Mekong River in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand.
Nakhon Phanom is part of Northeastern part of Thailand, famously called Isaan Region. The province is very peaceful in contrast with the hustling and bustling of the city. It is also where the Friendship 3 is located. The bridge connects Laos and Thailand via land.
The province is famous for its long, clean and windy promenade wherein everybody can walk in his or her pleasure. One can also rent bicycles to traverse the area. Bicycles for rent is available in some hotels though I found some bicycles for rent in the area, I did not ride one since I prefer walking slowly and absorb the view.
Beautiful, misty mountain ranges of Laos are visible. There are small banca boats floating along the river, fishermen paddling around for a better catch.
Mekong River never stops to fascinates me. Besides being one of the longest rivers in Asia, it holds a lot of secrets that is passed along the history. It has witnessed several wars, gave safe passages to the political asylum seekers and gave a protective boundary to the each country lying on each opposite sides.
What is also great with the river view is that beautiful and intricately designed temples dot the area. You don’t have to roam the province to see it, it’s all in one package. There are also ferry boats with restaurants on the decks available for those who wants to go cruising in the river.
All I did when I went there was walk (and snoop) along the promenade. There are a lot of things to understand and to absorb after all. And the atmosphere is so laid back that I spent most of my time drinking coffee in the Viewkong restaurant. The restaurant is an open area beside the Mekong River. You can sit there and take everything that your eyes can see.
The statue of the Lord Naga is one of the ultimate destination of the religious people in there. People, even from Laos, go there to worship the huge statue. The statue resembles that of the famous Merlion of Singapore.
There are other places in Nakhon Phanom that are worth visiting but that I will share in my next post.