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Der fröhliche Wanderer

Monday, November 23rd, 2009
The city I am currently in is known as New Sukhothai. Not all that impressive of a place, but it does serve as a fine base for trips to Sukhothai Historical Park and Si Satchanalai Historical Park. These parks are Thailands “Machu Picchu” or “Angkor Wat”, but much less dramatic or touristy. My park adventures shall be laid out before you in this photos montage with a few words sprinkled in.
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Sunday, Sukhothai Historical Park: A fairly popular stop for people on their way up north to Chiang Mai from Bangkok. I figured Sunday would be somewhat busy, but it was not that bad. The park is a short, cheap bus ride from town, but covers a large area. Almost everybody rents bicycles, which allow you to see all of the site while rolling peacefully down tree lined streets. Brief history: Sukhothai was capitol of the region during the 13th and 14th century, contains many remains of Wats (temples) which inturn contain many “Chedis” and “Buddhas”, many of the ruins are ruined but some are in very good shape and you can make out how majestic they were in their time. The old city is surrounded by a series of large moats and walls, in a near perfect square. The prime Wats are mainly in the center, but outside the walls there are a few gems.
Take a look for yourself:
Cruisin'

Cruisin'

Chedi is big pointy thing, remeber that.

Chedi is big pointy thing, remember that.

The main Wat in center of park

The main Wat in center of park

Me again

Me

Buddha

Buddha

Me

Me again

My guest house is a nice quiet place, a little ways out of town. I am staying in a bungalow for the first time since it was only $10. Only problem I had was with the creature that scratched at my roof at 4am. I had to tell myself that it wasn’t going to get through and fall into the room. It also sounded as if it was being chased around and at one point seemed to be crying.  Now back on more of the normal tourist route, I met a few people from places. On the bus ride out to park, I talked to a nice couple from England. They were staying at the same guest house as I.  On the bus ride back, a friendly solo traveler who has lived the past 5 years in Ashland, OR. He is trying to find work in Thailand. Good chats.

Monday, Si Satchanalai Historical Park:  The lesser known and visited site, the place is about 57km north of Sukhothai and requires you to catch a bus heading north and request a dropoff. Plans worked out and I was dropped at the park entrance along with a jolly German couple, whom I enjoyed chatting with during certain walks. I did rent a bike when we got to one section, but the park can be done on foot. There are a few Wats outside the city walls that really aren’t required viewing. Brief History: I don’t really know, I think the same time frame as the last place, just not as large or important. Much more of a park like feel, with very few other people and venders. Most of the time I had the Wats to myself, which made for a very enjoyable viewing experience. I hope these photos portray that:

Bike

Bike

a Wat

a Wat

looking down, imagine a roof

looking down

a good one

a good one

You can see the one other tourist at this Wat

You can see the one other tourist at this Wat

Clothing is not the original from 13th century

Clothing is not the original from 13th century

Zie Germans, did not rent a bike but I ran into them multiple times throughout the park. We waited about an hour at the bus stop together, for a ride back to Sukhothai. Thay have been to Thailand 10 times, yet still find new places to explore. I enjoyed the past 2 days very much and was glad to see sites other than the more common and recently built city Wats.

Currently in my pocket, I have a bus ticket to BKK with a 22:40 departure. The trip is 7 hours, which should line up good to catch another bus out to Kanchanaburi (3 hours west). I can get a good chunk of traveling out of the way during the dark hours, and have a floating raft room reserved for Tuesday night (still just $10). So, I am headed back into the mountains and waterfalls for 2 nights before I meet my friends SalazMeyer in the “Venice of the East”. บน ท้อง ถนน อีก ครั้ง