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  • Ho Chi Minh House

    Ho Chi Minh House

    It’s a little known fact that Ho Chi Minh spent part of his life as a farmer in the village of Na Jok five kilometres from the Mekong River city of Nakhon Phanom in Thailand. Though, how long he stayed there is open to conjecture, further confused by alternate use of Gregorian and Buddhist calendars; and Ho Chi Minh was […]

     
     
  • Nakhon Phanom, Lai Rua Fai Procession

    Nakhon Phanom, Lai Rua Fai Procession

    Saturday – The illuminated boat procession. Like with the Candle Festival in Ubon Ratchathani, I was in the right place at the right time when temple communities began gathering for the day’s celebrations. It was late morning, and from the hotel room guitar could be heard, followed by a woman singing, then flutes and drums completed the impromptu orchestra. So, […]

     
     
  • Nakhon Phanom, Lai Rua Fai

    Nakhon Phanom, Lai Rua Fai

    Friday. The day before the illuminated procession… Boats, beauties and full moons. I walked down to the Mekong River early to watch the boat races the Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) said began at 7.30am, but there wasn’t a water vessel of any description in sight. TAT can be tourist misinformation sometimes, despite their best intentions. There was an alternative […]

     
     
  • Nakhon Phanom – returning for Lai Rua Fai festival

    Nakhon Phanom – returning for Lai Rua Fai festival

    Thursday morning. Caught early flight from Don Muang, Bangkok’s original, but now secondary airport. First time flying with budget airline Nok Air. Good service, quick check-in, friendly smiles. The alternative – a 12 hour bus ride to Nakhon Phanom – wasn’t an option this time. Don Muang would give main airports in many other cities a run for their money, […]

     
     
  • Nakhon Phanom

    Nakhon Phanom

    The Happy Capital in the Land of Smiles Nakhon Phanom is the ideal Thai city; big enough to have what you need, but small enough to be personable. It has an attractive setting with views across the Mekong River to jagged limestone mountains in Laos. Traffic is leisurely, locals are friendly, food is consistently good, and it exudes a progressiveness […]

     
     
 
 
 
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