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Cycling in Isaan
« on: June 27, 2015, 11:00:14 AM »
Udon Thani organises the sixth edition of its annual cycling event

NOW IN ITS sixth year, last Saturday's "Udon Go Green" |eco-friendly cycling event attracted more than 300 bikers to Udon Thani, one of the four major cities in Thailand's Northeast.

Participants, who included the W2 women's cycling team and the Udon Thani Cycling Association, met up at UD Town, the premium-lifestyle community shopping centre, early in the morning for the event, which took them into town as well into the surrounding countryside.

The trip, on the theme "Pun Pan Rak(s)" also marked World Environment Day, which aims to raise global awareness of the importance of taking positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet.

Narong Polla-iad, vice governor of Udon Thani Province, presided over the launch of this sixth eco-friendly cycling event, together with Tanakorn Weerachatyanukul, Udon Plaza's chief executive and president of the Udon Thani Tourism Business Association. As part of the ceremony, 15 bicycles were presented to Thairath Witthaya School.

The cyclists, with Tanakorn and Narong in the lead, then headed to the Chao Pu-Ya Chinese Spirit Shrine where they paid their respects to the images of the Chinese gods.

That done, they rode 16 kilometres to the First Infantry Battalion's 13th Infantry Regiment, Ramasoon Military Base, formerly known as the Phraya Sunthorn Thamthada Army Camp. A further 20 bicycles were presented to the soldiers.

The military base is home to two historical places of interest. One is an old theatre and the other is a radar station that served Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. The biggest of its era, it features 48 radar trackers as well as a 10-kilometre long underground tunnel.

The army is currently working with the Udon Thani Provincial Administrative Organisation to develop the radar station into a tourist site.

The cyclists then made their way to Ban Chiang Wae School 21 km away, where another 15 bicycles were presented and participants were entertained by shows from the students and the winning team from the UD Town break-beat contest.

A stop was also made at Talay Bua Daeng (Red Lotus Sea) where cyclists tossed lotus rhizomes into the water.

With the activities for the day now over, cyclists were given the choice of riding back to town or travelling in the vans laid on for the purpose.

The Nation