Thailand Painting Holidays provides trips to many unusual and beautiful destinations in the NE of Thailand. There are no tour buses with a guide. Locations are difficult to access, with few tourists, so your hosts Jeremy and Waree will personally show you around during your holiday.
Pa Kham Chanot
This is a strange magic beautiful place. The Wat is on an island surrounded by lakes, swamps and rice fields. The island is crowded with magnificent trees. I don't fully understand this place but Waree tells me it is inhabited by spirits and in fact because she is pregnant she wouldn't go to the place in case they got into the baby.
In Isaan Thai villages travelling movie theatres come from time to time. They set up a huge screen blocking the road and everybody sits on reed mats on the road to watch the movie. One of these movie shows was invited to put on a movie for the spirits at Pa Kham Chanot but when they finished it was late and the spirits blocked the road from the island so they had to stay the night.
Its more complicated than that but you can feel the spirits when you go there. I meditate by the tree with the wonderful ribbons and I feel their presence.
The water from the spring has magical properties and while the huge trees form a tropical canopy you can smell the insense sticks burning and hear the strange wailing of the gongs being rubbed by visitors.
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