Sunday, September 1, 2013


My Thai friends often ask me why I would go Khemarat. There is nothing to see, they claim. Western friends have not even the slightest idea where Khemarat would be. 

It is a sleepy little town on the very far north-eastern corner of the Thai province of Ubon Ratchathani. We had our own transportation to get up there and enjoyed a short drive through the town. Now, of course we had a reason to go all the way up there and we combined it with a round-trip driving tour including Amnat Charoen's Lue-Amnat district, as well as the districts of Pho Sai and King district of Na Tan in Ubon Ratchathani. 

Our reason to come up here was to visit the temple Wat Po in Khemarat. Wat Po is known for a beautiful Buddha statue called Phra Chao Ong Saen. While most Buddha statues face the east, Phra Chao Ong Saen looks north, facing the mighty Mekong river. 

And the Mekong river we saw! It's a huge river here, flowing east and then south, bordering Laos. We took a short ride along the banks of the river and finally found a great restaurant along the edge of Khemarat where we sat  overlooking the river and Laos in the distance, enjoying fresh fish from the "mother of waters".