First Capitol of Thailand

Trip Start Jan 04, 2011
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Trip End Jan 28, 2011


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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Today we traveled to Sukhothai, the first Capitol of Thailand and the oldest city of Thailand (>1,000 years). We ate breakfast at 7:30 pm and departed BCNC at 8 am. We traveled in 2 vans with 6 Ajons: Jip, Maew, Aoi, See Jon, Potjanee and Boom. Our trip took around 4 hours. We made two potty stops and unfortunately they were the young youngs (ceramic bowls in the floor that you squat over and flush the contents with a bucket of water). Lunch was served in the car. We had sticky rice, fried pork and a brownie. Most of us slept on the way.

We arrived around 12:30 pm at the Historical National Park. We rode a Tram around the park while an English speaking Thai provided us with the history of the old city. It was amazing to see relics from as far back as 1200 BC. My mind cannot even envision something that far back. We learned about the Royal family and the ways of the people back then. The dress of the day (1200 BC) was rather disturbing to the Americans. Men wore clothe but all single females were topless. You were chosen for marriage according to the beauty of your breasts. If there was something wrong with your breasts you were allowed to place flowers on them to make them more beautiful. Once married the female was fully dressed. Many of the pictures in the area show young women who are topless. The royal temple at one time held 1,000 Buddha relics. When the Capitol was moved to Bangkok so were the Buddhas. The Capitol was moved to Bangkok during the war. They were afraid that it would be overtaken so they relocated the Capitol. We learned that when you walk around a Buddha you are to walk to the right of it. Walking on the left side brings bad fortune.

After our tour we checked in to the Legendha Resort. It was absolutely beautiful. We stayed in the Deluxe Room. You can tell by the pictures that it is very Thai and beautiful. I just love Teak wood. Sukothai is known for the original version of Pad Thai. So, can you guess what we ate for dinner? The Pad Thai had green beans in addition to the normal ingredients. It was very tasty. The Thai faculty also had Thai noodles (blue, orange, green and white). Ice cream was served for dessert. The coconut and chocolate chip was out of this world.

We returned back to the hotel. Several of the students went for a swim. The Ajons enjoyed the amenities of the resort. I am enjoying every moment. I am going to bed early as we have no internet connection and the only TV stations are in Thai. Tomorrow we are going to work in a local farm planting rice. I never thought I would be working in a rice paddy field but I am looking forward to it.


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Carolyn Kreamer on

Debbie, this is breathtaking! Thank you for the beautiful photographs. They are amazing. It looks like a paradise. Blessings to all.

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