Vix & Alan's S.E.Asia Travel Blog travel blog

Alan on the bus to Ubon Ratchathani

Lao Thai border crossing

Strange monument in Uban Ratchathani

View of Ubon Ratchathani

Vix outside Wat nong Pa Phong

Entrance to Ubon railway station

Vix loaded up for overnight train to Bangkok from ubon

Alan says goodbye to his shoes

From the border, we crossed into Mukdahan on a local bus and then took another all-day local bus, loaded to the gunnels onto ubon Ratchathani. We booked into a decent hotel (The Lai Thong Hotel) and worked out how to get to Wat Nong Pa Phong, a nearby monastry whose Dad's friend Bante (The Venerable Ajahn Luangpor Khemadhammo) - who lives at the Warwickshire Forest hermitage which Alastair and I visited last year - trained at for a number of years previously. This is a very famous place and in a most beautiful setting. We were kindly shown around by a young American novice monk who explained many of the functions of buildings and the history of the place.

After spending a couple of nights in Ubon, we caught an all-night train to Bangkok. Alan was feeling flush so we went "first Class" which meant having a compartment to ourselves for a change. It was a good journey and we arrived early morning in Bangkok in plenty of time for our early evening flight to Krabi.

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