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We had to escape from Bangkok, the city was choking us. The relentless tuk-tuk drivers and street sellers around Khao San, the heat and smog of the city was all starting to get to much. We were last in Bangkok before this trip around seven years ago, back then it seemed exotic and exciting, before we set off on our world travels it was one of the most exciting cities we had ever been. Looking around I don't think it has actually changed much, you still see scores of ...
... and finish off packing bags.
Check-out just before 18:00 and I am definitely not looking forward to the travelling.
Tuk-tuk to T3 at Arcade bus station in plenty of time for or 19:00 departure and have to sit waiting for the bus to arrive for a good half hour. First impressions are good. It is a relatively new, big bus with comfy seats and plenty of legroom.
We leave on the ...
... say "switch" she will give you her other foot. If you put the stick on the middle rung and say "side", the elephant will turn to show you her side. If you say "kaa" at that point and put the second stick on the lowest rung, she will put her back leg up on the lowest rung. After each good thing they do, you say "dee, dee", which means "good, good". We also got to do a health checkup on one of the elephants, so we learned how to find the pulse behind the ear, as well as other ...
... and attempted to visit the Western ones, but they were just too far away (even by bike) if we wanted to catch a bus back to Phitsanulok. So we settled for the Northern ones, and I'm really glad we did! I enjoyed one temple in particular, (Wat Si Chum). Enclosed in a large stone temple was an enormous Buddha gazing serenely down on the world below. His fingernails and hand still gleamed with gold, and it was a very spiritual moment for me. Maybe it was the quiet, or ...
... Phitsanulok we visited the most
famous wat in the city: Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat. It was a zoo
with people selling all kinds of things. We watched people « donate »
a box goods to the temple which consisted of the monk taking the box
of goods, putting them aside, and ...