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30 March 2010

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Catherine

Interesting post. The man of the house is into rocks and finds it difficult to study when there is so much vegetation cover. I've shown him your article and he's off to see if the area is geologically important.

Lawrence

Hi Cat. He'll have to be quick, the rainy season is just around the corner (we hope) and the rocks will get covered pretty quickly.

Michael Hare

We stayed at the Kaeng Sapheu Hotel for 3 nights in 1999. It had only been built a little while then and they were having problems looking after guests. In fact, they really didn't know how to run a hotel at all.

I have never been back.

Interesting about the village with lots of Norwegians. There is a Lutheran Mission in Phibun, with mainly Norwegian missionaries. They run a boarding hostel for village children who are given scholarships to go to better schools in Phibun and Ubon city.

Mike

Lawrence, didn't realise you were "home" already. I particularly like the shot with the stones, perhaps you have one in the rainy season to compare?

Lawrence

Michael: I didn't know about the Norwegian missionaries, s thanks for adding that. I stayed at the hotel for one night in about 2004. Didn't notice the 'service' but the grounds and swimming pool were nice.

Mike: No shot of the river in the rainy season, but I know the rocks are under water. When they are only just covered there's a lot of turbulence as you would imagine.

Michael Hare

About the exposed rocks in the dry season. This is a tourist attraction and has been for many decades. But when the downstream Pak Mun dam was built in 1993, it dammed the river up to well past Phibun and so hardly any rocks were exposed in the dry season.

I presume therefore that the dam gates are all open at the moment, resulting in low water levels for 20 km all more upstream.

The whole Pak Mun has been very controversial. It generates very little electricity and depletes the natural fishery stocks.

Therefore it is good to see the rocks attracting tourists (mostly local) who help the local economy by eating and buying stuff.

Martyn

Lawrence I do plan to one day get round to visiting Ubon Ratchathani Province and heading for Phibun Mangsahan would seem a good place to start.

The young one would love the combination of a riverside venue and good cheap food. Me...although I still enjoy the cheap charms of Pattaya I also do like visiting the type of place Thai's choose to take time out at. They are so much more untouched by the hand of commercialism.

Would you agree your third photo down could have been taken at a Cornish coastal town or village fishing port. That was the first thing I was reminded of when I viewed it.

Lawrence

Martyn, perhaps you should stop over in Phibun on yor way to Khong Chiam, Thailand's most easterly town (no, TAT are not paying me for this). But who said the food in the park was cheap? Last time I went, a couple of weeks ago, I went with 4 young big-eating relatives, and though the food was great, it wasn't exactly cheap. But those prawns ... worth every saleung.
Cornwall, yes maybe. Not a pasty in sight though.

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