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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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Work desk in Ho Chi Minh house
Work desk in Ho Chi Minh house in Nakhon Phanom

The wooden chair, working desk, and a radio said to be used by Ho Chi Minh (Uncle Ho or old man Chin) while he was staying in Nakhon Phanom in 1928-1929.

Sun rise from Laos, across Mekong river, seen from Thailand
Sunrise from Laos, across Mekong river, seen from Thailand's Nakhon Phanom

This view was shot from Nakhon Phanom River View Hotel. The Laos side province of Khammouane andwiched between Thailand and Vietnam is mostly a mountain and valley country.

Limestone karsts of Khammouane province, Laos
Limestone karsts of Khammouane province, Laos (*)

After crossing the Mekong river by ferry boat we entered Laos at Thakhet town. After the visa on arrival was done we headed to Hinboun river by car. Most part of southern Laos is high mountains on the border with Vietnam (on the east), which slopes down to the Mekong river valley which is the border with Thailand on the west. The road number 8, linking the north-south highway 13 parallel to the Mekong river to Vietnam border, is one of the many scenic roads with viewpoints from where one can have panorama views of limestone forests.

Boating on Hinbuon river, Khammouane province, Laos
Boating on Hinbuon river, Khammouane province

Riding a long tail boat on Hin Boun river is an experience of typical Lao mountain country. There are villages with wooden houses, chicken, ducks, cows and buffalos, goats. People do fishing, farming and cattle raising. River travel was still an important mode of transport.

Another scenic beautiful view on Hinbuon river
Another beautiful scenery on Hinboun river

There are sand beaches on the Hin Boun river bank, behind them are trees and village houses. If you go further you will see their farms growing paddy, vegetable, and cigar leaves. At the end of the valley is another river partly inside the cave at the foot of the limestone hill.

A village man fishing in Hinbuon river
A villager fishing in Hinboun river (*)

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