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Thursday, March 17, 2011

16 years in Isaan

and 12 years of southeastasiatimes to isaan-life to today's isaan-live.
Back in those days I would buy slide film from a place on Silom Road in Bangkok, shoot it, EMS it back down to Bangers and the would EMS back to Nong Khai.
Bad selection of and out of date film ruled back then. So at the end of the day Bangkok was the way to go. There was no dual carraigeway between Nong Khai, Udon and Khon Kaen. It used to take 12 hours by train from nongkhai to bkk. Oh well, now it takes 13 TIT. The bus from Nong Khai to Nakhon Phanom (2d class air) took between 5 and 7 hours, depending on breakdowns and roadwork. The only bridge crossing the Mekhong was in Nong Khai and boats were the way most people arrived in isaan. Even back then there was a lot of travel between Vietnam and thailand. This region of Thailand has a large Vietnamese community The old wooden market was still there and quite the social center.
Anyhow here's a look back