Eat by the river @ Wang Naen

If anyone’s looking for an afternoon excursion on a hot day you should check out Wang Naen on the Takhong River near Sung Noen.

This is a very cool place to spend a few hours if you just fancy getting out of Korat City. It isn’t too difficult to find and it only takes 35 minutes from Save One market by motorbike - just head towards Bangkok! If you’re a smartphone user you can type the coordinates “14.885299, 101.794750” into Google Maps and it’ll do the work for you.

Basically, if white water rafting’s too on the wild side for you, this place is perfect. There are an abundance of riverside huts with restaurant food/beer served to your table while you sit happily watching Thais glide down the river on rubber rings. If that’s too boring for you, grab one yourself and surrender to the currents. You can rent tubes by the hour and chuck yourself down the river. It’s all good safe fun, just as long as you’re comfortable in the water. And if you’re not, the Thai for “help” is “chuay duay”. If you can get your aim right, you can even steer your tube to the side of the river that your table is on and get your friends to feed you food and drink whilst kicking back in the water.

The restaurants have a good selection of food. You can get good fish, classic Isan dishes and a few specialities. The prices are very reasonable.

When you have finished eating and drinking, had your swim and tubed a bit, you can take a walk around. There is a lovely rope bridge that crosses over the river, and the whole setting is very at one with nature.

Wang Naen is often referred to as a waterfall, but in reality, it is a small rapid surrounded by lots of restaurants that offers a great afternoon of eating and relaxing by a river and an escape from the busy hustle and bustle of the city. As the evening approaches, if you don't want to drive back to Korat, you can always stay in one of the rooms for a very reasonable 500 odd Baht.

The first time I went, I got a bit lost (and the second time to be honest), so you are best to use the coordinates provided to get there. I asked a local just a few minutes drive from the main restaurants of Wang Naen and they had no idea where it was, so it's a pretty well kept secret... until now.

Location: On the way to Bangkok, U-turn after the big temple on your right at Sikhiew. It's about a five or ten minute drive from the temple.

Coordinates: 14.885299, 101.794750

Address: Thanon Makluakau, Sung Noen, Korat, 30170

Please click for the Wang Naen Facebook page.

TF


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