Places visited in 2017

2017 was the year with challenges. One of the challenges was to visit 12 new places as Mark Zuckerberg challenged people around the world. Actually there were a few new places I went to around the end of 2016 right after Mark’s challenge. Anyway, those were not counted. Since the start of 2017 I have made trips to visit these places:


1.  Chiang Khan and Pak Chom in Loei (New #1)


2.  Australian Ambassador to Bangkok’s residence


3.  Sao Hin, Nam Phiang Din, and Huay Phueng in Mae Hong Son


4.  Wan Namon in Myanmar (New #2)


  • 5.  Incheon & Seoul, South Korea


6.  Chiang Khan and Pak Chom, Loei


7.  Xanakhan and Vang Nao, Laos (New #3)


8. Da Nang & Hoi An, Vietnam (New #4)


9.  Orlando, Florida, USA (New #5)


10.  Chiang Khan and Pak Chom, Loei again


11.  Sangkhom, Udonthani (New #6)


12.  Mae Hong Son again


13.  Jaipur and Abhaneri (Chand Baori Step Well), Rajasthan, and Agra (Taj Mahal), Uttra Pradesh, India (New #7)


14.  Mae Hong Son again


15.  Vientiane, Laos (New #8)

16.  Luang Prabang, Laos (New #9)


17.  Jakarta, Indonesia (New #10)


18.  London and Canterbury, UK


19.  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


20.  Ranong


21.  Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia


22.  Seoul, South Korea again


23.  Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia again


24.  Tokushima, Japan (New #11)


25.  Singapore


26.  Kathmandu, Nepal (New #12)


27.  Chiang Mai


28.  Pak Chong, Nakon Ratchasima


Border Town Planning

Sao Hin Crossing

This border crossing, at the red pin in the picture, is now only a control point with nearly no settlement, only a small army camp at the border. The nearest village is about 3 km. further south. The road to this point is mainly dirt road, with certain parts being shallow streams.  Thus, the best vehicle to take you there is a 4-wheeler only.  Along the 40-km. dirt/stream roadway, there are other farmimg villages occupying lands at the valleys where the main stream is running – you can see the light patches running down in the photo.

Here are a few of the villages’ agricultural settlement along the road and the stream to the crossing point.