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    We had chosen a small place away from the main road. The environment was pleasant and the chalet clean and tidy. Up here in the mountains the air was clear and the sun was very bright.

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    The coffee shop was past its best.

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    The area is famous for its flora and there were a few oddities about the grounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    Who wouldn't choose a place with a mocked up aeroplane on the roof?
    ฺBetter than that! A space shuttle.
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    A few different butterflies about the garden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I once spent a night in Mukdahan with Rawlins, enroute to Savannakhet.

    We struggled to find a decent bar to spend the evening in and I'm in no hurry to go back.
    Agreed . Mukdahan is pretty ordinary if your looking to get a shot away or just get drunk. My experience of it was when a work colleague in Laos got dead on his motorcycle he was based in mukdahan . The mine manager said to our crew that if anybody wanted to attend his funeral in mukdahan then he would sign off. A Massive gesture from from the mine manager

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    We were 20 people on a bus from Laos to mukdahan thailand and it was only supposed to be a night in mooky . The Mine manager said fuck it were staying another night to put Jamie's ashes in the Mekong. I have a lot of time for this style of management

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    Found the red light area and went with my Zimbabwean colleague Mr Jonny Mariba. I'm happy to report there was no racism

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    After settling in and strolling around the grounds, our first priority was food. The 'resort', for want of a better word, was pleasant and breakfast was included but they offered nothing else, except a fridge full of beer. Our good friend Mr. Google showed a steak restaruant by the main road, 0.8km down the lane. A nice walk beckoned.

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    Although this is the middle of the dry season the hills were much greener than the rice fields of Nongbua.

    We got to the main road, which was really busy. This is the one route East-West across the north of Thailand and it was very, very busy. Fortunately we didn't need to try to cross it. Unfortunately, Google's steak house was a school playing field. Absolutely nothing resembling a food shop as far as the eye could see.

    With so much traffic flying past we weren't going to stroll along looking for a place to eat, so it was a march back up the hill to get the car. We were hungrier now and opted for a place we had been before on a previous trip. I splashed out on a 'rip eye' (sic) which when it arrived didn't look much like a rib eye to me but this was the gf's birthday dinner so I wasn't going to make a fuss.

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    When it came time to pay the bill I was a bit disappointed to discover that the restaurant was not part of the government's subsidised tourism scheme. So I had to pay 100%. Being the gf's birthday I didn't press her about why she hadn't checked this at the outset. This was our first trip to test the scheme and she was very vague about how it worked, or didn't work. She really gets stressed when I ask her questions she cannot answer so I try to tease things out carefully. In fact, I still don't understand exactly how it works because she still cannot explain it. TIT.

    The next morning we had the included breakfast, congee basically. It was fine for me. They also had bread and a toaster, with butter and marmalade and tea. This meant I could top up the congee with some hot buttered toast. Which was trickier than expected because they had no knives. Butter can be applied with a teaspoon, I discovered, albeit not very evenly. And no milk of course, so black tea it was.

    We spent the morning relaxing and doing nothing, my favourite holiday activity, until lunchtime beckoned. This time we were better informed and went for Thai food. It was pretty good.

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    Shrimp cakes and banana flower yum and tomyum fish.

    Then came the good bit. The bill.

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    I was happy with the bill but of course my new best friend the Thai government would pick up 40%, so my share came to B258. Very fair.

    We still had money in the kitty from our B600 per day allowance so the gf grabbed nuts and honey and noodles from the shop, all of which are F&B and all at 60% of the marked price.

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    Lunch was finished and we had no plan for the afternoon. 'We' being 'I'. It had not escaped my notice that the gf was dressed in a white blouse with a white skirt and, as expected, this resolved into a visit to a temple. It is a temple we had visited on our last trip and apparently you cannot visit too often. This particular temple works some kind of magic on personal relationships. Allegedly. As it turned out, I was barred from entry by some harridan because of my red shirt, so the gf had to go and do whatever was needed alone. Two minutes behind her some fat Thai bird in a bright red T-shirt went in, she didn't look like the kind of person who'd let anyone bar her way and of course no one tried. So I missed a temple visit. Anyway, the gf was happy so job done.

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    By evening I was suffering from stomach pains and worse that had started in the morning before breakfast and I put down to the previous night's salad. The gf was okay, I wasn't going far from the bathroom. We sat outside, it was this cool:

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    This also meant that dawn the next morning did not include the one thing that tourists do in Phu Ruea, which is to go up the mountain to watch the sunrise. I'm sorry we missed that before we drove home.

    Huge amounts of traffic for the holiday season. Amongst the usual trucks, tourist vans and SUVs were a good many shiny Mercs, BMWs and those expensive Toyota Vellfire people carriers. I guess many people were helping the government to buy them lunch.

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    Great thread.
    Me and the missus accidentally visited Chiang Khan on the weekend (about 15 years ago) when the temple long boat races were on- it was great.
    I agree about Nakhon Phanom - nice spot - though staying at Thakek and looking back across the river at NP is as good or better.
    If you haven't already, checkout Wat Phu Tok (about half way between Nong Khai and Nakhon Phanom) - you'll start thinking about Thai engineering and OSH on L6.

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    Yeah nothing wrong with Nathan phanom .at all . Quite a vibrant little town that has way more going for it than Thakhek on the other side of the river

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    so the gf had to go and do whatever was needed alone.
    It will have involved a lock of your hair, make sure Thai ladies don't get hold of any of it.

    Nice, any reason why you don't journey further afield?

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    Nice, any reason why you don't journey further afield?
    A fair question and yes, a few reasons. As I think of them, not in order of importance.

    Leaving the dogs is a problem. The gf's daugher is the only person who can come in without being bitten. She is supposed to be at uni but has odd free days because of Covid. So we are time limited.

    Neither of us wants to fly for the time being. We last flew down to the coast a year ago and after all the social distancing bollox in the airport we were on an AirAsia flight that had no empty seats around us. We talked about long haul buses, she doesn't feel comfortable on the overnight routes over the mountains.

    Just because places are close doesn't make them less interesting. There are still places within two hours drive of us that look worth the trip.

    Our car is old. It is okay for daily use, not really the best choice for a driiving holiday. We looked at hiring a van and driver, maybe if there were 4+ travellers that would make sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    a few reasons
    Fell for you, that's severely limiting


    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    Neither of us wants to fly for the time being. We last flew down to the coast a year ago and after all the social distancing bollox in the airport we were on an AirAsia flight that had no empty seats around us. We talked about long haul buses, she doesn't feel comfortable on the overnight routes over the mountains.
    Yep, flying into Thailand the plane was i'd estimate 95% full and wearing a mask, apart from eating and drinking, for over 15 hours inc airport time was not pleasant.

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    Had many nice trips there, and duplicated your coffee on the river. Good thread!

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