Sunday, 15 October 2017

Padang Besar and Dan Nok attractions

Padang Besar and Dan Nok attractions

Padang Besar ปาดังเบซาร์ and Dan Nok ด่านนอก are border crossings between Thailand and Malaysia, both in Songkhla สงขลา province, Sadao สะเดา district. Padang Besar is the only operational railway line between both countries, Dan Nok the main road crossing.

Wat Khao Rup Chang วัดเขารูปช้าง
From Padang Besar railway station 10.5 km by road, I went there by mocy (originally asked for 150 THB, then agreed on 100); return by hitchhiking. 
6°42'54.5"N 100°16'38.5"E = 6.715139, 100.277347

Ganesha Dan Nok พระพิฆเนศด่านนอก
Thanks to staff at hotel who let me in one of their upper rooms to take picture of the statue. From ground level, the view is distorted. 
6°31'45.3"N 100°24'51.8"E = 6.529238, 100.414385

Inside ground floor:

Adjacent Brahma shrine:

White Temple Dan Nok
I couldn't find an official name, it is obviously inspired, or even by the same artist, as White Temple in Chiang Rai (Wat Rong Khun วัดร่องขุ่น). At time of posting not on satellite view, but on google street view Jun 2016.
6°32'02.9"N 100°24'59.2"E = 6.534127, 100.416449

Other attractions
Plenty of other entertainment that is not my area of interest: 
water park, Chinese village, dinosaur park, panda park. 

View of Sadao border crossing from my hotel room:

To Bangkok 1310 km on highway 4 = Phetkasem road:

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