Heading north

Trip Start Sep 28, 2005
Trip End Jun 24, 2006

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Lampang, April 25

Miles travelled: 69960

We're on our way north, visiting smaller towns along the way. We have visited many "wats" (Buddhist temples) in the past few days -- they're interesting but they begin to run together once you've seen so many. There are both modern and ancient ones, the oldest dating back to the Sukothai period (around 1238 to 1376) followed by the Ayutthaya period (1350-1767). The different periods have different styles of pagodas or chedis, the conical towers which mark the location of Buddhist relics. One of the temples is known as the "monkey temple", not because monkeys are worshipped there, but because there are hundreds of monkeys which run all over the place.

The countryside is very pretty, with mountain ranges here in the north. On our way, we passed many rice fields and other cropland. The infrastructure is quite a bit better than we expected, even the secondary roads are well-paved and marked with very few rough patches or potholes. In one town we saw an elephant walking down the street at night -- and to make sure it could be seen, its owner put a flashing red bike light on its tail -- definitely qualifies as a slow-moving vehicle!
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