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    Isaan Views

    A thread for photos of every-day Isaan. Not the national parks or Khmer monuments; just the beautiful, interesting or amusing things you see every day.

    This first batch were all taken about 1K north of my home in Korat in the vicinity of the Lam Takhong river:






    A woman was using this ceramic jug to remove the last bit of water from a newly plowed rice field.


    There are many klongs like this that parallel the river and which provide water for both irrigation and domestic use.






    This is the Lam Takhong river. Not exactly mighty, but it has enabled civilization (of sorts) to survive in this part of Isaan for several thousand years. It's flow enables farmers to grow up to three crops per year.




    The plastic surrounds a small kerosene lantern made from an M-150 bottle. This lights the way along the long path across the rice fields.




    A mix of coconut and betel nut (Areca) palms.


    This well-tended wetland supports coconut and betel palms and pandanus which is used for baskets and roofs.




    This lady was very proud of her rice. She explained that the field behind her has "three month" rice. She's about to plant two month rice in a nearby field. The three month rice is almost ready for harvest.


    Her house.


    The community spirit houses.


    Sunset over newly prepared rice field.


    Watering flowers in the late afternoon.

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    Good idea BH: we often see the more formal settings but it's nice to see the everyday things...don't you just love the colour of the rice when it's about the be harvested...

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    Great pics again BH, good to see you enjoying the area where you live.

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    I like the sunset pic, with the reflection on the water.

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    Hopefully next time I'm up in Ubon it will be green and beautiful like that.

    Ubon has plenty of water (more rainfall than Korat), and plenty of natural waterways, but lacks a man made irrigation/ klong system. Consequently- unless you are adjacent to a natural waterway, you only get one rice crop per year.

    Great pic's BH.
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    This is a shot of an old man in Nong Khai heading out to tend his cattle. Little specs of people can be seen dotting massive fields everywhere around here -- working mostly with their hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang
    Ubon has plenty of water (more rainfall than Korat), and plenty of natural waterways, but lacks a man made irrigation/ klong system.
    Korat doesn't have much of one, either; mostly adjacent to Lam Takhong River. If you travel a few kilometers away from the river you find the same dry land as everywhere else in Isaan. I don't think anyone has done much with waterworks here since the Khmer left 800 years ago....

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    This ones a cracker ... hope you can add some more BH. Great tonic for those of us stuck in offices in Bangkok .

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    I will really have to get my shit together - no unkind comments from E.G please-(and the bike serviced) and get off Phuket to see other parts of Thailand !
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    Heres a few more. A good idea BH

    These are all taken around the Phu Kradueng area









    Dunno what the birds were in this picture - looked like some sory of stork or heron




    I had only seen this lake from the other side where the road runs down to Phu Kradeung village. Didn't look big at all but taking the motor road the back where the g/f has land soon proved me very wrong






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    Nice pics but not a plastic bag in site. Is this the real Isaan ? Answer " I don't think so". Sorry BH but I see it for what Isaan Is.............
    Last edited by Ivor Biggun; 09-04-2008 at 08:26 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivor Biggun
    Sorry BH but I see it for what Isaan Is........
    Feel free to post some photos of the "real" Isaan.

    However, I suspect that how you feel about a place is more a reflection of you than it is of the place.

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    Be positive

    About time we see a POSITIVE thread for posts about Isaan! There area has a lot more going for it than the economics suggest.

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    Patangko vendor.


    This flower and garland vendor shows up the evening before every Wan Phra.


    Kids love roti. So do I. This vendor is from Bangladesh.


    Harvesting Bua Luang.

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    Why I learned to read Thai....




    A new wat coming....

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    Is that a plastic bag floating in the rice paddy?


    Another view of Lam Takhong River.


    Dok Lak (Crown flower) is often used in garlands. Grows wild everywhere around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buad hai
    However, I suspect that how you feel about a place is more a reflection of you than it is of the place.
    You could be correct on that but I don't see Isaan in the same light and I'm sorry if my comments were offencive.

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    How lucky we are to be able to enjoy the beauty without having to work the fields

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivor Biggun
    ou could be correct on that but I don't see Isaan in the same light and I'm sorry if my comments were offencive.
    I wasn't offended. I think you should post some stuff. It might help if you express yourself.

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    Thats a Beauty.

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    I love the old wooden buildings that seem to be everywhere, but, at the same time, rapidly disappearing. This one is at a small wat not far from my house.






    You don't see many of these small petrol stations anymore.

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    Khok Kruat railway station.


    Station master's home.


    Arrivals and departures.

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    beauty ???

    I have seen more beauty in 10 sq miles of England than I have seen in all of Thailand. And I have travelled all over. I live here too, but not for its beautiful scenery. Sorry, but its true.

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    ^That's probably one of the saddest posts I've ever read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simbo View Post
    I have seen more beauty in 10 sq miles of England than I have seen in all of Thailand. And I have travelled all over. I live here too, but not for its beautiful scenery. Sorry, but its true.
    England, and the UK, has a lot of beautiful scenery for sure. We'll ignore the grim cities.

    So does Thailand, and plenty of it. If you can see beauty in one place, but not the other, it is a bit sad for you.

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