Sunday, August 28, 2011

Bizarre rocks and cave paintings
in Phu Phrabat Historical Park

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Ho Nang Ussa หอนางอุสา

Near Ban Phue บันผือ, around 50 kilometers northwest of Udon Thani and 50 kilometers southwest of Nong Khai lies Phu Phrabat Historical Park อุทยานประวัติศาสตร์ภูพระบาท, on a plateau on sandstone (120 meters above sea), from where you have an excellent view across the ricefields of the Mekong plain. In the park you discover bizarre geological formations, cave paintings, temples and prehistoric dwellings. The shape of the rocks resulted from glacial movement millions of years ago. You find buildings, that are not entirely built by human beings, but formed under rocks. Im some caves red paintings show men and animals (Tham Khon ถ้ำคน, cave of the men, and Tham Wua ถ้ำวัวแดง, cave of beef). They are said to date from 5000 till 6000 before Christ, other sources date them later.

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There is a forest on the plateau. In an opening inside you discover Wat Phra Phutthabat Bua Bok (วัดพระพุทธบาทบัวบก): Some Chedis and a prang, that is an imitation of Wat Phra That Phanom in Nakhon Phanom. Inside there is a footprint of Buddha. A bit more to the south lies Wat Phra Phuttabat Bua Baan (วัดพระพุทธบาทบัวบาน).

Read also "As weird as it gets", atory in Bangkok Post.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Not to miss, when in Nong Khai

See the locations on Nong Khai หนองคาย Google Map

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Sculpture in Wat Khaek

Sala Kaeo Ku or Wat Khaek (ศาลาแก้วกู่ หรือ วัดแขก): 3 kilometers east of the town of Nong Khai on the right side of route 212 to Phon Phisai. The Nong Khai Buddhist Association takes care of this extraordinary park with all kinds of sculptures, some tower up more than 20 meters. They have been created by Luangpu Bunluea Surirat around 1978. He - native from Laos - left his country, where a similar park, Xieng Khuan Park (built 1958), can be found near Vientiane, after the revolution of 1975. He believed, the teachings of all regions from Buddhism to Hinduism and Confuzianism and Christianism could be mixed together. So you discover Buddha images in different attitudes, Hindu gods, Christian religious icons, figures from the Ramayana epic and from folk legends. The Sala Keoku pavilion is a large three-story concrete building, whose domes look like a mosque. In this park you find also the Wheel of Life, a circular group of sculptures. Open: Daily from 7 am till 5 pm. Admission fee: 10 Baht. Read more by John P Seely or study (in Thai).

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See also "In Memoriam Luang Pu", a collection of pictures.

Wat Pho Chai (วัดโพธิ์ชัย): Pho Chai Road. A royal temple with Luangpho Phra Sai, a sacred Buddha image. The Buddha is sitting cross-legged, in the pose of subduing Mara. Old people will tell you the legend, that three daughters of the King of Lan Chang had three Buddha images cast and named after their names: Phra Soem, Phra Suk and Phra Sai. Originally the three images were housed in Vientiane. In the reign of King Rama III they were sent to Nong Khai by boat. Phra Suk drowned during a storm. Phra Soem and Phra Sai arrived in Nong Khai. Later Phra Soem was taken to Bangkok. On the full moon day of the seventh lunar month, the people of Nong Khai hold a merit-making fair (Bun Bang Fai) to worship Phra Sai.

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Mural paintings inside Wat Pho Chai

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Wat Lam Duan: Buddha sitting on the roof.

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Wat That La Nong:

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Promenade along Mekong River: Lazy walks or cycle rides for 3 to 4 kilometers on a quiet road.

Tha Sadet Market (ตลาดท่าเสด็จ): Here you find products from Indochina and Eastern Europe. Open daily from 7 am till 6.30 pm. Local people also can cross the border into Laos here. Foreign visitors have to go through the Thai – Lao Friendship Bridge checkpoint.

Wat Nern Panau: Said to be the leading meditation temple in Nong Khai with spectacular architecture, set in some forest. See picture by Nong Khai Information

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Hotels and Guesthouses in Nong Khai หนองคาย - seen by people, who have been there

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Baan Mae Rim Nam: From 500 Bath. 410 Rim Khong Road. On a pedestrian walkway between Tha Sadet market and the Mekong river. Rooms overloking Mekong with balconies and rooms at the back. Good reviews on

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Budsabong Fine Resort: From 1600 Bath. 222/2 Donsawan Watthat Road. In the countryside, 5 kilometers outside of Nong Khai with big pool, between fields of rice and sugar cane. Very good reviews on

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Gold Lucky Resort โกลด์ ลักกี้ โฮเต็ล: 230/1 Soi Chom Mani 2, next to the Nong Khai Technical and Boat Building Industrial College. Phone (0) 4242 3189, (0) 4242 3275.

Mae Khong River: From 380 Bath. 179 Kaeo Worawut Rd. (opposite old Nong Khai Train Station). Phone : 042 411 277, 042 465 557.

