Nakhon Phanom Journals

Mountain City

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A travel journal to Nakhon Phanom by SeenThat

Promenade at Sunset Photo, Nakhon Phanom, Thailand More Photos
Quote: On one of the most beautiful plains in Thailand – a lush green landscape demarked by the gorgeous Mekong River – is a town named "Mountain City." Why?

Nakhon Phanom

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Attraction | "On Missing Hills and National Parks"

Wat That Phanom Photo, That Phanom, Thailand
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In the deep northeast of Thailand, the Province of Nakhon Phanom is located on a valley adjacent to the Mekong River. Its attractiveness to the traveler relies on its culture and history – the last being surprisingly rich and complex even in modern time – and on the nature in it.Mostly plain, the province features several rivers crossing it (Songkhram and Oun rivers in the north and the Kum in the south) and one – the Mekong – delimiting it to the east. Across the ...Read More

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Downtown Nakhon Phanom

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Attraction | "Himalayan Blues, a Wet Beach and One Million Elephants "

Promenade at Sunset Photo, Nakhon Phanom, Thailand
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Himalayan BluesNakhon Phanom is another Thai city with a misleading name. Long before reaching the city it is clear there are no mountains in the area; yet, this is literally the "City-Mountain." Did I travel so far to be cheated in such a silly way?Not exactly, the first walk along the town’s beautiful riverside promenade will provide the answer to the riddle: on the Laotian side, behind the town of Tha Khaek, are beautiful limestone mountains covered by a lush forest. Unluckily, ...Read More

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Culture, Cuisine and Souvenirs

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Attraction | "On How I Did Miss a Triple Alliteration"

Promenade at Sunset Photo, Nakhon Phanom, Thailand
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CulturePhra That Phanom Fair celebrates the stuppa in That Phanom (see that entry in this journal); it is held in February or March.The Illuminated Boat Procession (Huea Fai) takes place in October or November, during a full moon night and marks the end of the rainy season. Large bamboo boats carrying on them candles, lamps and other colorful items float over the Mekong in front of the town.A related event is the Boat Races taking place every year at the end of the Buddhist Lent. This event can be witnessed on every Thai city along a river, but here the competition is between Thai and Laotian people. The long boats used for the competition can carry up ...Read More

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Traveling to and in Nakhon Phanom

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Attraction | "A Conscious Effort"

Promenade at Sunset Photo, Nakhon Phanom, Thailand
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TravelDeep within Isaan, reaching Nakhon Phanom demands a conscious effort, though as usual in Thailand traveling around is easy. The problem is that this town – like Ubon Ratchathani, another important destination in Isaan – is not along National Highway 2, the main road connecting Bangkok with Vientiane in ...Read More

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That Phanom

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Attraction | "On Three Languages and One Stuppa"

Phra That Phanom Chedi Photo, That Phanom, Thailand
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Nakhon Phanom is one of the few Thai provinces where the provincial main religious attraction is not within the limits of its capital city. 53 kilometers south of Nakhon Phanom, along the road to Mukdahan, and along the Mekong River, the little town of That Phanom is worth a detailed visit. The town is an important pilgrimage centre for Thais due to the Phra That Phanom Chedi. The Town’s NameEven the name is special. "That Phanom" means the "Stuppa (on, of the) Hill." Som...Read More

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