Sala Kaewkoo...Modern Art?

Nong Khai Travel Blog

 › entry 16 of 41 › view all entries
big person

The next morning, staying at Sawasdee Guest House, I slept in a little late whilst 2 of our group went to the train station to get us some tickets for the overnight train back to Bangkok for that evening. Once they were back we checked out and left our bags in the hotel for the day whilst going out exploring the town. I had suggested a place called the Sala Kaewkoo described in Lonely Planet as ' a surreal spiritual and sculptural journey into the mind of a mystic shaman of Lao descent.

entrance
This Park offers a potpourri of the Hindu and Buddhist pantheon of deities, and the immense statues offer some freaky photo opportunities'. This is a slight understatement. Considering the time it was built the imagination behind these sculptures was advanced for the religions themselves. Images of dogs chasing an elephant, some on scooters, motorbikes, carrying guns and smoking cigars, was something I did not totally expect! At the time of creation it was considered modern art and was unorthodox to what people expected when seeing Hindu/Buddhist sculptures and very interesting. All the statues resembled different things but were so unlike those I've ever seen. Different Buddhas and six headed snakes and monkeys. There was even one part that was like a dedication to life, and showed different stages. Statues of babies, then children playing, then teenagers dating, turning into a young couple, married then birthing their own children before growing old together, before being in a coffin.
big statue
It was truly amazing and because I was taking so many photos my battery died on my camera! We was only there an hour and headed back soon after as it was beginning to rain.

We headed back towards the hotel but to the river, separating Laos and Thailand and went to a Vietnamese restaurant for lunch/dinner. I've never tasted anything like it and really hope food doesn't really taste the same as that in Vietnam. I thought it was horrible and the other four guys with me hardly ate any of theirs either!

We then picked up our bags and headed to the train station to catch our overnight train back to Bangkok. It was defiantly more fun doing this journey in a group rather than on my own as I had a week earlier. I read some of my book, played some poker with the guys and and had a drink in the buffet car, talking to some other travelers. Until I met a guy called Billy! He was originally from Nottingham but now lives in Bangkok. He came and sat with us and was very friendly and almost scary! When he started telling me how horny he was, I was starting to throw pleading looks to my friends opposite the table asking for help! Why is it men can't take a hint!!! When he left for the bathroom, I made a quick exit and scampered to my bed, closing the curtains and hiding. Next morning, when arriving, he got of the train before me, so I was saved!

Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
big person
big person
entrance
entrance
big statue
big statue
elephant being chased by dogs on s…
elephant being chased by dogs on …
thing eating the moon
thing eating the moon
tall person
tall person
4 headed statue
4 headed statue
7 headed snake!
7 headed snake!
statue
statue
statue
statue
and guess what it is?
and guess what it is?
statue
statue
big statues
big statues
big sitting man
big sitting man
statue
statue
begging at a mans feet, youd neve…
begging at a mans feet, you'd nev…
another statue
another statue
check out the monkey
check out the monkey
buddahs with guns
buddahs with guns
sleeping
sleeping
sleeping
sleeping
big mouth
big mouth
4 headed person
4 headed person
children stage of life
children stage of life
old stage of life
old stage of life
older stage of life
older stage of life
statues
statues
last stage of life circle
last stage of life circle
statue
statue
big buddah
big buddah
7 headed snake
7 headed snake
statue
statue
lake
lake
Nong Khai Hostels review
Convienient and Affordable, but great!
When I saw this place in Lonely Plant Guide, Southeast Asia on a shoestring, I was a bit hesitant about using it. Only because I had recently found th… read entire review
Nong Khai
photo by: Laurabob