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Unique Villages, Ban Chiang
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Near Khon Kaen - the Sai Ngam Banyan Tree and Shrine

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Part 2 of 4. Khon Kaen, Sai Ngam, Bang Song Silk village, Ban Kok Turtle Village, Koo Kaew Mat Weaving Village, Ban Chiang, Udon Thani, Kamchanod, the home of the Great Naga

Part 2 of 4. Khon Kaen, Sai Ngam, Bang Song Silk village, Ban Kok Turtle Village, Koo Kaew Mat Weaving Village, Ban Chiang, Udon Thani, Kamchanod, the home of the Great Naga

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Thailand's Isan Region Part 2

  1. 1. Thailand's Isan Region Part 2 of 4 Unique Villages, Ban Chiang and the Naga Temple Gillick's World Destination e-magazines and slide shows: For those who choose to explore the world All photos owned and copyright Steve Gillick and Mitsuru Sasaki www.gillicksworld.ca
  2. 2. Near Khon Kaen - the Sai Ngam Banyan Tree and Shrine
  3. 3. Sai Ngam is the largest banyan grove in Thailand, spanning an area of some 1,350 square metres. The Buddha is believed to have become enlightened under a type of banyan known as “sacred fig” or “Bodhi tree”.
  4. 4. Sai Ngam is considered sacred by locals, and thought to be occupied by a powerful spirit. They regularly offer incense sticks and colourful streams of flower garlands to the spirit house near Sai Ngam’s original 350-year-old trunk.
  5. 5. A family celebrates at one of the shrines at Sai Ngam
  6. 6. A small market sells statuettes of holy men and good-luck spirits for home alters and spirit houses
  7. 7. Bang Song Silk Village
  8. 8. Silk worm cocoons are boiled to allow the threads to be extracted
  9. 9. There are 80 families in the village. Silk production is a family affair
  10. 10. The start of the process--silk worms munch on a diet of mulberry leaves.
  11. 11. Weaving the silk...this is one of Isan's most important cottage industries.
  12. 12. Silk production takes place in the cool of the ground level--near the kitchen and daytime 'relaxing' areas
  13. 13. Ban Kok Turtle Village. When we arrived at 5:30 pm, the turtles had not yet emerged. We fed a few that wandered around on the main street.s.
  14. 14. The Tao Pek, or elongated turtles embody holy spirits that have protected the village for the past 250 years.
  15. 15. A few very helpful locals searched their yards and storehouses to find sleeping turtles. This woman brought one out for us to see!
  16. 16. Villagers set out mangoes, melons, jackfruit, grapes and other fruits. The turtles smell them and then clamour out of the bushes (left) to take in the feast.
  17. 17. Turtles will be turtles. They make loud hissing noises during courtship. After the eating frenzy, just as the sun starts to set, you can hear the turtles.
  18. 18. Dinner at the Khon Kaen Night Market
  19. 19. We sat in front of the Pad Thai stall
  20. 20. Fresh, tasty Pad Thai and Singha Beer for dinner
  21. 21. After the silk and turtle villages, we heard about the cobra village (Kok Sanga) so we decided to explore. It was very hokey, touristy and expensive so we left after a few minutes.
  22. 22. Traffic Congestion
  23. 23. Heading in thew direction of Udon Thani we stopped to appreciate the scenery and visit a roadside market. The temperature was in the mid-30's C (90F) so this dog obviously had the right idea, in between guarding the cows.
  24. 24. Water Lotus--you can snack on the seeds
  25. 25. Fresh, juicy mango
  26. 26. Mitsuru hanging out with the bunch
  27. 27. Cow and Water Buffalo Skin--just like eating beef jerky
  28. 28. Mother chicken offers a ride to one of her chicks
  29. 29. Koo Kaew --The Mat Weaving Village
  30. 30. Storehouse for weaving materials
  31. 31. The village has a temple. The side roads lead to rice fields and beautiful scenery.
  32. 32. Lunch at Nam Sau (Clear Water) Restaurant. Lemon Tea, chicken, papaya salad, sticky rice and fried rice Papaya Salad
  33. 33. Ban Chiang Archeological Site is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Known for its red pottery, the site covers the time period from 2100 BCE to 200 CE
  34. 34. Wat Pho Sri Temple in Ban Chiang
  35. 35. Kamchanot The Buddhist and Naga Forest Temple Udon Thani
  36. 36. Kamchanod is believed to be the home and entrance to the underground world of a mythical Nāga, a giant serpent who legend says breathed fireballs into the sky to form steps for Buddha to descend to heaven.
  37. 37. The great Nāga lives deep in the waters of the lake which surround a densely forested island called Wang Nakhin (Nāga Palace) which is connected to the temple grounds by a 100 metre bridge guarded on each side by two seven-headed serpents.
  38. 38. Shrines on the island, where visitors pray to the Great Naga and to Buddha
  39. 39. Flower garlands around the Chanot trees pay homage to the Naga and carry blessings of good fortune
  40. 40. Visitors rub their hands quickly in circles on the gongs to make them 'sing'; a sound that appeases the Great Naga and brings good fortune
  41. 41. Veneration at one of the statues of a holy man
  42. 42. Auspicious markings on the chanot trees. Families gather to 'interpret' the markings which reveal numbers that may correspond to winning lottery tickets!
  43. 43. Morning scene in Nakhon Phanom End o Part 2—Next we visit Sakon Nakorn and Nakhon Phanom.

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