnam were moved to Namphong starting in June 1972. The advance party that first arrived landed to find basically an airfield in the middle of the jungle. At that time the base consisted of a runway, parking apron and a few wooden buildings…

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AEC, EWEC,SNRU, WTF another meeting in Thailand

The ASEAN Economic Community, The East West Economic Corridor WTF  I attended my first meeting of the kind on Sepember 11/12, 2001 in Nong Khai Thailand, a date easily remembered.

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AEC, EWEC,SNRU, WTF another meeting in Thailand

Ho Chi Minh in Isaan,Nakhon Phanom 19.11.11

Ho Chi Minh lived in Nakhon Phanom in the early 1900s and there has been a large Vietnamese community along the Mekhong River for yeqrs.

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Ho Chi Minh in Isaan,Nakhon Phanom 19.11.11