Updates From Tom’s Desk in Sakon Nakhon, Thailand

Saturday the 12th it is off to Nakhon Phanom for the Illuminated Boat Procession and Red Cross Fair. This is the first time in 18 years that I am attending this Tourism Authority of Thailand advertised event For the past few years I have much prefed the more laid back Auk Pansaa festival in Mukdahan and have always found the inflated lodging situation in Nakhon Phanom. 350 Baht a night places charge  up to five times the rate I have managed to find a place a bit off the beaten path that is only upping the rate for one night, so  7 night at 350Baht per and 1 night at 1500 baht Most places in town will be much higher The 19th being the main night the town will be full,
I will be posting updates, schedules and daily information about the festival. I hope to use the time to check out some caves listed and mapped by Caves of Thailand, as well as…

ajahn mun

Finding some Wats of interest in the Ajahn Mun history ” AFTER LIVING AND TEACHING the monks and the local population in the Udon Thani and Nong Khai areas for a considerable time, Ãcariya Mun moved eastward to the province of Sakon Nakhon. He traveled through the small villages in the forests and mountains of the Warichabhum, Phang Khon, Sawang Dan Din, Wanon Niwat, and Akat Amnuay districts.
He then wandered to Nakhon Phanom through the district of Sri Songkhram, passing through the villages of Ban Sam Phong, Ban Non Daeng, Ban Dong Noi, and Ban Kham Nokkok.
For three years Acariya Mun spent successive rains retreats in the area around Ban Sam Phong village

I have found the new Pho Restaurant on the ouskirts of Mukdahan and it looks as though there may be a branch of this chain open in Nakhon Phanom so I will also be checking it out.

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