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Road Trip - Part 1
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    Isaan Road Trip Part 1 - Nakhorn Ratchasima - Nong Khai

    On Christmas morning my wife and I set off by car on a road trip around Isaan, taking in Ratchasima, Khon Kaen, Udon Thani, Nong Khai, Nakhorn Phanom, Mukdahan and Roi Et. We had a great time, met some lovely people, ate some delicious (seb seb) food and saw some interesting things.

    In Ratchasima (where my wife has family scattered around the province) after catching crabs with farmer Ute we travelled 14km to a small village temple where a cousin of my wife is a monk. His spiritual advice was that we should visit at least one temple in every province we visited - which we duly did.
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    Re: Road Trip - Part 1

    After a couple of days we moved on up north via Khon Kaen, where we only stayed a few hours. (I hope to go back to Isaan again and spend more time in each province.)

    We walked around the lake that seems to be at the heart of the town and took the cousin's advice to visit a temple, which was close to the lake. I don't remember the name of this wat but remember reading on a sign that it stood at over 40 metres tall and was built on the site of an older temple. There was also a temple school and a university building in the grounds.

    Around the lake there were bikes for hire. I particularly liked the bicycles made for three .
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    Re: Road Trip - Part 1

    And then on to Udon Thani, where we stayed the night and visited a historical park the next day.
    Phu Phrabat Historical Park is in Ban Phue district, about 60km northwest of Udon city. It's quite hilly and famous for its strange rock formations and ancient man-made structures. There are also ancient rock paintings but we didn't see any.
    In the first pic, the story goes that a local lord had a fortress built at the top of the rock to protect his daughter, but she fell in love with the man chosen to build her sanctuary and lit a candle at night to fool him into thinking it was the morning star so he wouldn't die of overwork. It was an unhappy ending, however. Her plot was foiled and she died of a broken heart.
    If you take the long route around the historical park there is a great view from the high point of the surrounding countryside.
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    Re: Road Trip - Part 1

    Incidentally, Phu Phrabat Historical Park costs 100 baht to visit if you are a foreigner and 20 baht for Thais. When you're done it's worth going down the road and taking a right turn up the hill to Phra Buddha Bhatha Bua Bhok. This is a funky phrang and a temple that I'm told stresses the Hindu influence on Thai Buddhism.
    When we visited there was a school trip cum art class going on.
    The last pic, which looks like a bird cage, is protecting a sacred Buddha's footprint.
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    Re: Road Trip - Part 1

    After Udon we continued north until we reached Nong Khai, city of the Naga and our first stop on the riverbank of the Mekong.
    Our hotel looked out over the river and the Friendship Bridge to Laos. We walked along the riverbank, where the hotel had planted some sunflowers, and in the evening visited a restaurant recommended by the hotel receptionist. In it's menu it says iTV (now NBT, I think) had one year voted it the best restaurant in Nong Khai. Nice Mekong fish and sai glot (Isaan sausage).
    It had been quite overcast so far on our trip and we caught some rare sunshine in Nong Khai.
    We stayed a second day and went to the Indochina Market and, of course, another temple.
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    Re: Road Trip - Part 1

    Another place we visited in Nong Khai, in the suburbs of the town, was Kaew Ku Sculpture Park. This is a small theme park with huge brick-cement sculptures depicting Buddhist stories and myths.
    See how big the sculpture is at the entrance - and how it was never finished. The 2nd pic shows how the sculptures were made. One pic shows dogs hounding the Buddha. I didn't realise until I uploaded the photos on the computer that one of the dogs is riding a motorbike.
    It all looks a bit weather-worn but quite a sight nevertheless.
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    Re: Road Trip - Part 1

    Hi there. I visited the same park (Phu Phrabat Historical Park) a couple of years back. Your photos bring back good memories. I'll have to figure out how to post photos here & put up one or two of mine. I have some photos of the rock paintings, too.

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    Re: Road Trip - Part 1

    Quote Originally Posted by Ned View Post
    Hi there. I visited the same park (Phu Phrabat Historical Park) a couple of years back. Your photos bring back good memories. I'll have to figure out how to post photos here & put up one or two of mine. I have some photos of the rock paintings, too.
    Thanks Ned, it's a bit out of the way but it was worth the trip. I wouldn't have liked to do it on a hot day.

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    Re: Road Trip - Part 1

    Quote Originally Posted by Ned View Post
    I'll have to figure out how to post photos here & put up one or two of mine. I have some photos of the rock paintings, too.
    Click the "Go advanced" button beneath the text box. On the new page scroll down to "manage attachments" button
    Click "browse" on box that opens to your photos
    Click "upload" when you are ready. Watch bottom for title and size of your pic to show.
    Done.

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    Re: Road Trip - Part 1

    A couple of out-takes of the riverbank in Nong Khai at night before moving on to Nakhorn Phanom - the favourite scenic spot on the trip for both of us.
    A phrang and someone floating a lantern.
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