Sangkhom – North Thailand.

April 06 / 07 / 18 Chakri Day Long Weekend

Chakri Day long weekend. Time to dust off the might KLX sitting in Nong Khai and go for a run to Chiang Khan and spend the night.

Followed by a slow ride back along the 211 to Sangkhom. Taking in the sites and scenery before meeting Peter and Panita at Baanmai Rimkhong Resort.

First a stop around Sri Chiang Mai for a look over to Vientiane and take a few snaps of the local landmarks

The khong is a bit hazy.
Road marker. Vientiane 1 KM away.

That night was spent in Chiang Khan. Finally after so many years of stopping over for coffee or lunch.. A sleep over.

Perfect sun set with Beer O’clock.
Chiang Khan by night
Xanakham Laos on the other side of the river

Time to head to Baanmai while enjoying the river scenery and local life along the way.

Spot this building way back on the hill.. Wonder what is here.. So go and take a look

It turns out to be a temple and this building has pretty stunning views.

Lat 18.02054 Lon 101.76813

A spot of local lunch with one of the best Mekong views.

A spot of gold prospecting along the way.

All that work for these tiny specs of gold.

Looks like a new, under construction view point.

 Lat 18.19400 Lon 102.05222

Arrive at Baanmai. Peter and Panita arrive shortly after.

What a view to wake up to.. Mekong and Laos.
Followed by the best breakfast view.

Christmas 2018

That time of the year again.

Christmas in Sangkhom with good frends Gerrie and Koi at Banmai Rimkhong.

Another good friend recently moved to Nong Khai and kindly allows me to leave the Mighty KLX at his place for get away breaks from the Big Smoke – Bangkok.

Loaded up and ready to roll.

Riding along to Sri Chiang Mai. Looking over at Vientiane and notice an access track to the river / beach. So go down for a play in the sand.

Must admit. Easy getting down. Not so easy getting back up, especially with all the gear on the back and 50 50 tyres.

Only 15 or so kilometres from Sangkhom and loving the Mekong views.

Arrived at Banmai and time for Beer Oclock over looking the mighty river.

I really do love the deck out the back. Could sit here all day watching Mekong life go by.

Special brew from across the water.
I see the light.
The view from my room. Mekong and balcony for the morning coffee.

The food doesn’t get much fresher. Vegitable patch on the banks of the Mekong. Ingredients picked as and when needed.

The fish delivered in the morning by the fishermen wanting to bypass the market.

Picking some veg for my Tom Yum Pla,
Tom Yum Pla… Mekong Spicy Fish Soup.
Today’s catch.. The one of the right looks a little thin.

My work station for one day

26th December had to work for the day.
Nice lunch break.

More information here on Banmai Rimkhong.

Wat Pha Tak Seua

What better way to start Christmas day than a visit to one of the most spectacular views in Sangkhom.

Sangkhom Festival

I never really did find out exactly what this festival is about.. But from what I could make out.. End of year harvest celebration.

Various villages in the district participated with floats and shows.

Short YouTube Video below

Becoming part of the entertainment.

Roaming along the Mekong

Just before Sangkhom Town.

Nong Pla Buek

Nong Pla Buek
Mid morning

Riding along looking for entrances down to the Mekong.

Ban Muang view point

This is really a sunrise view point.

Quite busy with farmers and tractors bringing up the tourists from the town before and around sunrise.

If you want to ride up. Go later in the day when there is no traffic or people. Otherwise park in the village and get a lift up.

More here on the view point:-

On the way up
Steep turns and managed to take a few wrong turns

Found it.

Chiang Khan

Coffe and Cheese cake over looking the Mekong at Chiang Khan.

Looking over at Xanakhan

Kaeng Khut Khu

Back on the 211

Heading back along the 211
Sunset along the way

Ban Mai Sunset.

Last day in Mekong Paradise

Red Lotus Sea – Udon

We were late. Still nice.

Best to get here early morning when the flowers are open.

Another great Christmas and New Year in Sangkhom.

Big Thanks to Koi and Gerrie and the gang at Ban Mai.