From Supanniga Eating Room with LOVE!
*** I do not want to believe that I have the love of writing for a long time - I wrote this article since April 7, 2011 - 9 years ago when I was 32 years old ***
Khon Kaen Is one of the provinces in the northeastern part of Thailand which is not popular as a tourist destination. Most of visitors are businessmen, civil servants, or company employees who came to work or business. Most people don’t know that Khon Kaen is a province with various tourist attractions for travelers who expect to find something that is not mainstream and find themost local experiences of Thai Isan people in way of life.
If talking about Khon Kaen's well-known tourist spots, the places that need to be mentioned are Phu Wiang Dinosaur Museum, Ubonrat Dam (Bang Saen 2 / Pattaya 2), King Cobra Village, Wat Phra That Kham Kaen, or famous dishes such as Khao Suan Kwang Grilled Chicken and Spicy Papaya Salad (Somtum), the northeastern Thai original recipes.
I believe in simplicity and it comes to looking at things in real and natural way. I look the every beauty in the way it is and its authenticity. This makes Khon Kaen one of the very charming destination. One day I found a new route from Khon Kaen city center to Ubonrat Dam. Usually, if tourists travel to Ubonrat district, they will go through the main Mitraphap Road then turn left for another 20 kilometers to the dam and Nam Phong National Park. This new route Is the way to the Ubonrat Dam by going north along Maliwan Road, going to Phu Wiang, then there will be a 37 kilometers before turn right at intersection then you can also reach the dam.
This route is more scenic, beautiful, and more pleasant than the first route mentioned. Since it is not the major road that everyone takes , it is a path that passes through various small villages with are surrounded by the green and yellow rice fields on both sides. The fields are harvested this season and there are some off-season plots that reveal a small piece of green rice. And it's now the destination for me to stay still and experience the true nature for the rest of my afternoon today.
I have prepared picnic set in my car trunk and ready to find a place to stop by and picnicking in the middle of the rice field. I found a place about 2 kms before you reach Baan Kaeng village. I parked the car on the roadside as I found a little shed (A farmers' resting terrace in the middle of the rice field) which seems to be easy to stroll in. The other side of the road Is a lake which is expected to be a part of the dam.
The beauty of Thailand's northeastern fields made our beautiful late afternoon. The sun is not too hot, making this picnic was a memorable experience of Khon Kaen with my friends and family. to enjoy myself, it doesn't have to be anything or anywhere too difficult, but something that is simple and easy to find.
----- From Thailand with Love by Thanaurek Laoraowirodge - Supanniga Group - Local Thai, Global Favorites -----
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