Saturday the 24th we traveled out to Khamcha-I to visit the Mae Chee Kaeo Memorial and Relgious Practice Center. There seem to be about 20 or so white robed Mae Chee in residence. FRom there out to the Waterfall Park. This is another rapids and except for the usual trash was quite nice, but as usual the trail to the rapids unmarked.On to Wat Pa Wiwek Watthanaram, home to the late Ajahn Jahn. His funeral site is in what seems to be the “New Style” copying the Luangta Maha Boowa site. Visiting the Indochine Market and the post of Mukdahan went on till I departed on the 27th.
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Traveled on Road 223 to Na kae, Nakhon Phanom to get an aerial photo of Phra That Si Khun. Continued eastward to the two-one-two and turned south toward Mukdahan.
After a few kilometers turned east to Kaeng Krabao, or kha bao, or one if it’s many spellings. Most of the rocks that make up the kaeng are under water and will remail
so until December or January into April.
From the kaeng we travelled the river road south to Song Khon to use the drone at the Shrine of the Lady of the Martyrs.
I have posted about the situation on Nong Hann some time ago. On my return to isaan I noted the amount of work that went into this clearing. Over the past few weeks I have seen a definite increase in the infestation from a few years ago. Considering the money and training that has been offered to the Thai government to fight this infestation one might wonder what’s gone wrong. The Thai government is what is wrong.
The Lam Pao Reservoir is not at a level that local farmers might appreciate and are being told not to plant a second rice crop. When full the water w nearly reaches road level and during the dry seasson one can drive about 10 to 12 piers out. The 2 car ferrys that used to transport vehicles from shore to shore now serve as restaurants. The rectangular plots in the reservoir are fish farms and there are 100s of them. Finally I was a bit nervous about the bird surveillance that seemed to be taking place.
I guess posting a photograph of a place in Northeast Thailand, Isaan, with the name of the place is confusing to some people, sorry bout that. The idea being that a look at a place, or anywhere in the region, might provide an unique perspective to that place, that one might not see from a ground view. If someone needs an explanation of someplace, like That Phanom, a google search should not be too terribly difficult, one can even copy and paste the place name If you look at the album map, you can see where all of these places are located, located meaning where they are on a map. Bear in mind, hard as it might be to believe,information in Google is not always correct, so sometimes, if possible, it is best to sort some of these things out through independent research. I will not try to explain independent research as as I am too lazy.
I continue to try to play with the Power Director Android Application with little or no progress.For some reason I cannot process a video out of the app. Another problem is the suns reflection. The dealer in Bangkok is out of themand has them on order, hopefully arriving next week.
Also, while in the states I could actually plan activities during dodgy weather using weather apps, while here in Thailand I have had no joy with any of them.
I am going to head toward That Phanom and Mukdahan for the weekend, with a stop a Ruan Chit Chai along the way hoping to get some aerial views and more practice logged.
Putting together a video from flights is going to be a substantial part of the process. Right now windows movie maker is my default software, and I am looking at Power Director for Android. Cutting, Narration and Captions are the 3 functions that are needed.
My plan is to visit Camp Ruan Chit Chai, home to the 809th EBC Thailand and try to put together a post which will show the layout of the camp as it is today, so that they can sort out the historical buildings from the VietNam era.
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Ok I’ve only been back for a few days and I’m not really going to get into any discussion about the government and what’s going on here in Thailand. But when I found that restaurants are not allowed to serve alcohol until 11 a.m. I really understand foolishness of it all. If anyone thinks this will make any difference in the problem with alcohol in this country they more than likely have a drug problem themselves . What is that going to do to tourism in this country when people aren’t allowed to have a drink in a restaurant until 11 a.m. and must stop by 2 p.m. and then allowed to start again at 5 p.m.