The door to the underworld of Naga...
18.03.2013 25 °C
Located in Ban Dung, Tambon Wang Thong, about 100 km from Udon town is an area called Wang Nakhin (Naga Place) a place believed and regarded by the locals as a mystical and holy place where the door to the underworld of Naga is located. Covering an area of over 20 rai of land, Wang Nakhin (locally dubbed as Dong Chanot) is nothing but an islet surrounded by water. It is teemed with dense palm trees called Chanot. Travelling to the place is easy by Udon Thani - Sakon Nakorn route. At Ban Nong Mek, turn left and proceed approximately 84 km to Ban Dung and another 9 km to Ban Kam Chanot.
There is a story saying that during 1980s, there were a group of movie makers who went to the area with a huge truck. During that time, they didn't know that Wang Nakhin is surrounded by water. They paid some amount of money to a guide whom they met and brought them there. After everything ended they suddenly found out that they were on an island and there's no way out or in plus the island is full of Chanot trees. There's impossible to make a movie. The guide dissappeared and the money that they paid were all transformed into leafs. they called for help before they were assisted by the locals. There's a Thai movie being made based on this story few years back.
From far, Kamchanot looks wild, firece and also scary. Well, it is worth visiting.