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    Buen Kan Phu Thok Monastery Feb 2016

    So after Chiang Khan we continued on down Hwy 212 following the Mekong and headed into Buen Kan.
    The mission was to visit Phu Thok monastery which was created by monks and is perched on top of a 360 meter mountain. It took 5 years to create and 7 different levels are carved into the mountain with board walks raping around. The best way to do this trip is base ones self in Buen Kan do the day trip and head back to kan for the night. Around 60 Klm out.
    Can be done on a day trip out of Udon Thani but would be a very big day given the distance from Udon.
    Buen kan has always been a great little town for me, I first visited 10 years ago but this year they have embarked on a very Major redevelopment of the water front. Next year it will be brilliant. Buen Kan is down the way from Nong khai So it's Mekong all the way. Kick this thread of with the redevelopment of Buen kan.
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    Quite a few sights around Kan.

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    Kan is perched on the Mekong with great views into Lao. Even has its own walking street . Every town has one now.

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    Kans waterfront walking street. In season the locals fill the Mekong high ground with vegetable gardens, it's quite a sight.Very enjoyable sitting overlooking the Mekong with a few beers. The locals gather here in the late arvo. No farang scene but a few restaurants and small bars.I've always liked it.
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    We bunked up in this brand new Hotel that had just opened the week before, Called Smile Hotel or something like that. Very nice big room for 450 Baht. Joke innit. My local was blocked off by road works, I could not get the car in so went here. Very good call. It's up by the Wat at the very end of the water front road.

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    You can see in this picture just how much infill they are doing here reclaiming more land for recreation. The works are massive.

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    Moving some dirt here.

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    Not pissing around.

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    The locals must be pissed off, all the Earth works have slowed down many businesses. Oh well, when it's finished it will be well worth it. On this road trip I have noticed large projects going on in many towns. A large injection of money up this way which in turn has created employment for the locals. A win win situation for all.

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    I'll get back up here for sure next year. I've visited this town quite a few times now.


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    We continue on into town, hit the night market and finish off having a feed in this local restaurant. Young husband and wife on the tools, Happy to support them.I try to support the locals where ever I go.
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    Next day it was up early, head of down HWY 222 into Si-Wilai, hang a left and drive 30 KLM through many small towns to try and find Phu Thok. I had never been here before, it was in my GPS so followed that. Took us around an hour to do the 30Klm. Great drive over flat land. All of a sudden we spot this poking up out of nowhere.
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    In we go and park the Motor.


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    At the base of the Mountain is the Wat and the start of the walk. It ain't for people with weak hearts, bad legs or afraid of putting in the hard yards.

    It's a real trek to get up there, I ain't had a climb like that since Nepal. My Hand bag had a bit of a troubled look on her face but never complained once and followed me all the way to the top.

    After all, it was her Idea to come here so she had little choice.

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    In this pic you can see how the monks carved out the side of the mountain and then built the stair way to heaven. It's quite Mad actually and amasses me how they done it. 5 years work here which when you look at it ain't to shabby. 360 metres up to the very top.

    Phu Thok ain't on the tourist track, it's too far from the main tourist town of Udon Thani and it's located in the middle of no-where. This in turn makes it much more attractive to me.

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    So we begin the walk to the entrance.

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    Pass " See no Evil ".

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    Passed by " Speak no Evil ". I run by this one.


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    Entered through this gate and began the climb.

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    Come on Darlink, up we go.

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    Up we go.

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    Handbags lagging already.


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    Wood gives way to stone at this point.

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    It gets very steep at this point, one needs to be real careful.

    Forget about coming here in the hot season, one would have a stroke before reaching the first level.

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    The stairs split at this point, the right stair bails of to the first of the mountain walk around and the left stair bypasses this level and goes straight to the next level.
    We went right for our first look around.

    The Handbag was brilliant, she was struggling a tad by now but just kept on climbing without a whimper. Brilliant girl.


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