My Pride, My Thai part 29: Returning to Sakon Nakhon again!†


So-called holidays in Thailand are for me always rather extremely busy days, because there is always so much I want to do, so much I want to see (again), and so many people that I would like to see again. When it comes to people, I make a special big effort to make time for friends that stay in touch almost every day, and that I find very fun spending time with. One of these truly great people lives in the north-eastern town of Sakon Nakhon, which meant I would have to return to the Isan-region again. With a full tank of gas, the car was pointed northwards out of Bangkok. I started really early that morning, and even though a local would have driven the same distance in a much shorter time, I always like to take my time along the way. That meant, I didn’t reach Sakon Nakhon before nightfall.†


To read:†My Pride, My Thai part 1: The Preparation†(opens in a new tab).†

To read:†My Pride, My Thai part 2: The flight†(opens in a new tab).†

To read:†My Pride, My Thai part 3: The arrival†(opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 4: The first morning (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 5: Big C (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 6: Bangkok (opens in a new tab). †

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 7: 200 THB to heaven (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 8: Bangkok - Ubon Ratchathani (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 9: Being a celebrity in Thailand (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 10: From Sisakhet to Sakon Nakhon (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 11: Sakon Nakhon (opens in a new †tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 11-B: Coffee Love at Sakon Nakhon (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 12: The long drive to see the King (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 13: Hua Hin Inbox (opens in a new window).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 14: Returning to Kanchanaburi (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 15: The luxurious resort (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 16: LiT Bangkok Hotel (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 17: Nearing the end (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 18: Departure for Norway (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 19: The two forgotten hotels (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 20: Back to work again… (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 21: The new dawn starts right here (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 22: The homecoming (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 23: A world away (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 24: Hello sir… (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 25: Prachuap Khiri Khan - Hua Hin (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 26:†Hua Hin - Bangkok via Had Chao Sam Ran beach (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 27: Coffee’s Love at Petchaburi (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 28: Ayutthaya (opens in a new tab).†

The distance is a little more than Trondheim - Oslo, just a little more than 600 km. According to the map, I would spend 8 hours and 23 minutes to get there… which was a slight understatement. The route I selected was the shortest distance through Khorat (Nakhon Ratchasima), Maha Sarakam, and Kalasin. As you get close to Sakon Nakhon, there are a lot of twists and turns as you pass over a mountain, and through dense jungles. I must admit that I thought about it, during this particular part of the drive, how safe I felt while in the car with food and water with me, as long as I stayed on the road. If I stopped the car, stepped over the guard rails and walked into the dense jungle, I would be an easy pray to wildlife such as terryfying spiders, snakes, monkeys and what not. It reminded me †about a time in Narathiwat back in 1999, when I had to release some water on the side of the road, stepped almost right into an ants nest, and got attacked and bitten by hundreds, if not thousands of very upset army ants. That was experience was extremely painful to say at least, and both a doctor and countryside medical facility had to be found immediately. The following days, my legs had swollen to twice their normal size, and was full of infected bites. I would most surely not survive for a long time in a dense jungle. I’m perhaps a city boy?†


The following day in Sakon Nakhon, I was guided to a very fascinating mountain top temple a bit outside the city. We actually got lost on the way, but did find the mountain eventually. Had I known in advance how scary it was climbing the wooden paths and stairs on the cliffside, I’m not entirely sure I would have made this trip. I have a massive fear of heights, and the stairs was by far thwe worst - pretty entertaining for my firend I think! But, in the end, I’m so happy to have been there and made the trip up the side of the mountain…. it is something I will proebably not forget for a very long time. With the hand on my heart, I really hope to visit again some time in the future.

And, naturally, upon returning to Sakon Nakhon city, a night time visit to†Wat Phra That Choeng Chum Worawihan temple was bordering surreal and really spiritual. This temple is even better at night, with all the glittering details glistening in the glow from the flood lights. I could probably have spent several hours just sitting there outside the temple, looking at it and enjoying the tranquility. This temple is a must see place to visit - both day and night!†


In Sakon Nakhon, I also had the honor and pleasure to visit a charming coffee shop that I was introduced to in my previous visit to this city (read part 11-B). As I mentioned also in part 27, I have a massive addiction to coffee and cute coffee places. This place will probably forever be one place that I’d like to come back to again and again, until I’m shown more places just like that. What is the absolutely cutest part of Kham Hom Coffee is that their coffee shop, is built up in an old teakwood shophouse and that they have retained much of the rustic charm. Naturally, the staff there are also wonderful on both my visits so far. Hopefully, I’ll be back there again very soon having another ice cold Thai style coffee…. the biggest cup they have! †












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