Posts Tagged ‘isaan’

Road 2287 Connecting Sakon Nakhon and Mukdahan,Thailand, A Scenic Alternative and Wat Phu Kampra

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This is a rerelease of the post with geotagged photos that can now be see at Google+. The usual route between Sakon Nakhon and Mukdahan is Route 223 to the 212 in That Phanom then south. Over the years I have taken a number of alternatives and recently started traveling and searching for places of interest along Route 2287 to Nong Kaen and route 2292. While it looks logical to follow Route 3008 on to the 212 beware that this road is under construction, and I would advise checking out condition before travelling that route.
The Sakon Nakhon and Mukdahan of the 2287 in the section through the mountains (look in Google Earth or Maps in Satellite mode) is an are with little or none 3G signal, nor any type of signal, which makes it difficult to locate places of interest. There are plenty of caves and temles of interest along the route, but finding them is a bugger…

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Holiday Hello, From Tom’s Desk

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Best wishes to all and thanks to Sean Sullivan for sending the following. I had never seen it before. Best to all

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit our best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all . . .

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46th Special Forces Camp, Nam Phung, Sakon Nakhon,Thailand

This is a reprint of this post, but see where the US Special Forces were in Sakon Nakhon, Thailand. Larry and I had been communicating with Joe, a  Vietnam era veteran who was moving to Thailand for some time. Joe finally arrived in Thailand and got up to Sakon Nakhon, looking to visit the old camp. I knew right where it was having visited it before so off we went. On the North side of the reservoir is the old airstrip and the 2 marker to the south east shows the location of the camp, now utilized by the Thais and the airstrip.
With the help of Khun Prasit, long time friend and mentor we finally got access to the camp and a guide of some rank. We did get to the site of the old runway which was pretty much overgrown. Our guide also took us to the site of what he called the old clinic, which Joe pointed out was not the old clinic….

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The Origin of Loi Krathong in Isaan, Thailand

krathongLoi Krathong occurs on November 14 2016. I first printed this, tongue in cheek stories more than few years ago, and without further ado…
More than 1,500 years ago Nagas ruled the waterways of the earth. From the white nagas of the Alps to the black nagas of the Nile. Over the years the slaughter of the Nagas for their skin, known throughout the world as Naugahyde, decimated their numbers.
But way back then 3 fierce Nagas, namely  Huu-aiy, Duu-aiy and Luu-aiy ruled a region along the Mekhong River that would become known as Isaan. The were firce and terrible. They would rape the men and sell the women of villages into slavery. They were short and darker than the other Nagas in the area. The Nagas from other parts of the River would call them lazy and stupid, which only tended to make Huu-aiy, Duu-aiy and Luu-aiy more irritable….
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In the Scaffolding of an Illuminated Boat, Nakhon Phanom,Thailand

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This video shows an Illuminated Boat being lit as close up as possible using my Samsung Galaxy Camera and should be viewed full screen.I have been posting photos and stories about the goings on at the Illuminated Boat Procession and Red Cross Fair in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand for a few days now and have beenn receiving questions and comments about the same So far I have found the Tourism Authority of Thailand advertesment the the fair starts on the 12th pretty much a fallacy as little is actually The boat races start on the 15th and the Illuminated Boat Procession and Parade takes place on the 19th While  there are no shortage of booths selling bric-a-brac, and associated Chinese junk Everyone selling the same food and watching the folks pass by, not buy…

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The Songkhram River (แม่น้ำสงคราม, ), Northeast, Thailand

songkhramPublished more than 4 years ago,this post still tell the story.
The Songkhram River, a tributary of the Mekong River originates in the hills between Amphor Nong Han in Udon Thani Province and Sawang Daeng Din district, Sakon Nakhon Province.From
there, it flows through Amphor Seka (Nong Khai Province), Wanon Niwat (Sakon Nakhon
Province),into to the Mekong River in, Chai Buri, Amphor Tha Uthen , Nakhon Phanom Province.
With a length of nearly 500 kilometers, the Songkhram River is the third largest tributary of
the Mekong and its drainage area extends over more than 13,000 square kilometers.

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Buddhism Ajahn Chah, Modern Isaan Blessing or Scourge

chah-sumedhoI found these words some years ago and thought it a good time to put into Isaan Live. It’s about a year since I first posted this Ajahn Chah story and being back in the States see this reflection on “Progress” pertinent.
“So much in life is called progress, but in the end seems only to be movement. “I (Ajahn Chah left Khon Kaen Friday Morning and it is now Sunday afternoon. I have seen flooding and drought in the same day, I have seen suffering and joy. The loss of crop and the harvesting of crop. I have seen disco and morning Puja. I have seen people caught up in face and people who know the reality and samsara of face.
Modern times rammed itself down the throats of many in Isaan. Every river that feeds the Mekong River dammed save one.

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Rocky is Dead, Long Live Rocky, an American story in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand

IMG_20160605_134249Rocky was stationed in Nakhon Phanom during the VietNam war, back in the late 60s. He stayed on, got Thai residency and more than likely opened the first Pizza Joint In Isaan. Rocky left NKP some years ago and lived in Sakon Nakhon and Khon Kaen and then moving to Korat.
A few weeks back I was on 1 of the VietNam era veterans Facebook pages and stumbled onto a discussion about Ho Chi Minh in Isaan and the Nakhon Phanom area. In the midst of the conversation Rocky’s name came up. I learned that Rocky had died. There was even a contributor who had even attended Rocky’s funeral.

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Illuminated Boat Procession,Nakhon Phanom, Thailand

ilumnkpBook soon if you are planning on attending this year. Auk Pansaa Falls on 16 October 2016. A llok back to October 2013, The town filled to the bursting point starting early the morning of the 19th. 1,000s of big Bangkok Motorcycles, Mercedes and tour buses. Sunthon Wijit Road filled with pedestrians and unfortunately the road was never closed to vehicles Or if it was, the law as usual, was ignored. By sunset kerosene fumes and smoke filled the riverfront. It was the first time at any event in Isaan since 3G became available that I experience total gridlock. Everyone, nearly was Lining and Facecebooking. About 1930h a bit of bandwidth appeared and I was able to tweet the odd photo, but any idea of twitcasting was just a dream.
Spending most evenings of the week with a number of very helpful government officers provided an addition insight and provided a wealth of information that I will post soon. Enjoy the video for now,,,

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Mae Chee Kaew, The Life of a Buddhist Nun in Northeast Thailand

kaewBhikkhu Silaratano (Ajahn Dick) is a senior western student of Luangta Maha Boowa . He translated the story from Thai to English
This book not only gives an insight into life in Northeast Thailand through the 1900s but into the history of Khammathana Dhutanga Buddhism during the time it was being formed in Isaan by Ajahns Sao and Mun. Reading about the teaching of Ajahn Sao and Mun and the impact they had on simple villagers in the forests and hills of the area is inspiring. We experience the life of an ordinary,uneducated Phu Thai girl who goes on to realize the ultimate truth and escape suffering in her lifetime. We see her interaction with her teacher Luangta Maha Boowa from the 1950s till her death in 1991.
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