Aching legs, lazy Buddha’s and Monkeying around
Archive for 4/2/2013
After all the pre checks on the bike had been done, set off for Prachuap Khiri Khan, which is heading north about 548 kms or just under 7hours, either way it was a hard day, we had a few break stops to refuel us and the bike, it was a pretty uneventful ride on bad roads.
We arrived late afternoon and checked into The Golden Beach hotel, unloaded the bike, all the same stuff we have done before! We are getting quite quick at this now, loading and unloading!… One of the first things you notice in this town, is how many stray dogs and cats there were, some with no fur on their bodies due to fleas or what ever…it breaks my heart to see animals like that, but I knew that from when we were last here although it doesn’t make it any easier!
Any way off to the local markets in the main tourist area to see what its all about! Mostly the same stuff you get everywhere else, We did buy a few things though…starting with some amazing pork kebabs, corn on the cobs, some unusual (but tasty) samosa then for desert banana and chocolate pancakes…you just can’t beat stall food, so cheap as well.
The following morning we set off on the bike to check out the ‘Reclining Buddha’ Wat Khao Tham Khan Kradai, we parked in a little fishing village and made our way up the 100 or so damaged steps, a bottle of water is a must …apparently very few tourists come to visit the Buddha.
Once up the top you had to carefully climb down the makeshift steps and clamber over the rocks, you then came to some very large feet and as your eyes adjusted to the lack of light in the cave, you could make out the Buddha’s body and head…OMG… he was amazing.
We could also see that the cave went on a little further Clive went and did some ‘exploring’ with his torch, I followed closely behind incase anything jumped out!
With the torch light dimming we could make out some shapes. I decided to take a photo and see what ‘lurking’ in the darkness… WOW what a surprise when we checked to image on the camera, it was rows of Buddha’s sitting cross-legged 3 across and 6 deep, plus there was also another Buddha, a smaller version of the ‘Reclining Buddha’…its such a shame more people don’t get to enjoy this beautiful place…but maybe that’s the way the locals and Buddha likes it!
Before returning to the bike we wanted to check out a newly built Temple that we saw, just before we got there someone let off a load of fire crackers, well Clive, myself and a couple of stray dogs nearly had a heart attack (I was going to put something else down but thought better of it!!!)
Even though the Temple was new, it had such grace and charm about it.
Next on the list was a photo shoot with the local monkeys…back in town, Clive brought some sweet corn off an old lady (who sells fruit and veg to the tourists so they can feed the monkeys) and I got the camera ready Clive very quickly put the sweet corn on the motor bike seat, so I could capture the ‘monkey on the bike’ picture, these monkeys are smart, monkeys were coming from every direction, all heading for Clive! Eventually we got the photo we were after…well as close as we could get anyway, thank goodness for wet wipes, the monkey’s left a right mess on the bike seat.
We didn’t have to go far for our next adventure (had to cram a lot into one day) just above where the monkeys live is a mountain called Mirror Hill, and right at the top of that ‘hill’ is Thammikaram temple (Wat Thammikaram), to get to climb it we had to go through the markets, armed with bottles of water we set off for the marathon of steps 396 to be precise, we really should have waited till early evening to do this climb, and not tackle it in the middle of a stinking hot day! Finally we made it to the top…and boy what a fantastic view, we found a ledge with a breeze to sit on and enjoyed the view over looking the town and the surrounding countryside.
Thailand is very narrow at this point, and we could see mountains across the border in Burma, which is only about 12km to the west.
After all that excitement we headed off on the bike to Thailand Air Wing 5 Command beach, but before you can enter that area you have to sign in…it’s a place the public can go through to use the beach Ao Manao, Before you get to the beach you have to cut across the Air force runway to get there! Instead of having a swim we opted for an iced chocolate instead…. all those calories we lost going up the steps, we put straight back on and some more,
That evening we went to a restaurant just down the road from our hotel, and were joined by an English couple John and Sally that are also traveling the world, the meal was spoiled by an old man from the restaurant hitting a poor cat on the head with a wooden club, the poor cat leap so high…I hope he’s ok the old man just laughed when we had a go at him, I won’t say what we called him, but I would like hit him on the head with a club and see how high he jumps, needless to say the old guy kept away from our table… Sad to say but this put a dampener on the last night in PKK.