Mekong Riverside ข้อมูลโรงแรมแม่โขงริเวอร์ไซด์: 519 Rim Khong Road, T. Meechai. Noisy, because its besides the market. Critical reviews on See pictures on HotSia

Mut Mee Guest House: From 170 Bath. 1111/4 Kaeworawut Road | Amphur Muang. In a garden right on the Mekong River. "An oasis", say the very good reviews on "Mutmee has long been Nong Khai's standout guesthouse", recommends Their ship "The Nagarina" does night cruises on Mekong River. Nearby: The Hornbill Bookshop. See pictures of the guesthouse by Lea. Read also the review by Refractoy Road

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NongKhai City Hotel: 1129/12 Nai Muang. Phone (0) 42 421 441, (0) 82 859 42 22.

Nongkhai Grand Hotel: 589 Moo 5 Nongkhai Poanpisai Rd. Out of the town. "A good mid-range option", comments

Panlaan Boutique Resort: From 750 Bath. 6 Banlaojommanee Road. Phone + 66 (0) 04 467 446. Very good reviews on

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Superior Wooden House

Pantawee Hotel: From 500 Bath. 1049 Haisoke Road. Phone +66(0) 42 411 568. With pool. "Surprisingly good value" according to

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The Penthouse

Phosri Guesthouse: From 300 Bath. Phosri Soi 4, Moo 14. Phone +66 (0) 42 423 358. Recommended by Kelly Kidson on her review

Porntip Apartment and Resort: 581/11 Moo 5 Saiderm Road. Phone (0)42 411 278. See Porntip on Facebook

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Rim Khong Guesthouse: 815/1-3 Rim Khong Road. Phone +66 (0) 42 460 625. Set in a super sleepy garden enclosure", notes Near Wat Hai Sok. "Romms are tiny", comments pattayaraj

Royal Mekong Hotel: From 1300 Bath. 222 Jommanee beach. Phone +66 (0) 42 421 280. Nine-storey-hotel on Mekong river. Mixed reviews on and also on

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Ruan Thai Guest Hozse: From 300 Bath. 1126/6 Rim-Khong Road. Teak building with fan and aircon rooms. Quite good reviews von tend to be a bit noisy, say reviews on

Ruen La-Mye: 550 Opposite TOT, Rard-Bum-Rung St | Phon Phisai Road. Small rooms, good review on

Sawasdee Guest House: 402 Meechai Road. Phone +66 (0) 42 412 502. In walking distance from the bus station and the Mekong. Quite good reviews on

Sofa Gallery Hotel: From 1400 Bath. 24 / 2 T. Mi Chai. Phone +66 (=) 802798789. Out of the city, close to the Friendship bridge. "An old family house converted very tastefully into a boutique hotel", notes SouthseaRangers on With pool, no TV.

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Suan Sawan Resort: Around 1,5 Kilometers from Nong Khai

Thai-Laos Riverside Hotel: From 700 Bath. 51 Kaeoworawut Road. Phone +66 (0) 42 460 263-7. "Avoid it", say the comments on, noisy nightclubs downstairs.

Thai Nongkhai Guest House: 1169 Bunterngjit Soi A.Muang. Seven bungalows in a garden, in walking distance to Mekong.

Outside Nong Khai

A Hong Mekong View: Mu 3, Tambon Khai Si. 100 km east of Nong Khai, next to a temple. Good review on

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Hotels and Guesthouses in Chiang Khan เชียงคาน - seen by people, who have been there

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Baan Chan Khiang บ้านชานเคียง: 146 Moo 2 Chykhong Rd. Phone 042-821096, mobile: 08-5460-2035. See more pictures on their gallery

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Room Chan-Bon on the first floor with Mekong View

Baan Sang Chan Homestay บ้านแสงจันทร์โฮมสเตย์: 190 moo 1 Chaikhong Road Soi 7.

Baan Supichaya บ้านสุพิชญา: From 1200 Bath. 183 / 1 Moo 2, Chai KhongChaikhong Road. Phone +66 (0) 4282 1528. Rooms with aircon. See pictures on Baansupichaya on Facebook.

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Ban Oun Ruk Hotel: 328/1 Chaikong Road Soi 10.

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Ban Hao Hotel โรงแรมบ้านเฮา: 101 Moo 1 Srichiangkhan Road. Phone +66 (0) 848968329

Baan Tam-Kam-San-Ya บ้านตามคำสัญญา: 67/1 Chaikong Road.

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Buakaw Homestay บัวแก้วโฮมสเตย์: From 400 Bath. Soi 11 Chiang Khan Road. Phone + 66 (0) 8 3177 5547. No aircon.

