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Nong Khai News Page 6

Added on 12/01/02

Voting

from Chirawan

Nong Khai people go to vote for a Member of the Municipal Council on 20th January. Voting is from 8.00-3.00 in the afternoon and the restaurants can't sell alcoholic drinks.

Added on 22/12/01

Meditation

from Phra Phonexay Silavan

On third of January all of the Buddhist students in Nong Khai University will be doing meditation for ten days. If any foreigner needs to practice please join with us, without paying for any of the courses. We will invite a famous meditation teacher who will give us lectures as well.
Contact Phra Phonexay Silavan, 1o68 Haisok temple, Naimueng Nongkhai 43000.Thailand

Added on 18/12/01

New Harbour in Wat Haisok

from Phra Phonexay Silavan

The Thai government is planning to build a new boat stopping place in Nongkhai at Wat Haisok. The countries along the Mekong river; Laos, Thailand, Burma,  Cambodia, Vietnam and China, plan to send cargo to one another. 

The boat restaurant leaves from Wat Haisok at present. 

Added on 15/10/01

Nong Khai 7th best

from Rath Chuklin

The magazine Modern Maturity rates Nong Khai as the seventh best place in the world for senior Americans to live in. The article in the May-June copy is entitled "Life Abroad: The World's 15 Best Places for a Home Away from Home." About the article the magazine says:

The World's 15 Best Places to Live Abroad: Modern Maturity sent teams of researchers out in search of 40 exotic locales around the globe to determine the absolute best places for a home away from home. The magazine graded each destination using 12 categories, ranging from weather and cost of living to cultural programs and political stability. And the winners are:

1. Costa del Sol, Spain

9. Ambergris Caye, Belize

2. Cinque Terre, Italy

10. Tunis, Tunisia

3. Provence, France

11. Algarve, Portugal

4. Bouquete, Panama

12. Cayman Islands

5. St. Vincent & The Grenadines

13. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

6. County Clare, Ireland

14. Pafos, Cyprus

7. Nong Khai, Thailand

15. Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

8. Crete, Greece

 

View The Nation newspaper report on the article here.

Added on 03/03/01

Taleban Vandals

from Phra Phonexay Silavan

When I saw the news on TV of the Moslems in Afghanistan destroying the valuable ancient Buddha statues I got upset. Although I am a Buddhist monk my feelings are that all religions should be teaching people to do good things and help each other. No matter what religion you follow one day you are going to die so you should respect all people. Buddha says to conduct yourself in a wholesome way and to get rid of unwholesome feelings and thoughts. The Taleban do not respect all people and are not conducting themselves in a wholesome way. The Taleban are not going to live forever and should leave the Buddha images for future generations. The United Nations should be more actively protecting our heritage all around the world from acts of vandalism such as are taking place at present.

Added on 31/01/01

Mae Sot for Chinese New Year

from Maxwell

Our friends Yai and Ai and four year old son Tata took us to Mae Sot last Thursday night. Departing at 9pm Yai drove via Udon Thani, Loei, Phisanaloke, Sukhothai and Tak to arrive at about 6am. He worked there for four years and has friends and relatives there. After a rest we had a tasty Chinese breakfast and a walk through the extensive market back to the hotel. Then we went to the new bridge over the river to Myanmar. As in Mae Sai you can pay US$10 to Immigration to walk over for the day if you want to. MaeSotStatue04

At the bridge there is another big market with lots of carved wood. I have some photos to show you of figures about two metres high which are carved from teak.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then it was off to lunch with a friend of his at one of Thailand's prettiest restaurants; I think it is the prettiest. It is a work of art, with swans on the water and a resident pelican. 

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Dinner was khantoke style but the guys sat on top of the cushions so I was comfortable. This was at another very good restaurant with more very good food. After dinner we spent some time in the "Crocodile Tear" restaurant listening to good musicians who played requests in English and Thai. It was shades of Crocodile Dundee with Australian decorations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday morning was spent trying to see where the action was from an early hour. Then it was at the corner and it was dragons, drums and fire crackers. The photos just cannot do the spectacle justice as they do not come with the deafening noise and the smell of the clouds of smoke. 

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After breakfast it was back along the road to Tak to a temple and then to a large market and a cup of coffee from freshly ground, locally grown beans. The restaurant jutted from the side of the hill to ensure a good view of the green forest in all directions.

An agricultural research station growing temperate plants was a pretty stop before getting to a waterfall for a lunch of the market bought produce after a short walk. This was 66km from Mae Sot. Then it was back to town to see a couple of Wats including one in Myanmar style with alcoves containing statues all over the place. Dinner was at a Chinese restaurant with the usual high standard Mae Sot food.

