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    A year in Thailand Pt.15 (Isaan)

    Loei

    OK! So after leaving Chiang-Mai i headed for Isaan. The first province i visited was Loei and as you will see why from the pictures, is refered to as the "sea of mountains"

    Completely off the tourist trail i had no idea what to expect from Loei. However, i was pleasently supprised and was absolutly spoilt for choice for things to do and see. The plan is to spend an average of 4-5 days in each of Isaan's 14 regions which will tally up to around 2 months for this area but even if i spent a week or more in each region it still wouldn't be enough time to do and see everything. You have it all from national parks, caves, waterfalls, wats, areas of natural beauty, view points and more.

    The first day, as always i just explored the town on foot, went to the local T.A.T centre to get maps and information and just got my bearings and settled in. There was a nice public park to walk around called Ruam Jai Chaloem Phra Kiat which was also close to the city pillar shrine and Chao Pho Kut Pong shrine all set beside the Loei river. Also at the back of town was the queen's 60th anniversary park which was also set beside the Loei river and the local sports stadium. I then hired a motorbike for the next 4days and hit the day trips full on.

    Loei town is where i stayed, which is in the centre of the Province of the same name. Loei province is made up of many districts and during my day trips on the motorbike, i traveled huge distances each day going from district to district. The 1st day i headed north traveling from Loei town to Chiang Khan then to Pak Chom and back again visiting sites such as the Mekong river (the river that boarders Thailand and Laos) Kaeng-Khut-Khu (A small islet in the middle of the Mekong river, however, it's more visible during the dry/low water season- so not now lol) Phra phuttabat phukhwai ngoen (Apparently this is the site of a revered buddah foot print, though all i saw was what looked like a construction site, however, got some amazing views of the surrounding area)

    The 2nd day i went west from Loei town to Tha Li visiting Phra That Satcha (A Laos style 33 metre high stupa) and Pha Pu Cave (A small but nice cave with some monkeys to welcome you at the entrance)

    3rd day i headed south from Loei town to Wang Suphang then to Nong Hin visiting Suan Hin Pha Ngam rock garden (A limestone mountain that has eroded over time to form what you now see. Also the surrounding area has amazing rock formations and is pure eye candy) 2 waterfalls (Suan Hom and Phiang Din waterfalls. Don't know if it was due to the heavy rain the night before of if there's another reason but the water at both falls was a muddy colour) and Bodhisattva Cave (This cave was a bit bigger than the other one and a local monk guided you around with his lamp, a donation of any amount, up to you, is then expected and worth it)

    The final and 4th day i headed east to Na Duang and saw Huai Lin Khwai reservoir (Just a reservoir, but to make perfect scenery even better, just add water) Wat Tham Pha Ya (a small temple that has 100's of steps leading up into a cave at the peak of a mountain affording great views of the surrounding area)

    I rode around a large part of the Loei province during my trips and really got to see some amazing scenery. Ranging from small villages, to rice paddys to mountains as far as the eye can see. The pictures catch a moment in time and look great but they don't give you perspective, you have to see the size and vastness of this type of landscape with your own eyes to truely appreciate it.

    So yeah, i loved Loei and will return in the future to see what i didn't this time around.

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    Monkeys (Ling) at Pha Pu cave

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    Re: A year in Thailand Pt.15 (Isaan)

    Quote Originally Posted by Arwing View Post
    The plan is to spend an average of 4-5 days in each of Isaan's 14 regions which will tally up to around 2 months for this area but even if i spent a week or more in each region it still wouldn't be enough time to do and see everything.
    By 'regions' do you mean the Provinces? If so there are actually 19 so maybe a few more weeks are needed.

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    Re: A year in Thailand Pt.15 (Isaan)

    No idea what this place is... if anyone can translate the sign?... i can't read thai, although i can read the numbers ... 1718 (a date perhaps). It had old tanks, planes and guns etc so stopped and took a few pictures. It was close to Loei airport. Maybe a vintage army base.

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    Re: A year in Thailand Pt.15 (Isaan)

    To finish, a few views of Loei...

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    Re: A year in Thailand Pt.15 (Isaan)

    Quote Originally Posted by David_Loves_Ubonwan View Post
    By 'regions' do you mean the Provinces? If so there are actually 19 so maybe a few more weeks are needed.

    David
    I mean provinces when i say regions Though Nong-Bua-Lam-Phu didn't go according to plan and i only spent a few hours there (for reasons i'll explain in my next update of isaan ) before moving to Udon Thani which is where i am now (though heading to Nong Khai in a few days)

    So what are the 19 provinces? i only know Loei, Nong-bua-lam-phu, udon-thani, Nong khai, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Kalasin, Khon Kaen, Maha Sarakham, Roi-et, Ubon Ratchathani, Surin and Nakhon Ratchasima..... maybe it'd be easier to google it but can't be bothered now, spent too long online today lol

    Also i think my hopeful plan of visiting wat Vihear between Thaland and Cambodia has just come to an end with recent events at the boarder.

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    Re: A year in Thailand Pt.15 (Isaan)

    Quote Originally Posted by Arwing View Post
    So what are the 19 provinces? i only know Loei, Nong-bua-lam-phu, udon-thani, Nong khai, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Kalasin, Khon Kaen, Maha Sarakham, Roi-et, Ubon Ratchathani, Surin and Nakhon Ratchasima..... maybe it'd be easier to google it but can't be bothered now, spent too long online today lol
    You are missing:

    Amnat Charoen
    Buriram (where my wife and I have home.)
    Chaiyaphum
    Sisaket (location for Preah Vihear.)
    Yasothon

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