27-Dec-2003 -- On December 27, 2003, I traveled from Bangkok to Sukhotai where I was going to spend a couple of days visiting the ruins at Sukhotai and Si Satchanalai. I was riding with a Thai friend who prefers to remain nameless and asked to be referred to as "the driver." I had already checked that we would pass close to two Confluence Points that had not yet been visited.
The first point we passed is 16N 100E, a few kilometers west of highway 117 on which we were traveling. We left Highway 117 just north of Naknon Sawan to reach Banphot Phisai and then followed Highway 1073 in a northerly direction. I switched on the GPS receiver and monitored how far we were from the destination. We left Highway 1073, turning northwest on a paved road, which took us to about 650 meters from our goal. It was about 2:30 in the afternoon. Around us were fields of sugar cane and rice in a large, flat plain.
The driver prefered to wait in the car and I started walking through a dry field that has already been harvested, then, due west, on a small dike between flooded fields. I then reached a gravel road that lead directly to the goal. The point is a few meters north of the road, between that road and an irrigation ditch. We could have driven the car all the way to the Confluence Point.
The picture towards north looks over the irrigation ditch towards wet fields.
The picture towards east shows the direction from which I arrived. There is a farm shed behind the trees on the right-hand side of the gravel road. The irrigation ditch can be seen to the left (north) of the road.
The picture towards south shows another wet field.
The picture towards west shows the gravel road.
I then walked a bit further west on the gravel road to take a picture of the general area, looking east. The Confluence Point is a few meters this side of the shack and tree that can bee seen on the right-hand side of the road.