Chiang Khong & The Giant Catfish

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Late 1980s & the "Original" Tammila Guesthouse in the main street.

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Pla Buek Resort, late1980s?

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once the party resort / spot in town.

Davidfl;291850 wrote: Pla Buek Resort, late1980s?

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once the party resort / spot in town.

Finally,, thePla Buek site has been sold & is being turned into a 5-star hotel resort by Fortune Hotel Bangkok.
 
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Once upon a time, long ago before the Xayaboury dam the catfish were quite plentiful in the Mekong near Chiang Khong.
April was catfish season & there was a constant line of boats with nets out across the Mekong to catch these monsters of the Mekong.
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Fisherman camped out beside the Khong; & the boats took it in turns to sail out & drop a net as they went.
They then drifted downstream a little & pulled in the net as they came back closer to shore.
The next boat went out & dropped his net & the next boat again repeated the process, such that there was always a net across the river hoping to catch a big one.
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When a fish was caught it was tied up to a bamboo pole in the river.
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But since the dam construction started the numbers started to decline & no with the dam, no more giant catfish are caught.

Those golden days for the Mekong fishermen are gone now.
 
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April 1995 & the start of the catfish season with the annual ceremony & festivities for good luck to catch the giant Mekong catfish.
Looking back now it was a total honor to witness this event, the real deal.
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Late 80s & a couple of pics from the by the Khong.

Not sure on the exact locations, but
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I reckon this was at the Ban Saeo road junction R1290 / R4007.

Amazing how low the river was
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Wat Haad Bai?
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or Wat Muang Kan

or Wat Sob Kok


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It will be interesting to get the correct location.
The women's costumes suggest it is not Tai Lue at Haad Bai.