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On 20 th. April, while Muay turns back to Bangkok, I make my way to Nakom Phanom, in hope to admire at last a breathtaking Mekong. Finally just long hours in bus for nothing… decisively nothing to see. The town is not so fascinating either, the only advantage being that, as I am the only one Farang here, the population welcomes me with a broad smile.
Heading toward Kantharalak the next day, another full day by bus, in view to visit the mythic “Preah Vihear” temple, near to the cambodian border − this is a sinister cousin to Angkor, which the belonging is severely discussed between the two countries since many years. On the very evening, somebody told me the temple is closed on the Thai side, and that severe conflicts have still taken place recently. Disappointed, I choose to visiting the “Wat Lan Kuad”, the “Million of Bottles Temple”. Monks collected used beer cans in order to build up a religious complex that would be unique in the world. Indeed, the whole monument is made of these bottles seized in the concrete’s walls. It comprises about twenty houses, the mosaics are made of bottle’s caps. Great art, I can tell you!