In any event, when it was thriving there were a large number of temples (wats) built to honor Buddha. Some are still standing and some are just piles of stone and bricks now.There is no doubt in my mind after this trip that Buddha set off a building spree in South East Asia that more than rivals the cathedral building in Europe in the middle ages. This was in about the same period with both Angkor in Cambodia in the 10th -12 th centuries and Ayutthaya in the 13th to 18th.
|Baan Thai House|
I will show a few of the sights I saw on the tour here.
|Wat Yai Chai Mongkhorn|
|Wat Yai Chai Mongkhornption|
The tour ended at 3:15 and I was exhausted, hot, and sweaty and the one bottle of water I had with me was almost enough.
|Wat Lokayasutharam (Reclining Bhuddha)|
|Phra Monkhon Bophit|
After a dinner of Green Chicken Curry (very spicy) at the hotel, moderated by a bottle of Singha Beer and a dish of mocha chip ice cream, I retired to my room to download pictures and tag them with the names of the individual wats, which I had recorded on the way.
The next day (Feb 07), I started out right after breakfast to go over to the main part of town, look around, and check out my ride back. I had decided upon a minivan shuttle to the center of Bangkok, from where I could get a cab to my hotel. I had read that they did not allow a lot of luggage and I have a 25" suitcase and a backpack. We agreed that the luggage would be a second passenger, which I suspected. The fare per passenger is only 60 Baht ($1.80), so all told, it would be less than one tenth of the taxi cost.
Getting from Baan Thai House to the center of town by foot involves walking about 700 meters to the ferry dock and taking the ferry across. The ferry is 4 baht each way. I walked through town and actually went out to a couple of the wats I saw yesterday. I logged 5.6 miles of walking before lunch. Here are some pictures from today.
|Ferry across the river. This river flooded last fall and swept over my B&B which is quite a way away|
|Tourists on an elephant ride|
|Tuk-Tuk, which is a comon means of local transportation|
|Intercity bus to Bangkok|