Sept 30 After a big breakfast at the Legendha Sukhothai resort, we walked to the Sukhothai Historical Park. Luckily there was a tram that took us to the different Wats located within the old city walls. This park has been designated UNESCO. Sukhothai mean dawn of happiness was the captial of Thailand in the 13th and 14th centuries which historians believe was the beginning of what we know today as Thailand. It was a very hot day so glad to get back to gin and tonics.
Oct 1 Wat Chang Lom was directly behind our hotel so a very short walk. Most of the Chang (elephant) were in poor shape but there were a few that had been reconstructed. Based on archeological drawing, the elephants would have been protected by the building surrounding the chedi. Of course only the pillars for those building remain.
That afternoon we walked to the above Wat surrounded by a moat. Before we got to the Wat, we wandered through the village market. The fresh vegetables looked great. Most of the raw pork and chicken were NOT sitting on ice. Are we too worried about bacteria??? I purchased a package of sesame seed/peanut/carmel bars which aren’t bad but I think they were factory made.
The Wat was tiny. The sign said the monks stand on the bridge for their morning alms. I wonder…It was a nice way to get some exercise.
That evening we attended a Thai dancing performance at the hotel.
Oct 2nd Flew to Chiang Rai. We were picked up by our Chinese host who doesn’t speak English. He had a translation program. We got the gist of what the other person was saying. Gary developed a cough so the next couple of days we spent at home.
Oct 5 We have walked to the river in a north westerly direction. We kept seeing signs for Melt in Your Mouth restaurant. We decided that would a good place to eat. It was a beautiful building by the river Kok. The food was good. Gary ordered a salad that was coated in tempura batter and fried in oil - delicious!
Oct 8 We have walked the downtown area to locate the Bus Terminal 1 and then on to the clock tower which is pictured above. Built by the same person that built the White Temple which we will see later.
Oct 9 Took the bus to the White Temple. I can see the resemblance between the temple and the clock tower. It was an amazing place considering it is a temple. There are buildings that are still being worked on too.
Oct 9 We were walking our neighborhood as a change of pace. It used to be farm land but the town is growing. I am surprised at the number of people that speak English! It is a friendly neighborhood.
Oct 12 We walked to the Saturday Night Market. Along the way we pass the Chetawan temple. It has these dragon dogs at the entrances. I have named the one above, Drago. The market is definitely a locals market. It also seemed like a town hall. My pizza crepe was delicious. I’m glad we got there early as the market became very crowded.
Oct 14 We took another bus to the Blue temple. Another amazing use of color on a temple. Afterwards we walked to the Le Meridian hotel. We had a G & T by the pool and then walked to a river side restaurant, Lu Lan. Another Great Day!
Oct 16 Took the same bus but further out of town to the Black House. Built by a modern Thai artist. Alligator skins, furniture to look like buffalo horns and beautiful carvings. Thank goodness we left before the crowds as it was a hot day.
Oct 20 We said goodbye to Chiang Rai. A little too small for a long visit. We also said goodbye to our Chinese Airbnb with it’s leaky toilet, no light above the kitchen stove and the insects that made a hell of a noise while we watched TV. Looking forward to our tour in Laos and Vietnam.