The Mekong

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    The dry season......some views from Wat Phra That Pa Ngao downstream from Chiang Saen.
    24 February 2018

    Looking downstream
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    Looking upstream
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    look closely at the above pic & notice
    1. River dredging for sand on the Laos side
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    2. The massive new Kings Roman Chinese city being built at the Golden Triangle by the casino
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    Unbelievable you might say too.
     
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    Huai Sai Mann viewpoint.
    August 2018


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    The Golden Triangle - Don Phueng / King Roman & what an amazing transformation happening on the Laos side.
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    Disturbing you may well think.
     
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    Disturbing, ugly, sad.... and other words come to mind.
    The local Laos people will gain nothing from this development.
     
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    Came back from Mekong Pizza in Sop Ruak, a couple of nights ago and noticed they have put pointy top pieces on the 16 story hotel across the river.
    In fact, night time really shows the huge extent of the ugly transformation across the river, as the city now covers a large area.
    Much of it looks like a childrens fairground with lights everywhere. There seem to be light effects on all the larger buildings. Bright reds, yellows and pinks, flashing around across the roofs and outside of the buildings.
    The other time you notice it, is when coming down the hill before the Hall of Opium, on the way from Mae Sai.
    It would probably not be an understatement to say it is one of the ugliest views in Thailand.
    Fortunately, it isn't in Thailand.....
     
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    June 2019 some magnificent views from Wat Phrathat Pha Ngao, downstream from Chiang Saen
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    It is amazing how low some of the boats sit in the Mekong.
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    A MRC Mekong River Commission survey boat in the river. I would love to know exactly what they were checking.
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