Back to the mountain Chedi

Trip Start Jun 03, 2010
Trip End Mar 29, 2011

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Flag of Thailand  , Roi Et,
Saturday, November 20, 2010

Up early today to fry breakfast for all of us before all climbing into Dave's truck and heading off for the day at 9:30.  After our check up visit to the Phra Maha Chedi Chai Mongkul a week or so back we are returning today in force.  It is a lot more comfortable covering the 50km in the car though.  We arrive at the car park and Dave takes one look at the steep ascent to the Chedi and decides to give it a miss.  Having just seen it myself I elect to stay with him and we wave goodbye to the others.  We wander over to the cliff edge to admire the views and Dave decides that he could probably make it to the top using the stepped walkway here rather than the sloping road so we set off and are soon at the entrance to the chedi.  Somehow we miss the others exiting and catch up again at the car park.  Cliff is desperate for another beer but with this being temple grounds there is no alcohol available.  We drive on to what is signposted as being a 'Botany in Literature Garden'.  The road winds upwards through mature forest of the Pha Nam Yoip park and there are some huge trees besides the road.  The garden sounded promising but some 10km later we arrive and it is a bit dull and although someone has made an effort they havent quite achieved anything yet so we do not stop for more than a couple of minutes.  On the drive back down the hill we enter through what looks like it may be a back entrance to the chedi and sure enough we pass Wat Nam Thip and can approach to within 50m of the chedi still in the car.  Will need to remember this entrance should we ever come here to visit again.  We wander around here for a while spotting a banana plant with approaching 100 hands of tiny bananas on it and the girls had never seen one like it before.
We stop at the same place for our lunch on the way back washed down by a couple of beers to keep Cliff happy - well, and Dave and myself.
We get back to Khamnadie mid afternoon and the girls wish to go and visit Wan to see her garden again so I offer to take Dave by motorbike.  We include a quick tour of the village and a trip out to the farm before catching up with them at the house.
In the evening we drink more beer, eat seperately again (?) then drink yet more beer ...
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