Monkeying Around In Nong Khai

Boxing Day and still with the smell of Santa’s reindeer droppings in the village air, or was it the buffaloes, romantic fool me, we took to the road on a day trip to Nong Khai. A 65 click journey through our local town Sang Khom, onto Ban Sang Na Khao and from there we joined the Phon Phisai to Nong Khai highway.

The highway junction leaves behind pot holed roads and a drive through Ban Sang Na Khao’s brick tiled bumpy main street. A passage that would make Lance Armstrong’s teeth chatter and shatter a formula one car. My 3000 baht car rental deposit slowly weaved it’s way around, expertly steered by Wonderful Wi.

On the much smoother highway we passed banana stalls and part built houses that seemed to be in the same stage of construction they were on my previous visit three months before. On the outskirts of Nong Khai we took a left off Highway 212 into Ban Salakaeku and its magnificient Sculpture Park.

This was my fourth visit to view the wonderful sculptured statues of Buddha and mythological beings, set in a glorious garden surround. At 20 baht entrance fee for farang, and there were a handful around, it’s a must see attraction worth ten fold the price.

Nong Khai’s Indo-China market is an A-Z of souveniers, fashion, handcrafts and fish restaurants with plenty of bargains on offer. One offer I had to refuse was Wi’s one of a chance to take a few shots with her new Pink Sanyo CG9 camera.

Walking around in a country where the distance between one ladyboy and the next, is probably shorter than a five baht samlor ride, is not recommended with a shocking pink camera dangling from your wrist. A chance meeting with an effeminate 100 kilo, bum bag wearing farang, squeezed into those – have you just come from the fruit market or are you pleased to see me – lycra shorts, dramatically increases with the colour of your accessories. A shocking pink camera could bring a whole new meaning to flash photography.

My shopping complete, I leave the delights of the market to Wi and head off snapping away with my cheap Vivitar camera. My Vivitar excretes its own aura of – small town farang pi##head just wants a few blurred images to show his mother he wasn’t drunk the whole holiday. The Vivitar 8010, you know it makes sense.

The Go Thasadej Bar is on the edge of the market and is ideal for a quiet lunchtime drink. Everytime I see the Thai barman I am reminded of America and Camp David, and the board game Scrabble and which has a greater points score, gender or bender.

A good hour and a few drinks later a collage of bulging plastic shopping bags swing around the corner with Wi’s smiling face poking out of the top. This is my cue to drink up, settle the bill, pop in my gum shield and take the roller coaster ride back to our village, passing a smoking formula one Ferrari and Lance Armstrong’s vibrating lycra shorts on the way. Nong Khai is a lovely day trip but it’s much more enjoyable with dark colored accessories.

With Christmas only 362 days away I would like to make a suggestion of a present for your loved one. Novelty slippers, the perfect Xmas gift, available in three sizes, kids, ladies and ladyboy. They will deepen the dimples in your childs cheeks, bring a Colgate smile to your ladies lips, and bring tears of joy, rolling down, smudging mascara and reddening rouge before nestling with a gay shimmer in the stubble of your loved one’s chin. Novelty slippers, a novel idea brought to you by Hoo Don.


I'm a sixty-year-old Englishman living in the town of Swindon in rural Wiltshire and I have a real deep desire to retire in Thailand one day. If you don't have a dream then you won't have a dream come true.

8 Responses

  1. Mike says:

    I swear she has them on the wrong feet!

    Great post BTW!

  2. Hoo Don says:

    Mike – Right feet or wrong feet you wouldn’t want her in your line up in a penalty shoot out with those on.

  3. martin says:

    Hi Hoo Don,
    Very sorry my chum but I just hate those slippers, they are a ‘pet’ hate of mine and just like scratching blackboards get on my nerves. (Danger! Danger! pun present there if you noticed.) Just love your dry elite cyclist humour, even though a great fan of cycling and Armstrong’s acheivements, anything cycle related is quite funny. I am slightly concerned about your spelling of ‘colored’, (surely ‘coloured’) coming from a dyselxic is a bit rich I know, but I’m just anti-americanism at the moment! (Extreme lol again of course)
    More than glad to read your accounts highly entertaining.

  4. Hoo Don says:

    Martin – I really do like watching the Tour De France, the ultimate sporting test..Cycling and drugs.. I have always said you’d have to be on drugs to cycle up a mountain and even more so to cycle down one.
    Colour or color….Everytime I enter colour in my blog and spellcheck, it comes up color. Bloody annoys me. It got to the point where I started to doubt my spelling of colour. From now on colour will be colour. Thanks and have a colorful day…Whoops

  5. G. Sol says:

    Have you ever seen slippers with battery operated massager built inside?

  6. frogblogger says:

    Simpson was one of the first to try the drugs and cycling cocktail (with some alcohol mixed in), he died about 10 miles away from where I am right now just short of the summit of the Tour’s Mont Ventoux stage.

    Sorry Martin I think they’re great slippers, I want a pair of kwai (buffalo) ones for myself, but I wouldn’t recommend them for a present to a Thai girlfriend…

  7. Amelia says:

    My friend had been to Thailand and she said its a very great place! She happens to be there in November last year and I have seen the photos are indeed great!
    .-= Amelia´s last blog ..What is the Perfect Christmas Gift? =-.

  8. Hoo Don says:

    Amelia your friend was spot on, Thailand is an absolutely wonderful place to visit. Try it yourself.

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