Hair and High Temple

Trip Start Nov 02, 2007
Trip End Dec 02, 2007

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Today started out with a nice lay in (9am) after the late night I had with Vera.  I had to collect some laundry but then had a nice breakfast of spicy scrambled eggs and toast :-)

I then walked over to Vera's guesthouse and we went to have our hair done.  Vera had highly recommended have my hair waxed to stop the frizz so I went for that. 

Firstly the wash.  This was really good, great head massage and she took real care of my head which was so nice to experience.  After that I had the wax applied and then sat under a steamer for about 20 mins.  Then it was a wash again, this time with even more vigourous head massage which put into a very blissed out place.  Next they dried my hair, both of them!  This was very strange but really quite nice have 2 people drying your hair and taking such care over it I felt a very strong bliss which stayed with me all day

The main hairdresser suggested having my hair thinned out a bit as it very thick.  I agreed and she did a great job.  I let her loose really and she gave me a very different look which I really like.  I'll uploaded a photo so you can see.

The end result is fantastically soft hair which is so much lighter that I feel a lot cooler, in both senses of the word :-)  And it only cost 460B (7 pounds). Feeling pretty good by now Vera and I set off for Doi Suthiep, the mountain temple.  This required 2 song teows, 1 to the zoo and another up the mountain to the temple.

Once at the site we had 306 steps to climb upto the temple complex but it wasn't too bad.  We grabbed some fresh orange juice and made the ascent.  We both felt a little hung over so had a nice rest at the top.  As we wandered around the site we went into one of the temple rooms and meditiated for a while.  There was a monk in there giving blessings which involved flicking water onto you with a bunch of sticks or grasses and then giving you a piece of string to tie around your wrist.  No westerns came in other than to take pictures so Vera and I were the only ones.  The energy was lovely in there and one of the buddha statues particularly was very strong.  I felt a strong pull towards the monk so made my way over on knees following the thais that were in there.  I got before him, bowed and received my blessing which was really nice.  The string is now on my wrist and I think it will stay there for the rest of my trip.

We carried on round the did the ceremonial walk around the inner shrine.  This involves picking up flowers and incense, walking around the golden monument 3 times and then praying before the emerald buddha, offering the flowers and lighting the incense.  Again no westerners did this.  It was so nice and felt so special to be there in the long line of thais showing devotion. 

After a really cup of Ice Lemon tea and a chocolate waffle :-) we watched a little bit of thai dancing, took some photos and headed back down.  All in all I think we spent about 3 hours up there and it was a lovely day.

Vera had to go back then as she had work that evening so I headed back to the guesthouse via the night street market.  I'd bought a cute top and skirt before I got back here :-)  I'm now running pretty low on the cash I brought so I'll have to find somewhere to cash some travellers cheques, which should tide me over for another 2 weeks, then I'll have to draw some cash out.

I have been a little over budget this weekend as Vera and I are treating ourselves a bit (massages, hair do's etc) which is lovely but I'll just have to watch that I don't spend much during the week (which is easy to do here) as I should be able to get by on about 450 baht a day inc. room.

Anyway I'll probably take a stroll around the market anyway and just see whats there :-)  No doubt I'll end up buying 'something' but it will have to be something cheap.
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