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Chiam in the province Ubon Ratchathani was the starting point of our journey and
is situated very beautifully of the meeting of Moon
River and Mekong River. Our Hotel was 90 km away from Ubon Ratchathani over the
banks of the Mekong River. Here is Thailand pure, no mass tourism and nearly
none speaks English. The road-signs are all in Thai, but that all was not a
problem, we could handle this very well.
With our Guide from
the hotel we went by car to the Pha Taem national park (23 km) which is famous
for its beautiful landscape and the impressive prehistoric cave paintings. On
the way we pass also the well-known mushroom-shaped rocks of Sao Chaliang.
During our 4-day
stay we wanted to explore the closer area, but there was no motorcycle for rent
and so we went by 35 degrees (C) with the bicycles. Simply fascinatingly. We
came along small fishing villages in which each family produce their own
charcoal. Again and again we had super views on the greatly river landscape.
Also the boat trip on the Mekong was beautiful and we could watch the Fishermen
very closely while doing their work.
On our way to Nakhon Phanom we past numerous small handicraft enterprises, where the typical gongs and also the tiles for the Wats are manufactured.
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