Pha Taem ผาแต้ม in October

Soi Sawan Waterfall น้ำตกสร้อยสวรรค์

Soi Sawan Waterfall น้ำตกสร้อยสวรรค์

I finally have some free time to catch up on some recent trips around Ubon. In October I took a visiting friend to Pha Taem National Park. We started at Soi Sawan Waterfall and as usual we climbed the thing to the top. It never gets old. It was a battle to get the park staff to give us the 100b entrance fee again unfortunately. If you get there before 8 you don’t have to worry about it. Later we went to the main park and hiked down to the ancient paintings which doesn’t take very long. This was actually my first time visiting the paintings. It was a little underwhelming but a snake on the path on the way back made things interesting. I failed to get a picture because it scared me to death before slithering off into the woods. Finally we ended the day at the 2 color river in Khong Chiam. We always have a meal on the river and they’ve got a nice little walking market there. It makes for a great day trip if you have visitors.

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Pha Taem ผาแต้ม New Year

Channel 3 had a report today from Pha Taem National Park. People flock here to see the “1st sunrise in Siam” during the cooler months and New Year’s Day is the biggest event of the year. Pretty impressive number of people out there. Click on the video below to view the report. Glad I didn’t go camping. Next week… :)

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Tad Fane Waterfall Video

Thailand could use peace right now so here is 2 minutes of nothing but peaceful Tad Fane Waterfall…

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Tad Fane Waterfall Hike น้ำตกตาดฟาน

I recently went back to Tad Fane Waterfall on the edge of the Bolaven Plateau in Laos. The purpose wasn’t to hike this waterfall but in mid afternoon I happened to be in the area and so looked for a trail. Sure enough, there is a pretty clear, though not marked, trail. In the map below I added the hiking route. It’s not too difficult of a hike but does require hiking up/down some slopes that require hanging on to roots and trees. It’s only about 600m long. There is a path that connects this waterfall to Tad Yeuang Waterfall but I didn’t look for it. There was a path up another hill to reach the South falls but I was losing light so didn’t have time to check it out. The water was ice cold but made for a great place to swim as there is another small waterfall and pool at the top.

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Huai Luang Waterfall

Just another visit to Huai Luang Waterfall in Ubon Ratchathani in late October.

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Protests in Ubon Ratchathani

As most are already aware, the government announced it will dissolve after weeks of protests and all the democrats resigning yesterday. Today protesters were supposed to either go to the government house in Bangkok or provincial halls. Ubon’s provincial hall had several hundred protesters under tents. In the early afternoon the red shirts showed up and started to setup a stage across the 4 lane highway to Yasothon. A few were trying to cross the road to the anti-government protesters but the large number of police did a good job keeping things calm. Below are a few pics and a short video. I would have gone onto the protest grounds to snap a few pics and talk to people but my wife made me promise I wouldn’t. Since I love her, I agreed. :)

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Tad Pha Suam Waterfall น้ำตกตาดผาส้วม


This is the 3rd waterfall we visited on our short trip to Laos. Like Tad Yeuang Waterfall, this one also had a market and a very good restaurant next to it. Only 20b or 5,000k to get in and you can drive right up to the falls. All of these waterfalls can easily be seen in one day, even crossing the border from Ubon and coming back if you were in a hurry.

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Tad Yeuang Waterfall น้ำตกตาดเยือง


The 2nd waterfall we visited on our short trip to Laos was Tad Yeuang Waterfall. This is up the river from Tad Fane Waterfall and the two are actually connected by a path. Tad Fane had a nice restaurant at the top but this one has a whole market with coffee shops overlooking the area. It’s an absolutely beautiful place to spend a couple hours and just relax. Like all national parks it only cost 20b or 5,000k to get in. While there was too much water for swimming, I imagine that in dry season the bottom of the falls would be swimmable. I will be back to check.

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Landing at Ubon Ratchathani Airport (UBP)

I haven’t posted one of these for awhile. Here is my landing in Ubon today. Speed x5.

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Ubon Provincial Hall

14 provincial halls have protests today. I went to check out Ubon’s provincial hall this afternoon and nobody is protesting. They do have police checks on both sides of the road, about 40 guards and a few fire trucks but that’s it.

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