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photoblog image Far East Thailand #04

Far East Thailand #04

We arrive at Khong Chiam by early afternoon on Day 2. This is a popular tourist destination for Thai folks but mainly unknown to foreigners...it is at least 700 kilometres from Bangkok...quite remote...but services several attractive National Parks and is a great place to sit and eat/drink whilst observing Laos on the other side of the Mekong river.

 

In the second picture you can see Tim and Ray are waiting for their coffees to be served, and the top picture shows what they would see if they lifted their eyes off Tim's smartphone...that is the mighty Mekong river, and the communist Country of Laos is on the far bank.

 

It is supposed to be high season, but seems very quiet and relaxed here...everyone is friendly and smiles are common.. There are a couple of floating restaurants in the river...we might eat at one of them tonight. On the Laos bank a smallish village is visible...one talkative local says the village is full of cold beer and very friendly Laos gals, and slipping across the river in a boat at night is ignored by Immigration police...we might forgo the physical, and merely enact that journey in our dreams...

 

Khom Chiam

Far East Thailand #04

We arrive at Khong Chiam by early afternoon on Day 2. This is a popular tourist destination for Thai folks but mainly unknown to foreigners...it is at least 700 kilometres from Bangkok...quite remote...but services several attractive National Parks and is a great place to sit and eat/drink whilst observing Laos on the other side of the Mekong river.

 

In the second picture you can see Tim and Ray are waiting for their coffees to be served, and the top picture shows what they would see if they lifted their eyes off Tim's smartphone...that is the mighty Mekong river, and the communist Country of Laos is on the far bank.

 

It is supposed to be high season, but seems very quiet and relaxed here...everyone is friendly and smiles are common.. There are a couple of floating restaurants in the river...we might eat at one of them tonight. On the Laos bank a smallish village is visible...one talkative local says the village is full of cold beer and very friendly Laos gals, and slipping across the river in a boat at night is ignored by Immigration police...we might forgo the physical, and merely enact that journey in our dreams...

 

Khom Chiam

comments (12)

I guess friendly women are a universal...
Ray: Makes the world a better place, Larry.

Now we need to work on having blokes copy the behaviour of the gals...
Ray: The people in this region are fabulous too, Elizabeth.

I would not be surprised in the Laos words for 0...10 were the same as I use in Thailand...
0...Soon
1...Neung
2...Song
3...Sam
4...Si
5...Har
6...Hok
7...Jet
8...Baet
9...Gow
10..Sip
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 12 Apr 2018, 06:54
This series is taking on a sort of calm Buddhist charm
But whenever I think of the Mekong I think of the Vietnam war
Ray: i am guessing most people relate Mekong River to Vietnam War, Chris...most likely because of the river's starring role in the movie masterpiece "Apocalypse Now".
Your coffee stop looks very relaxing Ray
Ray: Good, and inexpensive, coffee, Bill, and the view was great!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Apr 2018, 07:32
You boys- what are you like! Like Chris, the Mekong river also makes me think of the Vietnam War (not I've not seen the film that you mentioned).
Ray: The Mekong river dominates the geography in this region, Alan and, just here, it is the border between Laos and Thailand.

The movie I mentioned is basically the "Heart of Darkness" story of Joseph Conrad brought forward into the 1970's and replanted in SE Asia...I recommend it to you.
Dommage de ne pas profiter de ce spectacle , mais peut être le connaisse t- il déjà ..
Bonne journée
Ray: Tim me donnait une petite leçon de lecture de cartes, Claudine ... nous planifions les activités de l'après-midi. Quand Tim a réalisé que je ne faisais pas attention, il a mis le smartphone et nous avons apprécié la vue.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 12 Apr 2018, 08:14
I didn’t know Laos was still commie Ray, I thought that stuff was old hat. I like the barrier made from a found item.
Ray: Laos is some kind of communist place that is run by a despotic General who is very rich but has such a low profile that few people know his name, Chad.

I have been in Laos a few times and found that the soldiers and police also maintain a very low profile...the Laos people, though, seem open and friendly, and their Quality of Life is slowly improving.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 12 Apr 2018, 09:30
This looks almost European. It must a wonderful, now peaceful area
Ray: This coffee shop is on the broad footpath directly overlooking the river, Philine...and we have the place almost entirely to ourselves.
You are making me yearn a vacation, Ray.
Ray: Stay with us, Mary...there is much still to come and I think you will enjoy the relaxed pace.
Well the top is certainly a very nice landscape to enjoy and the coffee shop looks very inviting. Chads comment and your reply are very informative, I didn't know any of that.
Ray: Laos is a most interesting place, Brian. It is of similar area to UK, but has only 6 million people, most of whom are engaged in subsistence farming...similar sized Vietnam, to the East of Laos , has 100 million people.
Quite a view!
Ray: Some lovely places in this region, Tom...more coming up.
  • Ayush Basu
  • Venlo, Netherlands
  • 14 Apr 2018, 18:41
both the shots paint a very favourable picture of this region, Ray. it is a pity despite my relatively close proximity, i have not made it north of Penang (Malaysia)

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