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Chiang Khan Guest House ชียงคาน เกสต์เฮาส์: 282 Chai Khong Road, between sois 19 and 20. Phone 042 821 69 11. Wooden rooms with shared bath. own by a Dutch man and his Thai woman. "Clean rooms, the best view over the river (sunset plus sunrise) from the terrace, relaxing sitting area with plants" but "rather small and basic rooms", comments See also their page on facebook

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Mekong View from the Chiang Khan Guest House

Chiang Khan Hill Resort เชียงคานฮิลล์ รีสอร์ท:. From 700 Bath. 28/2 Ruam Chai Narumit Road, Kang Khut Ku. Phone 042 821285. Three kilometers south of the town. Reviews on point out the great view accross Mekong River and a bit outdated rooms.

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Heon Luang Prabang Home Stay เฮือนหลวงพระบาง โฮมสเตย์:. 156 Moo 2 Chai Kong road. Excellent restaurant with Lao style dishes.

Huan Fan Homestay เฮือนพัดโบก: From 500 Bath. 137 Moo 1, Soi 5-6, Chai Khong Road. Phone 083 5861714, 084 5140624, 042 822085. Rooms with fan.

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Huan Kum Huk เฮือนคุ้มฮัก: Soi 6 Chai Khong Road. See pictures on

Husband and Wife Guesthouse and Handicraft สองผัวเมีย เกสท์เฮาส์ & แฮนดิคราฟท์:. 241 Chai Khong Road. Phone +66 854 648008.

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The Shop of Husband&Wife

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In the shop of Husband % Wife

Kao Hom Homestay บ้านข้าวหอม: Soi 10.

Loogmai Guest House เรือนแรมลูกไม้: 112 Chai Khong Road. Phone 2 822334 or 086 234 0011. The ownet is am abstract artist and has created "one of the best designed guesthouses in the northeast", notes Five rooms in a French colonial house, but only one bathroom, notes Jen. See picturesd by pitakchai and this video by JourneyThailand

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Maloeide Guesthouse มาเลยเด้ เกสเฮาส์: From 440 Bath, aircon rooms from 690 Bath. 291/1 soi 9 Srichiangkhan Road. Phone +66 (0) 86 404 4372, +66 (0) 85 365 5977, +66 (0) 81 721 0432.

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Mekong Culture and Nature Tour แม่โขงคัลเจอร์ แอนด์ เนเจอร์ ทัวร์: 800 Bath. 407 Moo 1, Phone +66 (0) 4282 1457. Eight bungalows.

Rimkong ริมโขง Pub and Guesthouse: 294 Thanon Chai Khong. Phone 042 821125.

Sam's Guesthouse แซมเกสเฮาส์: From 390 Bath. 289 Moo 2 Soi 20 Chai Klong Rd. Phone +66 (0) 4282 1041, Mobile +66 (0) 8723 33797. A recently upgraded 60-year-old teak house. "The most dramatic room is a glass-walled aerie jutting over the Mekong. It rents for $17 a night, albeit with a shared bath in the hall", wrote

Sam-Tam-Lueng Hotel แซมตามเหลืองโฮเต็ล แอทเชียงคาน:

Siam Nam Khong Guesthouse สยาม น้ำโขง เกสทเฮาส์:

Souksomboon Hotel สุขสมบูรณ์: Chai Khong Road, between sois 8 and 9. Phone 042 821064, 042 822482. "Go there for the two tiny B150 rooms with great panoramic view on the river", comments Other rooms are bigger, have shower but no river view. seventeen wood-panelled rooms.

Suk Sum Ruai Hotel โรงแรมสุขสำรวย: 184 Moo 2 Chaikong Road.

Suneta Hostel สุเนต์ตา โฮสเทล: 187/1 Moo 2, Chaikhong Rd. Phone 042-821669, 086-999-9218. The rooms have private balconies or terraces, hot showers, aircon, TV and refrigerator. See pictures by SuthinSoonthorn on Mixed reviews von

Tao Kao Lao เถ้าแก่ลาว: From 600 Bath. 92 Moo.1(between Soi 4 and 5) Chaikhong Rd. Wooden two-storey guest house right on the Mekong River with river view rooms down- and upstairs. Guests share bathrooms on the first floor. Read, what Kinnareemas writes on

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The Old Chiangkhan Boutique Hotel ดิโอลเชียงคาน บูติคโฮเต็ล: 288 Moo 1 Chaikong Road. See pictures on HotSia

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The Royal Chiang Khan โรงแรมเดอะรอยัลเชียงคานบูทีค: From 1225 Bath. 195 Moo 2, between Soi 15 and 16, Chai Khong Road. See the presentation by places&prices

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A glimpse of the lobby

One of the bedrooms

Tonkhong Guest House ต้นโขง เกสต์เฮาส์: 299/3 Thanon Chai Khong, between sois 9 and 10. Phone 042 821879. "Basic tiny rooms with bad noise isolation", notes

Outside of the town:

Kaeng Khutkhu Resort (แก่งคุดคู้ รีสอร์ท): 200 Bath. 40/3 Mu 4, Phone +66 (0) 4281 2248, 11 rooms.

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