We didn't leave the next morning until about 8.30 and drove to Sukhothai Historical Park to take photos of the impressive remains of Thailand's first capital. Driving around was easier than walking as I have in the past. There are rubber-tyred trains for groups. There were more foreign tourists than Thais most of the time and some of you will no doubt be seeing Tata's combat stances from his favourite cartoon shows.

We had lunch there and then headed back to Phu Rua where we stopped off at Chateau De Loei to see the vineyard. There are 2000 rai (800 acres) of grapes, including both wine grapes and table grapes. Wine is for sale in the highway shop. Coffee and food are also available. We reached Nong Khai at about 8pm.

Added on 31/01/01

Priscilla goes shopping

from Maxwell

Priscilla Kibbie from the U.S.A. went shopping in Nong Khai and Vientiane (in Laos) to see where to take her groups of "wearable art" people when they tour Thailand in the future. She was impressed by the potential of both locations for filling suitcases. When she left she was off to Nha Kha village, Khon Kaen and Chonnabot to see silk and silk weaving. Later she was going to visit Chiang Mai. Priscilla is keeping her groups to only twenty people so contact her early for a place on her shopping expeditions. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Added on 31/01/01

Novice monks

from Grape

In Bung Khan, at the eastern end of Nong Khai Province, a total of two hundred students and people will join the Sawang Saran Tumkun Temple for meditation and learning in April, from the 5th to the 28th. They will not be shaving their heads. A total of one hundred and twenty others will be joining them who will shave their heads. 

Added on 01/01/01

Any old computers?

from Maxwell

Do you have a room full of computers you have replaced but don't want to just throw out. Box them up and send them to a local school. They can invest in new keyboards and a software package that has the computers use both English and Thai. Send us an email for the addresses of some schools.

Added on 01/01/01

Nong Khai Public Library.

from Maxwell

If you happened to do any computer programming units last century in the 70's you would have been marking cards with a dark pencil and then giving them to someone to put through a card reader. While all this is ancient history in computerdom, the local library here has an English language computing book on its shelves which has this as the current means of inputting data into computers. Needless to say the book was published a long time ago. Twenty years in fact. However that is only half the age of the set they have of "The Columbia Viking Desk Encyclopedia" which was published in 1960. The set of "Comptons Pictured Encyclopedia" is from 1963. 

If you have a book you want to donate to the library their address is 

Nong Khai Public Library,

Meechai Road,

Nong Khai, Thailand  43000.

Added on 23/12/00

Merry Christmas.

from Maxwell and Grape.

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Added on 06/12/00

Boat trips.

by Maxwell

On the 24th December a boat trip 20km downstream will take place. On the 31st December a boat trip 20 km upstream will take your place. To take your place on the boat fill in the form. The cost is 50 Baht per person which does not include anything (other than a seat on the boat). The trips will take about three hours each. Drinks and food will be on sale on the boat.

Added on 06/12/00

Dengue fever.

by Maxwell

This year 72 people, mainly children, as it is like measles, contracted dengue fever in Nong Khai Province. One four year old died from it. The population of Nong Khai Province is nearly one million.

Added on 24/11/00

Donating new saffron robes to the monks.

by Maxwell

With the ending of the three months that the monks have to stay at the Wat every night, new saffron robes were presented to them. The group made a procession from a nearby street and entered the grounds accompanied by local villagers who also carried gifts for the monks. The procession circled the chapel three times before entering the hall to worship before making the presentation. A band of musicians accompanied the group. Some walked, and some played on the back of the truck that followed the procession. 

Added on 11/11/00

Rural retreat

by Maxwell

We are currently looking for properties on the Mekong in a price range up to US$30,000. The buyer is interested in quiet locations. These conditions are met by properties out of town as those in the town are more expensive and not quiet. To live on one of these properties you would need a vehicle and either speak Thai or be with someone who does. It is unlikely the local villagers will speak anything other than Thai. We have a number of places fulfilling these conditions and only one is going to be needed by the buyer. If you are thinking of retiring to Thailand and are interested in living by the river send us an email.

Added on 17/10/00

Naga fire

by Maxwell

The night of the 13th saw traffic jams along the Mekong as thousands crowded the banks to see fire rockets pop up from the misty waters of the dark river. A pedestrian and two motorcyclists won't be seeing another one, having been casualties of traffic accidents. We stopped off at two places to witness the phenomenon, and join in the collective "Ooohs" and "Aahs" which heralded each appearance.

The day had begun with a visit to a Wat east of Phon Phisai that has a thousand year history and is organizing itself with the surrounding villagers as a tourist attraction. There were products for sale from bamboo weaving, cotton and silk weaving, traditional medicine and handicrafts. Storytellers described the area's history (in Thai) and musicians entertained. We took many photos that we will put on these pages.BACK