Crumbling in the heat
Trip Start Apr 21, 2012
14Trip End May 06, 2012
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After checking into our hotel, with great views of the wat across the river – we hired bikes to explore the temples. The busy road outside the hotel was pretty nerve-wracking. We found our first couple of temples - Wats Ratburana and Phra Mahathat. We explored the fromer with its picturesque crumbling stupa.
Headless Buddhas and roofless buildings litter the place – with only the odd tree providing shade. You can imagine how impressive it would have been
By now the temperature was once again skirting 40C – hot hot hot – and the maps we had didn’t agree with each other or the actual road layout. When we found the wat we were blown away particularly by the smaller temple with its ancient Buddha, which we think the man was telling us was cast either in the time of or by Alexander the Great.
After a bit more cycling (and a bit more getting lost) we found our way into Wat Phra Si Samphet – famed for its three chedis – which even covered in scaffolding were impressive.
At this point the heat got the better of us – we were both very pink, possibly not the best temperature for cycling – and we retreated to our room and air conditioning.
We ended the evening with beers on the main tourist strip and some wonderful food from a street ‘restaurant’ – butterflied prawns with a very hot chilli, garlic, lemon and nam pla dipping sauce and chicken and cashew nuts – scrummy.