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That Phanom

May 21 - May 22, 2002


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Getting there
Ubon Ratchathani
Ko Chang
Surat Thani
Suan Mokkh #1
Suan Mokkh #2
Suan Mokkh #3
Suan Mokkh #4
Chiang Mai #1
Western Laos
Vang Vieng
Lake Nam Ngum
Nong Khai
Khon Kaen
Chiang Mai #2
Chiang Mai #3
Chiang Mai #4
Chiang Mai #5
Mae Sariang
Mae Hong Son
Tham Lot
Chiang Mai #6
Nan & Phrae
Um Phang
Mae Sot
Bang Pa-in
Udon Thani
Sakhon Nakhon
That Phanom
Nakhon Phanom
Sri Racha
Going Home
Excerpt of an email about That Phanom:
Looking at Laos

Now I'm in the sleepy town of That Phanom across the Mekong river from Laos. The guidebook says there's a floating restaurant on the river, but it's nothing but a flat barge now. Apparently they tore it down after some people fell off it and drowned.

That Phanom

The guide book also promised there was a movie theatre near the town center and I was hoping to go see Spiderman. In it's place I found an empty grass field. I asked one of the locals about it and she said they tore it down because it was blocking the view of the local temple and everybody has video-CD players now anyways.

Staring up at the trees

This place is like progress in reverse. There was an elephant sauntering down the road outside this internet cafe when I sat down.

The chedi at Wat Phra That Phanom

Not that I'm seriously complaining. It's very peaceful here and the local temple is a sight to behold. It has a 52 meter high chedi (pointy obelisk-thing) that you can see from almost anywhere within about 2 kilometres, and the thing is covered in gold (118 kg from what I've read). There's also some very nice lakes around the town centre where I like sitting in the shade and tossing fish kibble to the lazy catfish that live there.


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