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Eating and Fishing

Si Bun Ruang, Isan


An afternoon visiting friends led to a back road explore afterwards and you might enjoy the photos of lakeside picnics and fishing.

Sometimes a trip to one place can lead to what my wife Gaun calls a ‘holiday’, meaning time out of the everyday where we take off for an explore, even if in this case in a very minor way. Our ‘holidays’ usually end up with some new photos that I can share on the blog, adding the picture of a real life outside the big tourist destinations.

My days start with a coffee hit but today was slightly different. My big Italian espresso coffee machine had ended up in hospital at Udon Thani and so it was back to my unique dual drip espresso stove top backup for my morning shot of awakeness.

Coffee and breakfast out of the way we hit the road late morning to drive to see friends of ours Greg and Noi, who own a small eating place 20 minutes south of us. Noi was recovering from an operation on her hand, which had closed the shop, so we wanted to check on progress.

Driving to our friend’s place we passed many roadside stalls. Guess what’s in season. Gaun picking up three watermelons for 100 baht (A$4.40)

I have watched this western style house being built and it has finished up looking pretty good. Notice the big undercover outside area on the right. Exactly as it should be in my book. This is a Thai owned house as far as I know on the way to Noi’s Kitchen where we were meeting our friends Noi and Greg Ledder

Noi’s Kitchen Nice house Tony – I think it’s actually been built for an American guy who has a Thai lady in Ban Khok Muang, the village nearest to the house. Our American friend Jack has had a good look around both the interior and exterior and said the build quality is excellent. 🙂

Greg Ledder doing a bit of woodwork when we arrived.

After a couple of beers we headed to this lake, which is a slight detour to our normal route home. It has had a lot of work done just behind the dam wall to promote it as an eating and relaxation destination.

Gaun doing the relaxation bit.

Fishing boats, mostly made from metal these days for ease of maintenance rather than the traditional timber.

A small rock dam that allows the lake to form behind it.

You order the food from your sala and it is then delivered by these youngsters on a saling (motorbike and sidecar). The little bloke driving must be all of ten!

A bamboo walkway has been built to allow people to walk across to the other side. You can rent those boats for a trip to a temple on the other side or to a cave. 200 or 300 baht for the trip. On the to do list.

Noi’s Kitchen A very worthwhile trip to the temple (was a just a make-shift affair when we went but may have been improved by now) but unless they have renovated the pathway up to the top of the hill where the Temple is located, you need some good walking boots or trainers as when we went the path was extremely rough and quite steep in places so you have to have your wits about you! 🙂 The cost of the boat rides has risen – it was only 50 bhat less than two years ago. Guess there’s much more demand now and the boats look like new, purpose built trip boats as opposed to the traditional fishing boats of the past.

Nice colours. The walkway dips into the water when too many people are in the one place but that adds to the excitement I guess.

As I said – teenager heaven.

GPS coords to this lake if you are ever in the area.

Driving back from the lake we came across this weir which actually had plenty of water flowing through it and was attracting fishermen as a result.

I mainly add this and the next couple of photos because it is so unusual to see water in rivers during this drought wet season.

The weir. Fishermen have set up for the day.

Fresh fish for Gaun. 180 baht for that bag, which is being turned into soup as I type and will be shared with the family for dinner tonight.

And as always food, drink and ice creams will pass by during the course of the day.


Thanks for reading.


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  1. Jim Busby

    Hope Thais like ripe watermelons over unripe green tomatoes. More Western architecture to muddle up the Isan scenery, but does look well built. That’s a massive jump in price from 50-300 baht for a boat. Thai capitalism at its’ best. I love you call those guys that just set up nets to catch fish that flow into them fisherman. Your being too polite, but then again, it did bag you dinner!



    • Tony in Thailand

      I am not sure they are too fussy about what they eat or what stage of ripeness it is. The watermelons we bought were very pale and pretty tasteless. The stalls that have good quality ones tend to split one open so you can see the colour and how many seeds it has. Next time!

      I think the previous boat price was per person (I will have to check with Greg) but the 300 baht is for the boat, so it’s not as bad as it looks. If they take the same approach to boating loading limits as they do motorbikes 300 baht divided between 20 people is cheap 🙂

      The nets under that weir weren’t in operation, but I presume they are there for a reason. Net fishing is a big thing here as the size of the catch is of no relevance as a lot of it ends up fermented for ‘fish dead long time’ sauce, which we have discussed before, or just mushed up into a paste to be used as a dipping ingredient with sticky rice. A lot of Isan food is sticky rice dipped into something with no eating implements used, only fingers. Washing up is easy!


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