2012 Bueng Khong Long - Phu Tok

Discussion in 'North-East Thailand Road Trip Reports' started by gerhardveer, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. gerhardveer

    gerhardveer Ol'Timer

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    wallclimbers

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    I'll will be big some day...

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    to the light

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    ON THE TOP!!

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  3. gerhardveer

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    going down - colours and forms of sandstone

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    stocks

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    again colours - forms - buddha

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    down again - AND HAPPY to find a waterskin....
     
  4. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    Lovely pictures! Thanks for sharing :happy1:
     
  5. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Wow. Super shots. A big welcome to GTR & a thank you for sharing Esarn with us.
     
  6. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    What's the nearest town & how to get there?
     
  7. gerhardveer

    gerhardveer Ol'Timer

    good view

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    on the way to the top

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  8. gerhardveer

    gerhardveer Ol'Timer

    Phu Tok, the hulk

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    where I wanna go....

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    let's go!

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    higher and higher...

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  9. gerhardveer

    gerhardveer Ol'Timer

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    a hulk rises in the plain...

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  10. gerhardveer

    gerhardveer Ol'Timer

    morning

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    the peninsula

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  11. gerhardveer

    gerhardveer Ol'Timer

    coming on 227/222 from Kalasin

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    Three days I rode with the bike through Eesans northeastern edge which is a rather low populated region with beautiful landscapes and still rather natural vegetation. It's an ideal region for "eco-tourists" and a wonderful spot for a slow and cozy biking on a comfortable chopper - speed drivers will probably end in one of those holes you sometimes find and feel....

    First part brings us to Bueng Khong Long and Phu Toc:
    Bueng Khong Long:

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    13km's long and 2km's wide - a big lake. It was built as a fresh water reservoir 1976 - 1979 and is since 1981 registered as a wetlands area of international ranking - for example many species of water birds come here from the north to hibernate. There's also a small peninsula where you can walk and see the natural vegetation of the waterside or watch birds and you can there also make a boat trip. Some nice restaurants you find at the western banks - they allow to rest and eat, while guarding playing kids.... The lake is ideal for water sports , fishermen and nature loving people. Can be reached by following the highway 212 from Nong Khai to Bueng Kan and further to Bueng Khla. Then take a rigth turn onto road 2026 and follow it until you reach Bueng Khong Long.

    Bueng Khong Long N17 58.223 E104 02.620
    Peninsula N18 01.412 E104 00.838
    beach restaurants N17 59.081 E104 01.538
    need room etc.? http://www.isaan-travel.com/lakeside%20inn%20page%201.htm

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    N18 13.625 E103 48.445

    Situated about 50 km's northwest of Bueng Khong Long you see a huge rock of red sandstone overtopping the green plain. Around it's vertical declining walls there are seven surrounding most wooden catwalks which you mount on arduous stairs. It's a real "stairway to heaven" which symbolizes the seven steps of buddhistic enlightenment. On the top you walk through the small forest - but pay attention, on the edges there are no balustrades, you can easily have a cost-free flight to Nirwana... It is one of the most breathtaking places I have ever been - walking on those wooden planks and some 50-60 or more meters high between sky above and nothing beneath is incredible and absolutely nothing for someone with acrophobia! You should start with good shoes in the early morning (still cool) and be in a good condition - don't forget a big bottle of water AND YOUR HANDY for emergency case... There are nearly no strangers - that region of Thailand is still really "unseen" and - as most of Thaipeople don't like exhausting things - I was up from the 3rd floor completely alone except some workers and two monks ( they were astonished at the fact to meet a 62 years old farang with a 12kg-photoequipment up there) - it's been just WONDERFUL

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    Splash Area

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  12. gerhardveer

    gerhardveer Ol'Timer

    Oufffff - I got it! The last two picture posts are inverse, next time I try to make it perfect. :D

    @ david: the next "little big town" is Seka 17.928599, 103.954854
     
  13. Rhodie

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    Welcome to GT-Rider.
    Your splendid photographs -particularly enjoy your 'eye' and subject matter- and Esarn knowledge will find an appreciative readership here.
    Thank you for taking the time to post.
    Cheers,
    Rhodie
     
  14. David Learmonth

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    Good photos thank you. Don't think I've seen any of that rock formation etc. before. Lovely scenery as well.
     
  15. Cruising

    Cruising Ol'Timer

    Thanks for the pics. I`m building a house not far from the shores of Bueng Khong Long ATM.

    It certainly is a hidden gem around there.
     

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