Nakhon Phanom in Thailand Opens a New Bicycle Route

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Nakhon Phanom in Thailand Opens a New Bicycle Route

Nakhon Phanom, a northeastern province of Thailand sitting on the shores of Mekong river and bordering Laos, has opened a new bicycle route for two-wheels enthusiasts.

The 74 km long and 5 metre wide bicycle lane follows a very scenic route and allows the cyclists to enjoy the natural environment avoiding thick traffic on Soonthorn Wichit Road. The lane can be used by both cyclists and hikers. There are matrix barcodes along the route which can be read with the help of QR readers to get – this is Thailand, guys! – astrological horoscope predictions.

Nakhon Phanom is not among the main tourist destinations in Thailand but in autumn one of the most famous Wan Ok Phansa festivals, celebrations of the end of Buddhist Lent, is held here. This Illuminated Boat Procession attracts visitors from all over the country and offers a rare opportunity to witness the way ancient traditions and rituals are preserved in Thailand. 
Another major draw of the province is the sacred Phra That Phanom stupa located in the namesake town. It is a highly revered shrine both for Thai and Lao Buddhists.

Nakhon Phanom is located 735 km northeast of Bangkok and can be reached either via a one-and-a-half-hour flight or a 12-hour bus ride. There is no railway line reaching Nakhon Phanom

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