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The old city wall of Nan
Nan is an old town that in the centuries passing has been moved a few times. Besides old temples you can see in Nan town the "remains" of the old "Clay City Wall" and what was once build on-top of that a "City Wall" of small red bricks (constructed in 1855). And on the outside of the city wall was a "City Moat". Although big parts were still intact begin 1900, there is not much left of it and I assume that what you can see nowadays is not much original. As far as I understand even in the late 1970's parts have been destroyed.
Now there is a part of about 1000m long with a kind of park along it. This photo was taken at the east-side of the wall. At the corner of the west-side has probably been an fort. In the evening people sell food there.
A bit late sunrise about 5 km east of Chiang Khan at "Kaeng Kood Koo", where the mighty Mae Nam Khong (Mekong river) makes a sharp turn. And in the water are many big rock, that according to a local legend are put in the water by an angry giant. From here you can make small boat trips over the river. And of course there is a market, restaurants and even a nice looking resort "Chiang Khan Hill Resort". Traveling along the Mekong River in Thailand, Laos or Cambodia is like time-traveling. Nearby is also accommodation.
We were invited to make a small tour in the city of Phitsanulok, to see a bit more of the old history of the city. With all the rain some temple complexes were a bit flooded, like here at the ruins of "Wat Chula Manee". It is supposed to be the oldest temple in Phitsanulok build in the Sukhothai era.
A Chedi where stairs are leading to the top where originally was a huge sitting Buddha image (now moved to Bangkok).
The mighty Mekong River is one the most intriguing rivers of Asia. I followed the Mekong in Laos, Thailand and Cambodia. Someday I will go to China and Vietnam. But this sunset was at Chiang Khan, a small town along the Mekong River as border between Thailand and Laos. A great place to relax and make an sunset river cruise.
Early this morning I started my motorbike trip at Khao Mai Kaeo at the 331 in direction of Chachonsao. The 331 is a bit busy at Bo Win, no fun for riding the bike. So at the intersection of the 344 I took a turn in direction of Rayong, from here the road becomes more fun to drive. For more motorbike trip reports in Thailand see MOTORBIKE TRIP REPORTS
We made a trip from Khon Khan to Khao Kho and Phu Ruea and we ended up in Chiang Khan. This time not in an weekend or holiday and not while all Bangkok was flooded. So despite that Chiang Khan has became touristic, it was like a nice laid down place should be : laid down. The main street is still like a kind of living-room for the locals.
We had no reservation for a hotel so we had a look at a few hotels along the mighty "Mae Nam Khong" (Mekong river). There are many hotels and in the week-days the most are not even 50% full (some are even closed). Hotels tend to be a bit expensive in Chiang Khan, and in the weekend the prices will even be higher. We did finally choose a brand new hotel "Sri Chiang Khan".
The small street along the river is full of old fashioned shops selling a kind of souvenirs. And there are a few restaurants. It is nice to walk and relax and just to go with the flow. So we walked from one end to the other and back via the small "boulevard&…