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  • Wat Phra That Phanom
    Wat Phra That Phanom
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    Wat Phra That Phanom
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    Dinosaur Footprints Tha Uthen

    by Cathy&Gary Written Apr 8, 2012
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    Now it is time for us to leave Nakhon Phanom and drive to Nong Khai which is another 350 kilometers away, but there will be a stop along the way as we have heard there is a place with Dinosaur Footprints, hope we can find it!!

    Well we were about 20 kilometers outside Nakhon Phanom, the Dinosaur Footprints place is on the map, so we should be there now, it looks like somehow we have missed it and Gary is refusing to go back looking for it. So we just keep heading for Nong Khai following the Mekong. Then about another 80 kilometers out we see a sign and turn off the main road.

    Amazing there is the Dinosaur Footprints Park at Tha Uthen, we have found it. Well this is amazing and for the first time I am seeing footprints that are millions of years old. The park is nicely set up with different viewing areas and info on what you are looking at.

    Some of the Dinosaur footprints found here are the Ornithomimosaurs which with their toothless beaks and slender feet made them look like giant featherless birds with clawed hands and a long tail. They are among the fastest dinosaurs being able to run up to 70 kilometers an hour. Sauropods were the biggest land animals and very slow moving, their long tails were to help keep them balanced and to also protect them from predators.

    The amount of footprints found at Tha Uthen show that over 100 million years ago this old river bank provided very good feeding grounds.

    There is a lot of work happening at this place, huge fiber glass dinosaurs ready to be put together, workers everywhere, buildings going up. So it looks like they are turning it into a huge tourist attraction. I hope more people visit here as it is definitely off the beaten track and was not easy to find, but totally worth going to.

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    Ho Chi Minh's House

    by Cathy&Gary Updated Apr 6, 2012
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    On the outskirts of Nakhon Phanom is a little place called Ban Na Chok, it took us quite awhile to find it and we were just about to give up when Gary decided to try a small turnoff on the left, well there it was! 

    Here you will find the safe house that Ho Chi Minh lived in for several years from 1923. The house & small museum is run by the grand children of the Vietnamese immigrant who gave Ho Chi Minh shelter. Entry is free & there is a donation box inside the house.

    The gardens here are beautiful and you will see the coconut trees that were actually planted by Ho Chi Minh and the original furniture and a few of Ho Chi Minh’s possessions are still in the house.

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    Wat Phra That Phanom

    by Cathy&Gary Written Apr 6, 2012
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    This beautiful Temple is about 80 kilometers south of Nakhon Phanom, it is said that every Buddhist should visit here at least once in their lifetime. The Chedi is the main reason as it contains the chest bone of the Lord Buddha. So this makes Wat Phra That Phanom one of the most sacred Temples in Thailand and every year there is a weeklong festival with many thousands making the pilgrimage.

    Wat Phra That Phanom is full of history and was erected over 2500 years ago; it has been renovated quite a few times over the years. Archaeologists date the earliest structures to between the sixth and tenth centuries AD, with the present form of the temple being established by the Lao kings of Vientiane in the fifteenth or sixteenth century.

    The centerpiece of the temple is a 57 meter tall Chedi which is decorated with 110 kilograms of gold!

    On August 11th 1975 the entire pagoda collapsed after many days of torrential rain. The Thai public made considerable donations to rebuild the pagoda to its original glory. People also placed many valuables inside the main body of the pagoda which supported by four square bases 12metres wide.

    In the rainy season for about three months during July, August and September (depending on the lunar months), the monks are not allowed to sleep outside their temple and cannot defrock. Wat Phra That Phanom is then extremely busy. Every morning at dawn, the monks go out to collect food. People fill the monks bowl with rice, soft drinks, cakes and so on. This is called "TAKBAT” and it is very impressive in That Phanom with a row of hundreds of monks.

    We spent many hours at Wat Phra That Phanom, it is the most beautiful Temple I have ever seen, a very special place. It was also strange having Monks call out to us and wave, so I take it that not many tourists visit this area, actually I don’t think we had seen any for a couple of days! We drove there from Nakhon Phanom and the roads were excellent.

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    Mahathat temple, Nakorn Panom

    by pattayaraj Updated Jan 27, 2012
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    This temple is one holiest of Nakorn Panom people. It was built by Phraya Maha Ammat, the head of troop who migrated from Vientiene,Laos and built Nakorn Panom city. The main building 's the square-shaped stupa with 24 meters high and old ordination hall.

