Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
374Trip End Mar 15, 2007
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I spied the box of cornflakes sticking out of the shopping bag beside the kitchen as I hurried through expecting to relive my 3 and half month cereal hankering to sit down to a big bowl of...rice! Ah, well maybe next time.
Just along the road from the house was a large-ish temple area complete with both a giant sitting and lying Buddha with not another tourist, or anyone actually, insight. This was probably due to being a good few kms outside of Chonburi itself with none of the tourist frills surrounding it i.e. no souvenir stalls, markets, donation boxes or admission fee.
Heading home with a boot load of dragonfruit and pineapples from the brother's garden we stopped at Sarika waterfall which despite it's impressive size and shampoo advert scene setting with people swimming below it left a sour taste in my mouth with the foreigner pricing of 200 Baht compared to just 20 for Thai people - what do they use to class you as a foreigner anyway, simply non-Thai looking? Would not have been so bad if they did not try to hide it so feebly with the price for Thais written in Thai and that for foreigners in English hoping we would not notice
Further down the road we drove through Khao Yai National Park (another 200 Baht thank you) which is a huge rainforested area bordering on five different provinces complete with elephants, tigers, deer and snakes of which we saw zilch. What we did see though was a crowd of monkeys (what do you call a bunch of monkeys?) all over the road so we stopped to take a gander. On getting out of the car for a closer look they started feeding them through the window of the car sending the monkeys into an excited craze and so promptly shut the door behind me to stop them and of course me getting in as I was promptly surrounded by the hairy critters.
Escaping their mischievous paws at last we continued to drive through the park which although the weather was pretty misty still offered some pretty impressive vistas as I made a note to try and return after teaching for a longer time to explore.