Day40 Chiang Khan to Nakhon Phanom, Thailand

11:59 pm Motorbike/Motorcycle, Thailand, Travel
Departure Time 9:31am
Departure Location Chiang Mai, Thailand
Arrival Time 6:40pm
Arrival Location Nakhon Phanom, Thailand
Distance Travelled 533km

Day40

We woke up relatively early, enjoyed our view over the Mekong river (the following two photos were taken from our room), had a nice breakfast, and then made our way towards Nong Khai, following the Mekong River all the way. We didn’t realise this at the time, but this was going to be one of the days we cover the most distance!

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The Mekong River – all that stands between us and Laos. The riverbed makes a great garden during the dry season.

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This is Vientiane from across the Mekong – we stood on the other side of the river less than a year before, when we did our trip through Cambodia and Laos.

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This area is the home of many small farms.

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The road we followed is famous for the way shrubs are shaped into the form of animals. There were lots and lots of these, but we couldn’t afford the time to take a picture of them all. So here is a small selection.

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As we were coming into Nong Khai, the border town to Vientian in Laos, we made good time. The road was so good for the last 15 minutes, that we averaged 118km/h.

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We had lunch in Nong Khai, and then continued on to Nakhon Phanom. The procession of vehicles you see here is typical of electioneering. Loudspeakers broadcast the messages, and music is played too. There were about 12 vehicles in procession, all with loudspeakers and posters.

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At 3:15pm, we were tired, so we had a rest at Buddhist monastery overlooking the Mekong. On the other side was another monastery – I wonder how much they have interacted with each other over the past few hundred years?

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The monastery was built in a very beautiful spot, with lots of interestingly shaped rocks.

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The rocks actually feature in layout of the monastery, including the landscaping and buildings.

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Our bike.

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Monks working on the grounds.

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Along the way, we saw some interesting places where people live. I wonder how these people cope with Mosquitoes?

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This is how the fishermen bring their motors back home at night. That drive was very, very steep.

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Drinks are sold in plastic bags all over Thailand – cheaper than cups!

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And there was a camera here too, just overlooking the comings and goings – remember, the river is a border.

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An interesting Tuk Tuk.

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More gardens by the Mekong.

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We made good progress this day, because the roads were phenomenal. On one occasion we averaged 119km/h over a 32km stretch, and on another occasion we averaged 129km/h over a 49km stretch (yes, I know that is a lot of 9s, but the GPS doesn’t lie, right)?

As we entered Nakhon Phanom, I wanted to see a temple that was highlighted in our travel book.

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We found a nice, clean, and cheap place to stay … though the wiring was interesting.

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Many people park their cars in their house.

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We walked into town to find some dinner. It was a very pleasant evening, and well worth the 20 minute walk. It was very pretty, with the lights of Laos on the other side of the Mekong.

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