Literally translating as ‘3000 holes’, Sam Pan Bok ia a massive red sandstone outcrop stretching across the Mekong. This is located in Ubon Ratchathani province in North Eastern Thailand and just across the border from Laos.
During the rainy season from July to October the Mekong is full so you cannot see San Pan Bok. However from November through to May when the the waters subside this massive form is revealed. Intricate water eroded canyons with, yes, thousands of ‘pot holes’.
At the time of our visit all the holes were full of beautifully clear water and some with trapped fish. I was only sorry I had not brought my swimming trunks. It was a hot day but very windy.
Some of these holes have names. No prizes for guessing the below:
At the time of our visit we had the whole place to ourselves (actually along with most of the attractions we visited in Ubon Ratchathani). It was a weekday though the place could easily swallow up hundreds of visitors. A wonderful afternoon clambering all over the rocks. A great place for kids.