Before we left the Paradise – Kay wanted to get some shots at the pool. Next we headed for Nong Khai and made our first stop at Sala Keoku – Wow – huge statues and displays – quite impressive – and then on to the crocodile farm, next door, for a quick visit. It wasn’t open but Kay was invited in and took some photos of the tanks – Then on to the Friendship Bridge – Nong Khai , I think there are 3 such bridges to Lao along the Mekong River boundary. Here the river looked quite wide but further up the way, going to our next destination, Chiang Khan, we were shocked to see how low it actually was. I’ve been reading about the furor over the Chinese blocking the river with their dams and causing many problems down stream. The sign above, not too far out of Nong Khai, is one of the places where Mekong Naga Fireballs can be seen. Next we visited Chiang Khan, a historic little town that the Thai’s love. Lots of Teak buildings – nice, quiet, rustic and friendly place – and then on to Loei where we stayed at the Loei Palace Hotel for the night – I stayed here 8 years ago on my first trip to Nong Khai – nothing changed but they did replace the carpet with tile – much better.
P.S. Couldn’t do anything because I was with Kay – But on my phone I have Grinder and Hornet, the 2 most popular gay chat sites, from Khon Kaen to Loei, I received calls from more than 28 local guys – maybe next trip I’ll go alone – meet some new friends.