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Visiting Wat Nong Bua
Wat Nong Bua located at Ban Nong Bua a few km from Tha Wang Pha in Nan province, North Thailand. Located between the beautiful rice fields with mountains nearby, the temple was build around 1860 during the reign of King Rama V by Tai Lue people (who came to Nan from Southern China around 1800).
Inside the temple are wall murals that are probably made about 100 years ago. Because it is a bit off the beaten track there are almost no tourists coming here.
You are allowed to make photos inside but without flash .... unfortunately the lens of my camera is not good enough for this limited light (and I had no stand with me).
As part of Living in Thailand, the Rice Field Project follows our journey of buying land and preparing it for building our house. This is part 6. To read the other parts click on the tag Rice Field.
While we are parallel working on the step of having a small bungalow build we were also busy with getting electricity. That sounds an easy task ... but our land is 90m from the last point of electricity. So getting electricity connections involves a few steps.
First we will have to apply & getting an electric cable to our land. With 90m distance this will require 2 electric poles and cable of course. Once we have electric cable to our land we can apply for temporarily electricity connection for what you do not need a house book / house number). Once we have an house number we can apply for permanent electricity connection.
So we played stupid and just went to the local electricity company (PEA) and asked how to get an electric cable to our land. Unfortunetely the first time we were se…
Our journey started and ended in Khon Kaen (Thailand). First two days exploring Khon Kaen City and nearby area like Sight seeing at Phu Hin Chan Si. After that we did drive to Nong Khai (Thailand) where we would cross the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge to Vientiane. It is easy & straight forward but is takes some time. We had to apply for a Lao Visa (35us$) and arrange the temporarily export / import of our car. So we arrived in the afternoon at Mandala Boutique Hotel. When you would like to fly from Bangkok to Vientiane it might be much cheaper to fly with Nok Air from Bangkok (Don Muang) to Udon Thani and use the "Fly & Ride" service from Nok Air between Udon Thani and Vientiane.
We did stay 3 nights in Vientiane and would spend New Year here. The evenings we did spend at the boulevard along the Mekong River. The new park along the Mekong River at the east-side (or is that south side?) is a great place to relax in the late afternoon and then just stroll your way up an…
In September 2014 I extended my Carbon Tyre Print with another 630 km, and it was again a wonderful trip. I left very early in the morning when it was still cool. As usual I had no plan but I took the direction of the least chance of rain .... in western direction from Khon Kaen. For more motorbike trip reports in Thailand see MOTORBIKE TRIP REPORTS
The first part is a bit boring almost 100 km over route 12 (Maliwan rd) passing Chum Phae and continuing in direction of Lom Sak. About 40 km after Chum Phae you enter the mountain area of "Nam Nao National Park" (no entrance fee). This is where riding becomes beautiful and the air becomes cooler. Although I left early I was there too late to make a stop at one of the "Sunrise view points", well next time. At the beginning of the mountains you have to pass a check-point and almost at the end another check-point. Halfway is a restaurant & coffee-shop but a bit further is a market and view-point on your left hand sid…
Loei province, the most western province of North-East Thailand (Isaan) and a gem for traveling in nature & culture. My favorite area of the Isaan. The area near Wang Saphung and Phu Luang is dotted with beautiful kartsen mountains with caves and waterfalls. Traveling in this area there is always a surprise around the corner. Although there is also a lot agriculture with rubber trees, rice fields, dragon fruit and unfortunately also corn. But you see not yet (and hopefully never) sugar-cane.
Loei province is home to a special hill-tribe that you not see on many places in Thailand, the Tai Dam people. The Tai Dam people are a hill-tribe that came from China and migrated to Laos, Burma, Thailand and Vietnam. Migration to the area of Loei province was around 1900. Most of the people living in Loei province are descents from many different hill-tribes from Laos and China. All with their own customs, language and traditional cloths. Although most of them have now assimilated to modern…