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Udon Thani & Nakhon Phanom in north-eastern Thailand; across Mekong river to Laos, Hin Boun river, Konglor cave, Heup cave, Lao Luang villages, Savanakhet, Pakse, Tad Fane waterfalls and re-enter Thailand at Ubon Ratchathani: 05 - 13 Nov 2007

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This is the second part of our Oct/Nov 2007 trip which began in Chiang Rai in northern Thailand. We arrived Udon Thani on 05 Nov 2007 where we spent the evening relaxing and taking rest in Charoensri Grand hotel. These photos will take you briefly into central and southern Laos - to the beautiful rural country with rivers, caves, mountain cliffs, and villages with simple and friendly peoples.
Photos with captions including (*) are taken by Brigitta & Josef Koller.

A three wheeler taxi driver cleaning his paddle driven taxi in an early morning, Udon Thani
A man cleaning his paddle powered 3 wheeler taxi in Udon Thani

Udon Thani, once one of the bases used by US military forces during Indochina wars in the 1960's and 1970's, is an important trading center between north-eastern Thailand, Laos and the rest of Thailand. Nowadays the city houses a sizable number of expats. The city central area offers bars and restaurants, Internet shops, and night entertainment salons. However for this old man the life seemed to be unchanged - the same as probably 10 years ago when he bought his first perhaps second handpaddle-powered tricycle taxi out of a borrowed money.

Ban Chiang village, Nong Han district, where archaeological site is
Ban Chiang (*)

The wooden houses in Ban Chiang villages are quite unique, different from the houses in buildings in the other villages and districts of Udon Thani province. Ban Chiang archaeological site admininters a museum there.

A display in Ban Chiang Archaeological museum
A display in Ban Chiang Archaeological museum

It is said to be one of the oldest prehistoric archaeological sites dating back 5600 years. Fine Arts Department started exploration in 1987 finding pottery vessels, bronze and iron artifacts along with many skeletons. Later excavations, extended research and preservation works by Thai and International organizations led to the creation of current national museum.

Ban Chiang National Museum
Nong Han district, Udon Thani province 41320
Phone: 042-208 340

Udom Somporn Forest Temple, Panna Nikhom
Udom Somporn Forest Temple, Panna Nikhom district

A forest temple (Wat) in Sakhon Nakhon province where a higherly revered senior monk used to live and developed the temple until his death.

Ho Chi Minh house in Nakhon Phanom
Ho Chi Minh house in Nakhon Phanom

The place where Ho Chi Minh stayed in 1928 and 1929 during the early days of revolutionary struggle for national independence and freedom. It is located in Ban Nachok village in Nakhon Phanom city area; also nearby is museum-like Thai-Vietnamese friendship (village) information center.

Display of old materials in Ho Chi Minh house
Display of old materials in Ho Chi Minh house in Nakhon Phanom

The utensils and are said to be the same as they were when (president) Ho Chi Minh was living there in 1928 to 1929.

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