Along the Mekhong in Ubon Ratchatani and a Samsung Crash

Day 2 of my Mekong trip started with a quick sunrise video at Haad Salueng and then off to Sam Phan Boke, 3,000 holes a short way down river. I am not sure what the government is up to but it is major. Buildings going in and land being cleared all over the place. The buildings are not riverside, which makes things all the more confusing, unless they are planning on deforesting all the land  (a few 100 meters down to the river). What the place needs is some regulation as far as future building and some planning, which of course this being Isaan in Thailand, is never going to happen.
As you will see in the video at the end of the post it seems they are even cutting a road into the bank of the river.
Once again beats me and there is no signage as well.
Moving on from there I noticed that my Samsung Note was acting up and after a reboot it simply locked up. I fired up the ASUS Transformer using my little Samsung phone as a wireless hotspot, but at 10 inches the tablet is just too big, which started me thinking about the 7 inch Samsung tablet as a possibility as a piece of equipment to carry. Northeast Thailand has no decent road atlas and without Google Maps exploring is next to impossible. I made the decision to cut short the trip after a stop at our Samnak at Phu Jiam Gum about 40 kilometers upriver of Khong Chiam and the onto the Samsung Service Center in Ubon.
I got to the samnak just as the folks were getting readyy to offer the food to the monks and was surprised to see Ajahn Tirradhammo, who I hadn’t seen in more than 25 years, bowl in hand. We had a wonderful visit after the meal and I hope to see him again in another 25 years, but it was off for a short stop in Khong Chiam before heading into Ubon town.
Khong Chiam is totally torn up roadwise so aftergoing into town it was a slow escape to get back on the road.

I did a quick stop at the Pak Mun Dam. With the Mekhong River dropping by the day and the dam gates closed valuable irrigation water is available for the people along the Mun River. I know the dam continues to be controversial and I have no interest in entering the conversation and am just making an observation. I am aware of the fact that folks are hurt during certain times in certain years during flood periods, but all in all the benefits seem to outweigh the problems

 

And now the promised look at Sam Phan Boke and no not Haad Salueng as I say when closing. And soon the rest of the trip ending back in Sakon Nakhon.

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