Sam Pan Boak
Sam Pan Boak
Sam Pan Boak, is known as the Grand Canyon of Thailand and has the biggest rock reef in the Mae Khong River It is a place to witness life on the Mae Khong River bank. If you are a tourist in Ubon or if you live in Ubon it is a nice place to visit and spend a day exploring and enjoying nature. There are two ways to travel to Sam Pan Boak. The first way is to take a boat cruise for around four kilometers to Sam Pan Boak. The second is to drive, which is suitable for those who have limited time. The first route is more popular among tourists. There is also another stop at Had Salueng where there are many restaurants and the starting place for the trip at Sam Pan Boak. During the dry season, the water reduces low enough for visitors to see Had Salueng, a sandbank on the Moon River.
After choosing your accommodation at Had Salueng, it is time for cruising, the boats takes tourists cruising for around four kilometers. On the way, tourists will see Pak Bong, which is the point where the Mae Khong River flows pass the range of Phupan Mountain. This landscape looks like the neck of the bottle that is only 56 meters wide. Next to Pak Bong on to the north around 500 meters, visitors will see Hin Hua Paneang, which is a large island in the middle of the Mae Khong River, which separates the river into two.Siladej Rock Cliff has a trace of history to the time France possessed Indochina. During that time, France had a steamboat to transport goods between Leephee Wiangchan and Thailand. There are marks on this rock cliff in order to show the level of the Mae Khong River for the safety of cruising. Next up is Had Hong, a big sand dune. The most suitable time to travel to Had Hong is before the sun sets. The yellow orange light that reflects on the white sand is very beautiful to see.
Sam Pan Boak is a rock islet under the Mae Khong River. In the floods, it is covered by water and combining with the pressure of the whirlpool turns the rock islet into more than 3,000 shallow lakes or Sam Pan Boak. The word Boak in local dialect means shallow lake, which is the origin of the name. During the dry season, Sam Pan Boak appears like a hill in the middle of the Mae Khong River. Here is also a source of breeding seawater fish so there is an interesting tradition of fishing for the villagers between January and February at Pak Bong. The fishing practice here is different from other places because the anglers use a big swing to catch fish that swim upstream.For tourists who want to see the sunset will have to reserve the accommodation in advance. Most of the accommodation is situated on the coast of Had Salueng. There are many hotels and guesthouses for tourists to choose.
Location : Baan Pong Pao, Tambol Lao Ngarm, Amphur Po Sai, Ubonratchathani
Best travelling time: From November – June, during the low water level season.
How to get there
From the city of Ubon Ratchathani, take the 2050 highway (Ubon Ratchathani-Trakarnpuetchpol-Posai line) for around 120 kilometers until you arrive at Sam Pan Boek. If you choose to go there by boat, park your car at Had Salueng at Baan Song Korn, Tambol Song Korn, Amphur Posai which is located 5 kilometers before Sam Pan Boak.