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Excursion To Nakhon Phanom

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one of the side trips i took was to a town called Nakhon Phanom on the northeast side of essan. I decided to go here b/c it was on the mekong river, which i wanted to see, and b/c you can easily fly there in about an hour, and of course to get away from the overpopulated cesspool of pattaya.


I stayed there 3 days and nights taking in the sights, the scenery and sounds of the place. not that there was much going on, but it was nice to get away from the congestion and pollution of the cities. nakhon phanom is a small, quiet town without any pretensions. it's a place where a restless soul would easily get bored if not interested in natural, rural scenery. The mekong river. on the far side is laos.



I made a booking on agoda and was happy to find a good, new hotel on the outskirts of town called the siam grand.


The room was 550 baht/day as i had a deluxe. it was a comfortable, quiet place to stay and can recommend it.


breakfast was included in the price and it was quite good. Only one member of the staff spoke any english, other than the owner of the place. the owner was a younger man of about 28 from a well to do family that bankrolled this project for him to own and run - or so he said.

I was happy they had motorbikes for rent at the hotel post-33115-0-21493300-1420269541_thumb.j

as my main activity was scouting around the area during the day and night to experience what the place had to offer, especially the scenery. this place is full of pastoral scenes, for example


which evoke the simpler, quiet life that can be found here.

to be continued

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I spent a fair bit of time up there as it was where my ex and her daughter were from, i drove usually and enjoyed that bit and the drive back but i wouldn't give you twopence for the place itself - or the people.

For me, it's not excactly the end of the world up there, but you can see said destination from Nakhon Phanom.......

Nice report.

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Yes a trip oop norf us anyways nice , thanks for pictures and taking the time

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Love these Issan threads ;)

Agreed I like a bit of Issan... hope to be up there in new year to see and Old BM who has relocated....

I dont think I could reside there, one nice think about Pattaya is you always have mates from UK visiting , in Issan you wouldn't get to see them ...


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thx for all the kind replies! lets continue:

During the 3 days i was in nakhon phanom, riding around, i found no interesting nightlife with the possible exception of this place called lolitas. the sign does look similar to the one in bangkok, but unfortunately it was closed while i was in town.


there were the usual hole in the wall bars and a few karaoke joints with thais drinking their large leos and blend while singing like hoarse dogs, lol.

this being thailand, of course there was the usual collection of temples and statues that exist here, some said to be centuries old. post-33115-0-24571100-1420360812_thumb.jpost-33115-0-11628100-1420360837_thumb.j



I also ran across a catholic church post-33115-0-75107300-1420361101_thumb.j

and a clock tower. post-33115-0-20309700-1420361173_thumb.j

I found out that this clock tower was actually built by the vietnamese community here in town as a memorial to the refugees that fled viet nam during their war of independence. Nakhon phanom happens to be the closest part of thailand to vietnam.

The TAT has a nice office here with a number of helpful young women who assisted me. post-33115-0-55134700-1420361356_thumb.j

I also found a quiet park area where the locals like to reflect and exercise and do their yoga.


then there is the ornate friendship bridge over to Laos on the north side of town. I asked the friendly immigration official if i could walk across the bridge without a visa and he burst out laughing.


to be continued...

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Good report, thanks for sharing.

The place looks much greener than here in Buriram but we've haven't had rain in eons.

Shame Lolitas was closed am interested to know what goes on inside and if it caters for expats, Thai, or both.

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Looks a FS greener than Nong Kai thats for sure.

Great pics and report matey, looking forward to the next installment.

Thanks for posting.

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Okay! in addition to finding out about the vietnamese community in nakhon phanom, i was surprised to also learn that Ho Chi Minh lived just outside of town for several years, before he became president of vietnam. it seems that his house is still standing with some memorabilia inside.

Here you see the front entrance with Ho's hideaway in the background.


a closer view of the house from the front.


the backside entrance with lush foliage looks more appealing.


a closer look.


several views of the interior.




this is where he slept.


he also had a desk, which is more than i can say of some of the hotel rooms ive been in, lol.


pictures of the man cover the walls inside.





one of the people who oversees this place claimed to be related to ho.

three days was enough for me to absorb the natural beauty of nakhon phanom. I found this visit to be a pleasant diversion that reminds you, in various ways, of how people lived prior to the integration of so many rural populations into urban areas, which were built up to feed the insatiable capitalist machine.

the mighty mekong at nakhon phanom looking quiet and peaceful.


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