34. Nong Khai
This was funny today. I had everything packed up and ready to go, heading towards Nakhon Panom along the supposedly beautiful winding Mehkong river road, an easy four hour ride, getting me there around 1 p.m.
I had breakfast at the somewhat interesting hotel, a converted big car dealership, run by an older woman and her smart young daughter, a lawyer, no less.
Before I left the town I wanted to ride one more time to the river here in town and have a look at the river promenade in the early morning hours, when a nice older gentleman came out of a small house directly on the river bank and asked me whether I like an espresso. Indeed, he had a brand new, big Italian machine; I couldn't resist.
To make a long story short: After two excellent espressi I booked one of the two rooms he rents and I will stay -unexpectedly- another two days in this quiet, almost tourist-free city on the spectacular river. My window in the second story room overlooks the river and Laos on the other side.
|The small place where I stay has two little dogs who were rescued by the owners brother, one male, one female.|
|He said his brother got the two puppies from the street and then had to spend a fortune on the vet to have all the checks and immunizations done. Of course, and it will not stop there.|
|My room, second floor.|
|Sala Kaew Ku. An amazing Buddha sculpture garden, just outside of town. Some of the sculptures are 30 meters tall. Seeing is believing.|
|Wat Phu taek. Beautiful. I went to get a blessing by the monk.|
|Good idea in this climate: Almost each little Thai town has one or more outdoor gyms which are very much used in the evening hours. This one has the splendid river location.|
|I met this nice Muslim couple on a 2014 BMW R1200 GS Adventure, water-cooled, from Singapore |
They came from Laos and told me that they brought the mud from there. Very bad roads!
|They mounted also a good selection of TOURATECH merchandise on the bike.|
|They are heading to Hua Hin on the oter side of the Gulf of Siam for the December 4th Bike Week.|
The "casual" river border crossing into Laos. Not available to me.
|"I don't like to have my picture taken!"|
|Doggie: "Oh yes, this is great, please take many pictures of me, I am sweet, aren't I?"|
Since I stay a relaxing two more days here I went to the car electric place and had a new German HELLA horn (Made in India) mounted. It took them a little over an hour, including the part for the equivalent cost of $ 8. Not too bad.
A horn is needed here.