Bangkok - Sam Phraeng region

Trip Start Jan 23, 2013
Trip End Jul 23, 2013

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

We were either jet lagged or beginning to chill now cos Terry was normally awake before 7:00 but didnt wake until after 08:00

We breakfasted about 09:30 and noticed that the floor had been patched up. As Terry couldn't be bothered to wash his clothes each day he left his laundry with hotel for collection the next day; 20 B per item... bargain, although he believed he was probably getting screwed on price by the hotel.

We walked to nearby Wat Suket or Golden Mount. We slowly climbed spiralling steps around the mount, through shaded gardens, waterfalls, bells, gongs and shrines to experience the unspoilt Wat at the very top with great views across local districts. As it was Sunday all the local families are also attending in large numbers and it was quite humbling to see at least three generations of some families worshiping together. They also purchase 10cm2 sheets of gold leaf which they rub on to their chosen Buddha or relic. We spent a while listening to the chanting Monks and watched people making offerings etc.

We walked down Bamrung Muang road towards the Sao Ching Cha (Great Swing) which was a bit of a non event, but we did pop in to Wat Suthat which is pretty old temple off the main tourist route. Once again there was a great feeling of community and family while we witnessed the locals and Buddhist Monk chanting afternoon prayers.

I got us a little lost and then found a little coffee shop called Sweeties where we tried the Internet access to upload photos etc. Great Latte and iced coffee with wonderful coconut and coffee cakes.

We walked back up to the Democracy Monument and left to Khao San Road to buy me a sun hat, sunglasses and tea bags (!)

We returned to the hotel and en-route walked through the Monks houses behind Wat Parinayok where we saw several monks in their private gardens using mobile phones, playing cards and generally chilling out. This shocked me a little, I thought becoming a Monk meant giving up material things.

After freshening up we headed back down to the Khao San Road for some Pad Thai. This time, on my recommendation, Terry decided to try Tofu. We also had the most amazing satay pork with a couple of Chang beers. We felt stuffed and all for 400 b (£8).

We returned to the Sourire early evening. We guessed we should make the most of our final night in a bed as tomorrow, we would be spending the night on sleeper train to Chang Mai.
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Richard & Sharon on

HI Tel
Totally agree with your thought of the day "whatever".

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