Friday, November 30, 2007

Nong Khai

Hi Bloggers,

Here are some shots of my recent trip to Nong Khai. Nong Khai's as charming and sleepy a town as you could hope to find. It lies on the mighty Mekong River which flows unrelentingly on down to Vietnam. The Mekong is one of the widest rivers in Asia, and here is no exception. On the other side you can see Laos. In fact, you can even go across for a day trip via the Friendship Bridge. Mind you, your pocket'll be about $20 lighter for this privilege.

Apart from the laid back feel of the market and central area, the main attraction is Wat Sala Kaew Kou. Within the temple compound is the now famous Sculpture Park, with a huge array of all kinds of statue. Most depict some aspect of the Buddha or Buddhism, but there are also some strange animals, such as dogs and snakes.

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