Outside the station were a few tuk tuk drivers willing to give me a ride around to the palace but they were rather half-hearted in their attempts to persuade me. I certainly didn't want a ride as the walk was only 25 minutes from the station and besides which they had plenty of other takers. The first obstacle was the main road with four lanes of traffic to negotiate. Luckily this wasn't nearly as busy as a Bangkok road and I was soon across and walking down the rather less busy road into the village. I was pleased to see a pavement; something that we would rather take for granted in Britain but which in Thailand isn't always a given. I passed a school, not obvious from the buildings but from the large den which is characteristic of most schools I have seen here. The purpose of these buildings is obvious when you have been here only a short time - they allow children to play outside but stay protected from the climate extremes including lightning, heavy rain and probably the sunshine during the hot season.
As I walked down the road I was struck by the relative opulence of the houses. This looked like a much more affluent place to live than the area of Bangkok where I am based. Most of the houses had gardens and many even had drives. There were few people about and even a lack of soi dogs. In fact it was all very quiet from what I am used to. The street lights looked somewhat royal with their golden design and the hedges were full of bougainvillea flowers, which seem to be the latest seasonal offering.
As I rounded the first corner I passed by the House of the Rising Sun, an unusually well-appointed local restaurant that boasted live music, craft beers and perhaps the first clue that I was firmly on the tourist trail. Just past there and I crossed a small river by way of a narrow bridge and came upon a Buddhist temple. I love the colour schemes of the temples; a mixture of white, gold, red and green. I think religion should be colourful and Buddhism in Thailand manages to reflect the colours of the surroundings. The depiction of the Buddha inside the grounds looked so serene, in keeping with the mood of the country. Even where it is chaotic and busy there seems to be a calm atmosphere - no-one seems to get very stressed. The lions guarding the front gate looked a little fierce however - woes betide anyone who tries to get past them!
|Pimp My Ride|
|Deluxe Tuk Tuk|
|Ho Hem Monthian Therawat|
|Phra Thinang Aisawan Thiphya-Art|
|Princess Saovabhark Nairiratana Monument|
|Queen Sunanda Kumariratana Memorial|
|Nine Chamber Mansion|