Day41 Nakhon Phanom to Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand

11:59 pm Motorbike/Motorcycle, Thailand, Travel
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Departure Time 8:17am
Departure Location Nakhon Phanom, Thailand
Arrival Time 6:28pm
Arrival Location Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
Distance Travelled 463km


We started the day pretty early, heading into town for breakfast at 8:17am, but then we took it easy. We finally left at 10:30am, by which time the city was well and truly alive. Here you see the trucks lined up for the ferry to Laos. A Friendship bridge has been approved for this location, and is expected to go into service in 2011.


The scaffolding from which lights are hung at night to make the scene look beautiful.


This is a photo another ancient temple in Nakhon Phanom.


A police motorbike – here every police officer is able to choose their own style!


In the small border town of Mukdahan, across the Mekong River from Savannakhet, Laos. This town has a Friendship Bridge already.


Time to have lunch, and a little rest! What a beautiful spot from which to watch some of the small rapids of the Mekong River.


And then some photos of the various things along the way.


Rebecca was starting to get tired, so we took some side roads to see if there was any nice accommodation near the river. We ended up seeing lots of interesting village life, but no easily identifiably accommodation.


These kids are on their way home from school – wouldn’t life be different in the developed world if children were allowed to sit on the roof of the school bus.


We spotted the building of a new Bhudda in the distance, so we decided to check it out.


These interesting rock formations were by the side of one of the main roads.


As we pulled into Ban Dan, the sun was just starting to set – and as there was no accommodation, we decided to ride to the next major town – Ubon Ratchathani and stay in a proper hotel for the night. A treat for covering 1000km in two days.


As were came into town, it was already fairly dark – and I was riding pretty fast. We nearly had an accident on a four lane road, as a car coming out of a side street underestimated my speed. I had to break hard to avoid an accident. As we entered town, we saw a laundry service, so we dropped off our dirty clothes, marked our GPS for the location (you can see the word ‘sak’ on the map above, because that is the Thai word for Laundry – I forgot to remove it from the map). We then continued to find a hotel. We found a nice place very close to the where the Adventist Language School is located. After we checked in, we rode down to the river (not the Mekong, as we left that near Ban Dan), to find some food.


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