A daytrip to Sukhothai Historical Park

Trip Start Oct 02, 2010
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Trip End Oct 23, 2010


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Monday, October 11, 2010

To be honest, it's a bit of a cheat to say hi from Sukhothai as I am still in Phitsanulok. But I wanted a new pin on my map:)

Life is full of lessons, in fact life
IS a lifetime lesson and today I learnt a lot again. I can't exactly
tell you what happened today in the heat of Phitsanulok today with me
sweating all over. The result is beautiful though: I'm ease at heart,
whatever will be will be!
Probably I came on this journey with
too high expectations or hope it would work out with my Thai
girlfriend. When I found out it didn't it seemed like the end of the
world to me, but in fact it isn't: I lost my love and found a good
friend in her, I found beautiful friends along the road and hey- I'm
still here in Thailand!
Now this is what happened yesterday:
Luck called me in the morning if I
wanted to go to Sukhothai- of course I did! Her older brother
suggested it and I gratefully joined them. They (Luck, her older
brother, her sister in law and their beautiful children) picked me up
at 10 am at the hotel. Sukhothai once was the capital of Thailand
about 1000 to 800 years ago and a splendid city. It's about 80
kilometers from Phitsanulok and can be reached by bus or by car in a
bit more than an hour. Going out on a daytrip with a Thai family is a
lot more fun than doing it by yourself taking a bus. This way
includes a lot more stops for shopping and having food along the
way. When we arrived at Sukhothai Historical Park it was almost noon
and freaking hot. The park is too big to walk so they rent bicycles
there or -Thai style- we went in by car, sat in the back of the
pickup holding umbrellas to protect from the sun and stopped at
interesting points. Having seen some nice temples and having taken a
lot of pictures we bought some food and had a picnic in the shade.
This way i had a chance to get to know her family better: I know the
children by phone and webcam and them being cute and nice was no
surprise for me. Her brother is a really gentle man, quiet and I
liked him instantly, such as his wife, who seems very easy going and kind.
Seeing even more temples and taking
even more pictures we had enough after a couple of hours and we made
our way back to Phitsanulok, where we stopped at Topland Plaza, a shopping mall so I
could hold my promise and buy some toys for the kids. The little girl
had urged me to buy a Barbie doll for her for months and when I only
joked at her once that she was too old for that and didn't need a
Barbie she cried heavily. Choosing toys isn't easy. Finally it was
done and I was glad to see their eyes very happy and a smile on their
face.
After having dinner together they
dropped me at my hotel. It was my best day on this trip in Thailand
so far!
Today I went to see the garden (of)
birds in Phitsanulok. It's a small place and unfortunately the
birds are caged, but on the other hand these huge hornbills aren't shy
at all and quite scary. By the time I was there my friend Su called
me and I am sorry to say I let down my bad mood on her, which is not
fair. She turned out to be a good friend and a great advisor in the
past weeks. This woman is quite young in years but so adult, almost
wise. Anyway she just called me in the wrong minute the poor girl
and she got the anger which I should have addressed to the f** Tuk
Tuk- driver who charged a lot from me again or myself because I
couldn't bargain him down. I hate Taxi and Tuk Tuk drivers in
general. 10 yearsago I would have sent them to hell and laughed about
them if they charged their ridiculous prices. But being handicapped
I am dependable on them now and sometimes I am tired to bargain for
every single Baht.
Near the garden of birds is an Buddha
image manufactory.and a Folklore museum. I visited them both- all in
all these were no spectacular highlights but ok.
The thief of a Tuk tuk driver charged
me 100 Baht tao get to Wat Yai which is just ridiculous
But i wanted the picture of myself with
the amazing Buddha there too bad and in the end I got it. The good
thing in Asia is, if you get ripped off it's mostly still affordable.




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