Thailand’s Blood Timber

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Al Jazeera recently aired a documentary on illegal rosewood logging on the Cambodia border that I highly recommend. I highlighted this topic back in 2012 because I like hiking the border area. If you hike to Phu Hin Dang they actually require that you have an armed escort. Usually you hear about logging mostly in Ubon and Sisaket but as the map below shows there are other places it can be found. I couldn’t figure out where Al Jazeera was filming but they found tiger tracks so most likely it was in southern Buriram near Thap Lan National Park where there are known to be tigers. Park staff in Ubon & Sisaket say there may be a couple tigers in that area but they haven’t been seen for years. For further reading visit here.


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I’ll be back to more regular updates soon when I get to Ubon in December.

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Isan Economy

The Bangkok Post has an interesting article about Isan’s economy and talks a lot about Ubon. It’s hard to find information like this in English so I thought I’d share. I’m not sure why they are asking a British guy about how Isan folks feel though…

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I’m Still Here.

Just FYI, I’m still alive. Working my tail off in the U.S. much of this year. It’s so good to be home and I don’t miss Thailand at all yet. :) Just kidding. I do miss Thailand. However, I think I underestimated how much I was missing the Midwest U.S. It’s just good to be back for an extended period for once. I’m slowly working on a fun post highlighting some of the reverse culture shock experiences I’m having. I think you’ll be able to relate to some of them.

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Lap Swimming Pools in Ubon Ratchathani

In February I began training for a triathlon and I was surprised to find that Ubon has quite a few lap pools available to the public. Below is a list of them. I’ll update information as I hear about it changing. The hours below are during the Summer and may change once schools open again. All pools have showers. The earlier you go in the day the fewer people there are. I was surprised how many people go during the heat of the afternoon, considering the usual Thai aversion to sunlight. There is a map below.

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Narinakul High School
Size: 50m
Hours: 08:30-19:00
Cost: 40b
Swimming Cap: Required for everyone regardless of hair length.
Notes: This is my favorite pool because it seems to be the most well maintained and there is rarely ever anyone there.

Dong Klang
Size: 25m
Hours: 08:30-19:00
Cost: 40b
Swimming Cap: Required for long hair.
Notes: The water is well maintained but the facilities are not.

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Ubon Sports School
Size: 50m
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 06:00-08:00, 15:00-20:00 Weekends 08:00-12:00, 14:00-20:00
Cost: 50b This is the only pool where you can buy a monthly membership for 500b
Swimming Cap: Required for everyone regardless of hair length.
Notes: This was still closed as of April 20.

Warin Children’s Home
Size: 25m
Hours: 09:00-19:00
Cost: 50b
Swimming Cap: Required for long hair.
Notes: One end of this pool is barely swimmable because it gets too shallow but only for a couple strokes.

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Chao Warin Pool
Size: 25m
Hours: 08:00-20:00
Swimming Cap: Required for long hair.
Notes: This one can get quite busy like the Dong Klang Pool later in the day.

Ubon Ratchathani University (Mo Ubon)
Size: 50m
Hours: 16:30-19:00
Cost: 40b
Swimming Cap: Required for everyone.
Notes: I have not been to this one yet. Just called for information.

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