Cycling from Bangkok to Chiang Mai: part three
Monday 30th November
After a lie in until 9 o’clock – which felt amazing after quite a few 5AM wake ups – we pedalled the few miles to Sukothai Historical Park, which is home to a large number of ancient wats (temples).
Sukothai was the capital of Thailand in the 12-1300s, and is regarded as being central to the flourishing of art and culture within Thailand all those centuries ago. The historical park is a large square containing lots of beautiful ruins, which, due to its size, most people view using a bicycle or a car.
We cycled round admiring the views and I took something like 120 photos (what is known as a “mum” level of photos). I then deleted about 70. Out of the final 50, here are the best.
After we’d had lunch there we headed to the nearest Big C (supermarket) to get some breakfast for tomorrow. There was an ice cream parlour there, which gave us a brilliant idea. Let’s eat some ice cream!
Today we tried to visit Ramkhamhaeng National Park, which lies just a mile or so beyond Sukothai Historical Park. There was curiously little reference to it in on the internet, though it did have a campsite and a restaurant, so I thought we would be OK turning up there. However, when we found the entrance it had a big sign saying “Army Training Camp”. There was also a soldier standing guard. Hmm. We decided not to go there after all.
We regrouped with some lunch (I tried out the local speciality, Sukothai noodles – glass noodles with lime, peanuts and sugar) and then decided to do some more ruin spotting. We had accidentally missed a couple of the really famous monuments yesterday, as they were situated outside of the park, so we went off in search of these.
The rest of the day was spent eating and blog updating. Back on the road tomorrow.