|4T Guesthouse Bungalow in Sukhothai, Thailand|
|Back Alleyway Personal Temple|
Sorry for the corny headline but that sums up a big part of today. Like touring Europe for the first time, your sightseeing includes many cathedrals and after a few days you get the same response as 99% of others doing the same drill, "Seen one cathedral...seen um all". And for the most part here in Thailand and other Buddhist countries, the abundance of Buddha statues and temples can make you brain dead, I mean they are thick with um here. But last year when I returned from Thailand I began to take notice of how many houses of worship our American neighborhoods sport and I quickly discovered we pretty much dominate the quantity of god houses per square mile. It's just most of our parishes, synagogues, or churches are boring architecturally speaking. In fact many slip into strip malls and sell smokes and ice on the side.
A little before seven this morning we left our very cute $20.00 a night bungalow in (you should all know this by now) a Tuk-Tuk and headed off to the "Old City" Sukhothai to explore the ancient temple ruins that were at there peak sometime around 1200 to 1300 AD. About the same time the Maya and the Inca were lighting up. We were well schooled on arriving to the site early morning, (in our case 7 a.m.) before the tour buses, and once there, rent a bicycle to get around. Both were very good pieces of advice because later the throngs of tourists and students were very prevalent and the bike permitted two areas of comfort. First to flee from over populated sites and second, to create a breeze in the stifling heat. OOOWEE she be hot today. The early morning was very nice but overcast which made my photographic images flat but at least the temperature wasn't peaking. Later, about 10AM, the sun broke through and the photography improved but the waterfall off my frontal lobe resembled Havasupai Falls. By this time Sharon retreated to a shade tree and took up reading while I continued on with camera and sponge.
It was almost noon and I rendezvoused with Sharon to return our bikes and meet up with our.....very good...Tuk-Tuk driver. Again the service in Thailand can't be beat. On the way back Sharon mentioned it would be good to get an afternoon Thai massage. OK everyone I want to warn you, if you ever get started the $7.00 an hour Thai Body Massage like Sharon did yesterday...now she is on a daily schedule. I must admit, I'm hooked too. Today my masseuse sent me to the moon quite a few times. That meaning the pain was beyond my pain threshold zone but I endured it and I feel the better for it.
|Sharon at Sukhothai|
Now we must move on and tomorrow Sharon and I board the bus to Chiang Mai once our laundry is returned to us. In Chiang Mai I have a special treat for Sharon, a really, really nice small hotel in the old part of the city. It's called The Charcoa House. We'll hang there for 5 days to do things like visit another temple...also we will go to a Thai cooking school, go to an elephant work camp, go to night market and stroll around the large beautiful park in the south east end of the old city. Between all those great fun adventures I will plan our route into Laos to catch a 2 day boat ride down the Mekong River.
The trip is rolling strong which is why I'll need another massage tomorrow.