Sam Pan Bok

p1000198Literally 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.



About The Weary Traveller

I like to walk up and down hills. I've been so very fortunate to have lived most of my life in the Far East (Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam) and the Middle East (Qatar, Oman and U.A.E). I now live and work in Bangkok. I'm past the half century now and can't help but feel that some of the mountains that I've climbed lately I should have done yesteryear. The mind is willing if the legs are not always so. Here are some stories and realized dreams of hills climbed and, dales and deserts crossed. With a bit of art thrown in. I hope you might enjoy.
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2 Responses to Sam Pan Bok

  1. Lack of swimming trunks does not normally deter you. Looks an interesting place.

  2. I had more civilized company this time!

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