Sam phan bohk I – Landscape and monks

Discussion in 'North-East Thailand Road Trip Reports' started by gerhardveer, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. gerhardveer

    gerhardveer Ol'Timer

    Sam phan bohk I – Landscape and monks

    A really dreamlike route for bikers in eastern Eesan starts in Khong Chiam ( there where Mae Nam Mun / Mae Nam Chi flows into Mekong river - "Mae Nam song si" = two colour river) - goes to Pha Taem ( rock plateau with a breathtaking ancient cliff and a phantastic view to Mekong plain and Laos). Last station is Sam Pan Bohk with it's phantastic river-landscape. You should stay for two overnight-stays ( one in Khong Chiam and one in Sam Pan Bohk) to have enough time to enjoy the scene and - specially for Sam Pan Bohk - in the dry season when Mekong has low water to see the rocks...

    Who wants, can continue passing Kemmarat to Mukdahan - if still more time:

    http://www.gt-rider.com/thailand-mot...g-Long-Phu-Tok

    Khong Chiam: 15.318521, 105.498413 - +15° 19' 6.68", +105° 29' 54.29"
    Pha Team : 15.399280, 105.507832 - +15° 23' 57.41", +105° 30' 28.20"
    Sam Pan Bohk : 15.823037, 105.365278 - +15° 49' 22.93", +105° 21' 55.00"

    "3000 holes" - you surely could add one or tw "0" more, it still would't enough! The rapids of Mekong north of the wellknown Pha Taem Nationalpark are the most fascinating river landscape I've ever seen. Mekong here has to pass a some kilometers long narrow section where it flows during the rainy seasons with high speed which makes a high erosion. The sandstone has different hard layers which therefore are eroded with different intensity - that's why big blocks and plates break down at erosion banks. Consequence: breathtaking rock formations! Where single blocks persist in dips of the rocky surface and are moved by burbels deep and round wholes are generated - the "bohks". In the dry season when the water flows up to eight meters deeper, you can see the result.
    The first time I've been there I had good luck to meet some monks there who invited me to make make a boat trip with them.

    Part one: The monks in their orange cowls in that landscape of reddish sandstone in the soft light of the evening - it was a dream....

    Part two : http://www.gt-rider.com/thailand-motorcycle-forum/showthread.php/38297-Sam-phan-bohk-II-%96-rocky-banks-golden-morning-fishermen?p=289782#post289782

    Part three :http://www.gt-rider.com/thailand-motorcycle-forum/showthread.php/38308-Sam-phan-bohk-III-%96-going-by-boat-to-rocky-beauties?p=289809#post289809

    Three more parts will follow !

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    The resort of Song Khon at the beginning of the rapids (look the huge tree right)

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  3. gerhardveer

    gerhardveer Ol'Timer

    in the dry seasons they make gardens on the sedimented soil - each year the same game...

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  4. gerhardveer

    gerhardveer Ol'Timer

    Mekong-buddhas

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  5. gerhardveer

    gerhardveer Ol'Timer

  6. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer

    Lovely Photo's..

    Thanks for sharing..

    Cheers
    Brian
     
  7. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    Wow, your photos of the monks are simply breathtaking. Bravo and thanks for sharing them with us :happy1:
     
  8. ronwebb

    ronwebb Ol'Timer

    Outstanding photography and a fabulous study of monks. The colors of the rocks, from minerals I guess, are fascinating. Thanks for posting.
     
  9. Jurgen

    Jurgen Ol'Timer

    Wonderful colorful pictures Gerhard. They prove that Isan has a lot to offer to bikers and photographers … not only grey and straight roads.
    I think that I have been in that region once, at least very near. It's about time to schedule another trip down there :)
    I love the monks pictures mixing relaxed moments with more meditative instants. Great illustrations.
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