SPECIAL: Isaan folk tales (part six)

Our Isaan folk tales series today takes us to Nakhon Phanom in the corner of the Northeast and back west to Sakon Nakhon. Today’s tales recount the stories behind some of the region’s most important temples and lakes.

Sakon Nakhon court jails villagers for forest encroachment

The ongoing clash between the government’s forest reclamation policy and community land rights in the Northeast came to a head on October 21st. At the provincial court in Sakon Nakhon Province, nine villagers from Jatrabiab village received their sentences for encroaching on protected forests.