Google Maps and Nakhon Phanom,Thailand

phaengI was on the search for a number of locations in the Northernmost section of Nakhon Phanom. I did the usual searches in Google, Google Maps and for photos in Google Earth. One big problem is the uselessnes of Thai to English transliteration. For instance a placed spelled Tham Kio in English is actually pronounced Tham Kiou, as in ouch.. If you ask for Kio not Kiou you will get nothing but blank looks. Finding Wat Pha Setthaphon Phu Langka Nuea Priest’s Camp Site wa a piece of cake and a steep hike up the steps to the wat.  Ajahn Pra Jahk at 76 year is spry and an inspiration to talk with. Priest’s Camp is oftem used for places called Kham Pra, Monks area. Phu Langka National Park was right, more or less where Google marked it. It being a 4 kilometer walk to the Kong Khao Sriboon Nao Chedi and later in the day we decided to give the trip a bye…

Google placed Tham Kio Priest’s Camp Site, where I have placed the red triangle but it is in fact where I have posted it and spelled in Thai and pronounced NOT Kio as in oh. Tham Ki has an interesting cave area, but at 65 years old a cursory inspection was satisfying. Chai Buree where the Songkram river flows into the Mekong has 2 riverside restaurants, one on the overlook and one on the water. There is also a decent home-stay /guesthouse at the site. As you can see in the map and the Picasa Photo Map there are a number of other places of interest in the area. If the Google Map does not appear below Click Here

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