The Ancient City
Trip Start Apr 21, 2005
9Trip End May 17, 2005
One of the reasons I came on this trip was to see friends from the last trip. Mafeung invited me to her family's place out in Bang Pe. It's certainly not one of the highlights you'd find on the tourist map. But a welcome change from the big city. So I gladly accepted.
We headed by bus southeast of Bangkok. Two buses, each an hour long. With connections it can take over 5 hours. This is actually her uncle's place. She's staying with relatives while she looks for a job. Her town is further out.
It's a small apartment measuring about 12' by 16'. The main room is for eating, sleeping and dining
For dinner, we went into the market. I picked out my three favorite dishes to take back. All to-go food and beverages are served in plastic baggies. Very easy and economical. I see lots of people carrying baggies home after work. Back at the apartment, we spread them over newspapers on the floor. Their favorite way of eating is to wrap up small balls of rice in their hands to dip in the main dishes. It was interesting, and filling. With temperatures around 100 Fahrenheit, we never came close to finishing. An important part of Thai culture is not showing the bottoms of your feet. So, during dinner, that meant sitting cross-legged or side-saddle. Sounds easy but for me kind of awkward. I got lots of reminding.
Her uncle recommended we visit the 'ancient city.' I was expecting a few old buildings. Muang Boran, as they call it, is actually an architectural goldmine