2015 - North-Eastern Thailand and Laos - Day 5

North-Eastern (I-San) Thailand and Laos
16 Nov to 10 Dec 2015 (25 days)
 
Day 05 (20 Nov) Kalasin to Sakon Nakhon (129km)

This morning we took the 9.50am bus to Sakon Nakhon bus station arriving at 12.20pm. At the station we took the yellow bus for a 6km drive to town. Sakon Nakhon is in the upper Northeast. It is on the Phu Phan mountain range and has many forest temple retreats for meditation.

In the afternoon we visited two temples: Wat Phra That Choeng Chum and Wat Si Sumang. Dinner was at the Wat Si Sumang temple and also for I-san cultural show in the temple ground.

Sleeping at Imperial Sakon Hotel, Sakon Nakhon


Lunch in a Vietnamese restaurant in Sakon Nakhon. The making of Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls.

The making of Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls.


Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls are incredibly fresh and healthy. The peanut dipping sauce that accompanies this is sensational and completely addictive! We all loved it!





Sleeping at Imperial Sakon Hotel.

Rotary Club of Sakon Nakhon meets in this hotel every Wednesday.


From the parking area, I could see Wat Phra That Choeng Chum, a major and sacred religious monument of Sakon Nakhon Province.

Wat Phra That Choeng Chum, Sakon Nakhon
Wat Phra That Choeng Chum, Sakon Nakhon
Wat Phra That Choeng Chum, Sakon Nakhon
In the center of Sakhon Nakhon town, close to the vast Nong Han Lake is the Wat Phra That Choeng Chum. Originally a 10th century Khmer monastery, the temple is highly revered as it is believed that the four incarnations of the Buddha came to this spot and pressed their footprint in the soil. The white chedi was built to cover the footprints of the four Buddhas.

Wat Phra That Choeng Chum, Sakon Nakhon

Wat Phra That Choeng Chum, Sakon Nakhon. On all sides of the Chedi were “Nagas” or Prayanaks that were very realistic looking. I assume the Prayanak are there to guard the Chedi.

The dragons at Wat Phra That Choeng Chum, Sakon Nakhon


Beautiful chapel in Phra That Choeng Chum, Sakhon Nakhon.

Wat Phra That Choeng Chum, Sakon Nakhon. At the temple site, I was taken away even more at the central Thai style architecture of the buildings.
Wat Phra That Choeng Chum, Sakon Nakhon
Wat Phra That Choeng Chum, Sakon Nakhon
Wat Phra That Choeng Chum, Sakon Nakhon
Wat Phra That Choeng Chum, Sakon Nakhon

Wat Phra That Choeng Chum, Sakon Nakhon
Wat Phra That Choeng Chum, Sakon Nakhon
Wat Phra That Choeng Chum, Sakon Nakhon
Another chapel of Wat Phra That Choeng Chum, Sakon Nakhon.

Wat Phra That Choeng Chum, Sakon Nakhon. The building that housed the Luang Phor Phra Ong Saen Buddha statue.
Wat Phra That Choeng Chum, Sakon Nakhon. Inside the building that housed the Luang Phor Phra Ong Saen Buddha statue was a monk performing blessing to devotees. This image was cast in the Chiang Saen style in 1257.
Wat Phra That Choeng Chum, Sakon Nakhon

Wat Phra That Choeng Chum, Sakon Nakhon




Wat Phra That Choeng Chum, Sakon Nakhon

Young monks mopping the temple compound.


Wat Phra That Choeng Chum, Sakon Nakhon. The chedi is of rectangular shape, it is made of mortar and bricks with a height of 24 meters.


The night view of the Chedi with the moon.

Wat Phra That Choeng Chum, Sakon Nakhon. The white and gold chedi is shown on the provincial seal and on the 10 Satang coin.



Wat Si Sumang, Sakhon Nakhon. We had our free dinner here with all the temple devotees.



Wat Si Sumang, Sakhon Nakhon is a monastery - a building and grounds where a community of monks lives in seclusion .




I-san cultural show in the Wat Si Sumang, Sakhon Nakhon temple ground.

I-san cultural show in the Wat Si Sumang, Sakhon Nakhon temple ground.










I-san cultural show in the Wat Si Sumang, Sakhon Nakhon temple ground.
















Click below to view:
Day 01 (16.11.15) AirAsia AK 856 KUL. 12.45pm to Chiang Mai, (1738km)
Day 02 (17 Nov) Chiang Mai to Loei to Phu Kradueng to Khon Kaen (691km)
Day 03 (18 Nov) Khon Kaen City walk around
Day 04 (19 Nov) Khon Kaen City to Kalasin (80km)
Day 05 (20 Nov) Kalasin to Sakon Nakhon (129km)

Day 06 (21 Nov) Sakon Nakhon to Nakhon Phanom (92km)
Day 07 (22 Nov) Nakhon Phanom - day trip to Thakhek, Laos (62km)
Day 08 (23 Nov) Nakhon Phanom to Mukdahan (125km)
Day 09 (24 Nov) Mukdahan - trip to Phu Pha Thoet National Park (108km)
Day 10 (25 Nov) Mukdahan to Ubon Ratchathani by bus (194km)

Day 11 (26 Nov) Ubon Ratchathani to Pakse to Si Phan Don, Laos (291km)
Day 12 (27 Nov) Si Phan Don - a long walk to Somphamit Waterfall
Day 13 (28 Nov) Si Phan Don to Ubon Ratchathani by bus (291km)
Day 14 (29 Nov) Ubon Ratchathani to Si Sa Ket by van (67km)
Day 15 (30 Nov) Si Sa Ket to Buri Ram by train (148km)

Day 16 (01 Dec) Buri Ram - day visit to 3 places (219km)
Day 17 (02 Dec) Buri Ram to Nakhon Ratchasima by train (129km)
Day 18 (03 Dec) Nakhon Ratchasima - day trip to Phimai (120km)
Day 19 (04 Dec) Nakhon Ratchasima to Bangkok by train (264km)
Day 20 (05 Dec) Bangkok - Chao Phraya River boat ride to Khaosan Road

Day 21 (06 Dec) Bangkok - rest day and dinner at Royal Bangkok Sports Club
Day 22 (07 Dec) Bangkok to Prachuap Khiri Khan by train (320km)
Day 23 (08 Dec) Prachuap Khiri Khan
Day 24 (09 Dec) Prachuap Khiri Khan to Hatyai by night train (660km)
Day 25 (10 Dec) Hatyai to Butterworth by train and to KL by bus (555km)
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