December 15, 2012
For my final trip of 2012, I rode up to the Isan area to the city of Si Saket to visit my friend Saengduen who is a teacher in a village outside of town. We visited a lovely park and zoo and also a large Buddhist temple.
(Most travelers to this area visit the well-known Preah Vihear Temple complex across the border in Cambodia.)
The spacious grounds of Somdet Phra Si Nakarin Park display a variety of tropical plantings and trees. The zoo houses colorful birds, crocodiles, bears and deer with huge sets of antlers. The cages are a bit primitive but the animals seem content.