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    Phra That Phanom

    by pattayaraj Updated Jan 27, 2012
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    Phra That Phanom stupa located in Phra That Phanom Voravihara temple. From the Phra That Phanom's legend described about Buddha and Anond monk proceeded to this area. This sqaure -shaped stupa is 53 meters high and was built during 657- 857. It believed that it originally built in Khmer style and renovated again in Lao style.The stupa housed the relics of Buddha. In 1975, the entire stupa collapsed after many days of rainstorm. Then the Fine Art Department rebuilt the new stupa and still collected some important fragments.As you can see the terra cotta pictures on the base of chedi.

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    Pra That Tha U Then temple

    by pattayaraj Updated Apr 26, 2009
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    Located opposite Hin Bun town in Laos. Pra That Tha U Then stupa got an influence from Prathat Panom. It was built in 2455 B.E. by one monk named Phra Ajarn Sri That. This chedi housed the relic of important monk in Burma.

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    Former Provincial Governor's Residence Museum

    by pattayaraj Written Apr 26, 2009
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    This old building where 's the former provincial governor's residence and once used to be a residence for King and Queen of Thailand when visited Nakhon Phanom in 2498 BE. Nowaday, this building serves as museum displays the story about old pictures of Nakhon Phanom. On the 1st floor is a story about Nakhon Phanom in the old days. The 2nd floor is a story about the passage of King and Queen to this province.Apart from main building, a small row house behide also exhibits the story about Fire boat which 's the famous tradition of Nakhon Phanom.

    Admission fee: Free
    Closed : Monday

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    Renu Nakhon District

    by pattayaraj Written Apr 26, 2009
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    Renu Nakhon is wellknown as a home of Phu Thai ethnic minorities group who still conserve culture and tradition especially traditional dances and the custom of the Bai-Si-Su-Kwan ceremony. This group 's also an expert in weaving cotton and liquor called U. You can buy Phu Thai stuffs at the shops around Phra That Renu Nakhon temple.

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    Walking along the Mekhong Riverside

    by pattayaraj Written Aug 3, 2008
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    On Sunthornvijit Rd. or so called Rinkhong Rd. in Nakhon Panom city. There's 3 kms long road wich faced the river. Along this 3 kms located some old shophouses and buildings both built from wood and cement. Some 're French Colonial style which was built by Vietnamese. The most famous craftman 's Kuba Vijitrjaroen. His surname became the name of one road in Nakhon Panom.

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    Menam Khong Under Water World

    by pattayaraj Written Aug 2, 2008
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    The Menam Khong Under Water World located at Nong Yaat reservoir on the West of Nakhon Panom city. It's an aquarium where collected fresh water fishes which found in an area of Khong River,such as Giant Cat fish, Mantaray,... You can walk pass glass tunnel to see the life of fishes. They also collected other interesting and rare fishes.
    Open: Mon-Fri 10.00-17.00 hrs. Sat-Sun 09.00-18.00 hrs.
    Admission fee: Child 10 THB/Adult 30 THB

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    Menam Khong Under Water World

    by pattayaraj Written Aug 2, 2008
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    The Menam Khong Under Water World located at Nong Yaat reservoir on the West of Nakhon Panom city. It's an aquarium where collected fresh water fishes which found in an area of Khong River,such as Giant Cat fish, Mantaray,... You can walk pass glass tunnel to see the life of fishes. They also collected other interesting and rare fishes.
    Open: Mon-Fri 10.00-17.00 hrs. Sat-Sun 09.00-18.00 hrs.
    Admission fee: Child 10 THB/Adult 30 THB

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    Nakhon Phanom old jail /Chom Khong Public Park

    by pattayaraj Updated Jun 2, 2008
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    The old jail of Nakhon Panom from 1975 - 2001, it's now serve as Public Park where still have some remains of jail. The main building used to be a museum which exhibited about life in jail. It still have some human models in every rooms. At the fron t building, some rooms use as massage shop in average price.

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    Phra That Renu Nakhon

    by pattayaraj Written Apr 26, 2009
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    Phra That Renu Nakhon or stupa is 35 meters high. It was built in 1918 by followed the model of Phra That Phanom. The stupa housed Buddhist scripture and Buddha image.

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    The former Nakhon Phanom City hall

    by pattayaraj Updated Apr 4, 2007
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    The former Nakhon Phanom City hall was built in European style. Nowaday,it was changed to be National Library .

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