Isaan (Maha-Sarakham & Roi-Et)

Trip Start Jan 12, 2010
Trip End Dec 02, 2010

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Maha Sarakham

I left for Maha Sarakham on 26th August from Khon Kaen. All went well in the beginning. I managed to find a cheap place to stay and it seemed a nice little town. Then things started to go wrong. The previous day (which was my last day in Khon Kaen) i felt fatigued, which i thought was from the previous day's long riding and trekking at Phu Wiang National park, however, in actual fact, it was the beginning of a really bad cold with flu like symptoms which came out in full effect the day i arrived in Maha Sarakham. Excuse the crude analagy, but i felt rougher than a rhino's cock. So, i spent a couple of days here layed up in bed most of the time, overdosing on Vitiman C tablets, nurofen and other medicins. Though i could have forced myself to have done a few day trips if i'd wanted to, been a small town, bike hire was non-existant. So the 2 Khmer ruins (Ku Mahathat and Ku Santarat) as well as 2 forest parks (Chi Long forest park and Dun Lam Phan forest) i'd wanted to visit in this area, i wasn't able to do anyway. So, after a few days of sleeping and taking tablets i felt better, enough so even, that on the last night i went to the small cinema they have here to watch Expendables. It was dubbed in thai language, but with Stallone in it, i probably understood it more in thai than i would have in english anyway lol.

It's the first time i've been ill since my time here in Thailand. Still, i got to see part of the town of Maha Sarakham, it's just a shame it had no bikes for hire, otherwise i'd have hung around longer to see the places i wanted to see. Anyway, on the 28th Aug i left for Roi-Et which is east of here.

Roi Et 

Upon arriving in Roi Et, i was feeling 90% better, so convinced nothing else could go wrong, what happens?... munching away on an apple, a back tooth that's been playing up recently decides to break. Hopefuly it can wait until i return home to sort out as i don't really want to spend a lot of money and consequently, loose a week out here for a tooth. We'll see how it goes. 

Anyway, i got a cheap room here, but again, motorbike hire is a big no-no. However, attractions can be split into 2 categories, those within the city and those outside the city in other districts. I only need the bike to visit out of city attractions, so Ku Prang, Ku Ka Sing and Ku Phra Ko Na (3 Khmer ruins) and Pha Nam Yoi (a wildlife and forest park) that i was planning on visiting, i could no longer do. Though unlike Maha Sarakham, Roi Et has a few inner city attractions that are within easy or reasonable walking distance. These include a really nice public park called Bueng Phalan Chai. It had peddle boats, food vendors, parks, pavilions, statues and is even home to the city pillar shrine. It was a great place to walk around and meet people. Very close by is an aquarium which has a collection of aquatic animals typical to Isaan which was also a nice place to visit.

Another place i visited was Wat Buraphaphiram. As well as the main temple, it hosts a 60metre high buddha statue depicted in the pose of "giving blessing" and is actually the largest buddha statue in Thailand in this particular pose.

So after seeing the above and having no bike to go farther afield, i left Roi-Et earlier than planned and headed north to Kalasin.
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