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The Original of "Art in Nan"
A few days ago I did make a posting about "Art in Nan" with a new murual seen at a coffee shop. I thought it was the imagination of the coffee shop owner. But I found the original at the Wat Phumin in Nan town and that shows the same gestures.
It was end February 2013 that rumours started to emerge that my friend had died of an heart-attach at the age 64, just a week before his birthday (next week). As I did not see anything in the local news I could not believe it was true. But it was true. A not so very close but longtime friend had passed away. He enjoyed the last 10 years of his life as an early retirement in Thailand and enjoyed it to the max. He was an giver, not a taker. His smile, kindness and happiness will be missed by many people.
With an group of friends and some family from abroad we gathered in Bangkok for the cremation. And in Pattaya we scattered his ashes in the bay of Pattaya as the start of his final journey. And later in the evening we had an wake in one of his favorite places to have an toast and talk about the life of my friend.
A lesson learned is that as foreigner living abroad one should know what to do (or has to be done) in case of death. And one should know a bit of the legal status of inherita…
Awhile ago I was in Chiang Khong in North Thailand and I as usual I did not book a hotel before. Luckily I did remember I had seen once a new looking hotel in town, Sleep Well at The Vow. Although it is not right along the Mekong River, but along the main street in town, I loved this place. Although they call they self a hostel they also have a rooms with private bathroom. Friendly service, clean rooms and a nice breakfast. Have a look at their Facebook page : Sleeping Well Hostel
The remote province of Nan, is the base for traveling beyond the highlights in North Thailand. The history of Nan begins in the end of the 14th century and it did stay semi-independent until 1931. In the 60's and 70's it was home to the so called communists of Thailand and off limit for traveling. Historically & culturally Nan has influence from the old Lanna Kingdom but also from the Thai Lue that came from China. Something you can still see in the architecture of the many old temples and some old mansions. The city of Nan is home to many beautiful old temples, cultural heritage but also lovely restaurants, guesthouses and stunning resorts. But the upcountry province is also home to beautiful National Parks, waterfalls, mountains and descents from minority hill-tribes living in the still rural area's of Nan province.
For visiting & exploring Nan city you should take about 2 nights/3 days. For visiting the upcountry area of Nan province you should take an addition…
While traveling from Huai Kon to Bo Klua (via route 1081) you are traveling paralel to the Nan River. And it did look inviting. So when I finally saw place to access the river I made a stop. This is about 15km from the origin of the Nan River and the river is still very small and very clean. Of course in the raining season the river will be a bit bigger. A good place to cool down my feet.
If you like markets in Thailand you will like the following photos of going to the market at daily fresh market at north side of Bung Nong Khot Lake in Khon Kaen city. This market is every day from 16:00 to 19:00. The photos are made by Han, a friend of mine who visited me when I was living in Khon Kaen. This market is so busy that you think it is the only market in Khon Kaen. It is all food, some ready made but most for making you own food. Vegetables, meat, duck, eggs, mushroom, fish, shells, fruit, sweet Thai deserts, bamboo, shrimps, drinks, herbs, chicken and whatever you would find in a Thai kitchen. And as you can see all sold by smiling Thai ladies!