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Ban Pak Khlong

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  • Day14

    Wat Thang Sai

    May 29, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    We took advantage of today's overcast skies to hike up to see the Golden Buddha and Wat Thang Sai. They are only two kilometers from our hotel with an elevation gain of just 82 meters so we figured it would be an easy morning stroll. As it turned out, with the high humidity, it seemed a lot farther.

    The road to the temple was one we hadn't traveled before and we came across several mom and pop Thai restaurants we might try out and another cove harboring a fleet of fishing boats waiting for the high tide to return and allow them to sail off. Once again, only steps from our hotel, we were right in the middle of rural Thailand.

    The closer the road came to the Buddha, the steeper it became and we were both dripping with sweat by the time we made it to the statue. But we weren't done climbing yet. Once we walked past the two Dvarpalas, the fearsome looking giant guardians of the temple, we had to climb another 235 steps, guarded by two five-headed naga on either side, to reach the Wat. And it was well worth the climb.

    As soon as we entered the temple, we were offered a glass of ice cold water, which went a long way to replacing the fluids I had dripped onto the road and stairs on the way up. Unlike most of the other temples we've seen in this country, Wat Thang Sai was built only twenty two years ago, in 1996, to commemorate the king's fiftieth year on the throne. Despite the newness of the building, clearly no expense was spared to incorporate the finest materials and craftsmanship into its construction. There were frescoes on all the walls depicting Thai and Buddhist life and battle scenes and many of the statues are covered in gold leaf. Very impressive.

    Equally impressive was the view from the many different levels that looked out over all directions. The sandy beaches to the north and south go on forever and were all completely deserted, except for the odd stray dog. To the west it is coconut groves as far as the eye can see.

    All in all, a great way to spend a rather dreary day in this sleepy little village.
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  • Day15

    I've Got A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts

    May 30, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

    Well, not so much.

    Ban Krut is reknown for its coconut groves. Rows of coconut palms line the entire beach front and inland the groves extend as far as you can see. Yesterday, when we looked out over Ban Krut from the temple, we could see the true magnitude of the plantations.

    From the coastline to the mountains the land is covered in lush greenery. As my camera zoomed in on the green area, it became clear that it was actually nothing but a blanket of coconut palms.

    So here's the weird part.

    As I sit poolside composing this blog, I look up at the trees surrounding me and count at least fifteen coconuts on each of them. And that's only on the side facing me. With all the trees in the area, there must be hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of coconuts ripe for the picking.

    But in the three days we've been here we haven't seen anyone selling any form of coconut, except for one guy near our hotel who was producing and selling freshly shredded coconut.

    Any other place we've been in Thailand it seems everyone is selling the stuff. Sometimes it's just the meat, carefully removed from the shell and packaged. Sometimes it's entire bunches of loverly young coconuts. Sometimes it's bags of fresh coconut juice and sometimes it's ice cold whole young coconuts with their tops lopped off and a straw stuck in them. And let's not forget about coconut chips, coconut milk and all the various coconut based desserts for sale at all the markets.

    When we decided to come here we figured we'd be sipping gallons of young coconut water, but alas, the only water we drink here is the aqua pura that comes from 1.5 liter bottles we buy at Tesco.

    Sigh......
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Ban Pak Khlong, บ้านปากคลอง

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