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Two nights in Sukhothai
Bar 64000 near the bridge in the new city
Of course the old city of Sukhothai (the first ancient capital of Siam) is not changing but the new city of Sukhothai is changing for the better. In the old days the main area to stay / sleep was in the new city near the bridge. Well that area is still within the city the most used area with about 6 guesthouses and a few restaurants. Although all over town are also a few guesthouses and hotels. But in the old days there were almost no hotels near the old city (Historical Park) and that has changed a lot. There are many new & good guesthouses and hotels now. And some restaurants also. Luckily Sukhothai has not yet become like many other bigger places in Thailand with shopping malls, Burger Kings, etc. But there is now a BigC (with restaurants) and in town are some modern pubs, restaurants and coffee shops. There even is a an all street with pubs and restaurants ... have a look at Soi Damrong (north side of the new city).
Nice cool weather is here again, so it was time for a Bo Klua loop on the motorbike. Living in Pua that is not such a big loop, only 120 km. From Pua to Bo Klua via the beautiful route 1256, only 47 km. Although a sign in Pua makes you think it is 78 km, but that is via Santisuk. Rout 1256 is mostly in good conditioning, although there are a few bad sections and big bumps in the road. Almost in Bo Klua I noticed that my chain was making a weird noice and I had a look : Totally dry! So I stopped at a small motorbike workshop in Bo Klua and the guy did lube my chain free of charge. And with real good chain lube! From Bo Klua I took route 1081 in direction of Santisuk and back to Pua again. I thought to make a pit-stop at Atlas Coffee Shop or Base 29 Coffee Shop but both were closed so I arrived a bit hungry in Pua. It was a great riding again after a few months not riding. Following are a a few photos and a map of the route I took. For more information about the beautiful Nan province …
Sangkhlaburi is a small town about along one of Thailands biggest lakes and it is famous for the longest wooden bridge of Thailand. But also for Wat Wang Wiwekaram, that is located at the so called mon-side of the lake. It is not an old temple and the pagoda you see on the photo is part of the temple complex.
As part of Living in Thailand, the Rice Field Project follows our journey of buying land, preparing it for building our house and finally building our house. This is part 28, to read the other parts click The Rice Field Project. We bought the first plot of land in September 2017. The extra plot of land was bought in November 2017. The real construction of the house started 29 October 2018 and the erecting of the first pole was at 8 November 2018.
Status report at 17 November 2018 : So what happend since the last update 10 days ago? In the previous update you did see there were 18 holes made and in each hole a footing with a pole of steel on top. Well those poles have been cast with cement and the holes have been closed. While doing that there was also made a big hole behind the house. This hole is for the septic tanks. Two tanks of each 3 cement rings. Each ring is 50cm high. Later a third tank of plastic will be placed.
The next step was making beams between the poles. This beams ar…
As it is finally great weather again for riding the bike I made trip in direction of Yang Talat, Kalasin and then via route 227 in direction "Lam Poa" reservoir at Sahatasakhan. Actually I followed the signs "Sirindhorn bridge" because I was curious what was so import about that bridge to mention it almost at Kalasin. Well the bridge goes over the "Lam Pao" reservoir and is a few km long. The reservoir was at a high level and some roads nearby the lake were flooded. Now this is a weird bridge to be build over an reservoir without and real road on the west-side and ending in village on the east-side without any signs how to get out of the village. On the west-side are some lake-side restaurants selling bbq chicken and fish.
But first I followed the signs "Siridhorn Museum" which is also called "I-San Jurassic Park" and which is actually really a museum. And although on the outside it did look a bit old and not taken care of, inside it …
Due to the low water-level (due to lack of rain in 2016) it is not possible anymore to take the longtail boat to the island with the old temple. But the Thai can be very inventive and thought of a great solution. They did build a bamboo bridge! So now you can walk to the island. And the nice thing is that the bridge and island are lighted at night. That looks beautiful and now you can visit the island temple also in the evening (much cooler).
Mu Ka Ta is what it is called in Thailand ... or Korean BBQ. Also written as Moo Kata. It means something like "Pork Wok". It is a DIY dinner. This photo was taken at a Mu Ka Ta restaurant in a small village just outside Khon Kean city. But there are restaurants like this everywhere in Thailand. And also a bit in Laos and Cambodia.
The idea is that a small BBQ is placed on (or in) the table and on top is a kind of plate in the form of a hat. On top of the "hat" is placed a piece of fat that will grease the all hat. You will have a dish with fresh vegetable and noodle and a dish with pork meat. Some restaurants will also be able to serve seafood, beef, liver, etc. You will also get a kettle with water (or better bullion) and the water is then put in the "ring" of the "hat". Then the DIY fun starts! Put the vegetables etc. in the water and the meat on the top. It is All-You-Can-Eat for a fixed price, ranging from 99 to 199 Thai baht. Of course …
The little village Ban Sakad at 950m high in the mountains of Doi Phu Kha has unfortunately been found by Thai tourists. And for good reasons because it is a lovely village. So besides a few home-stays there is now also a kind of coffee shop with the original name Sakad Coffee. As you can see at the photos you will have great view at this coffee shop. For more information about the beautiful Nan province in North Thailand see Destination Travel Guide Nan - Thailand.
It is cool season and high time for a multiple days motorbike ride. So I left in the morning very early, for me that is about sunrise time. But as it was very foggy I left a bit later, 6:45am. And I did not get far before to make my first photo stop right in Pua. Following is a kind of Just Back Report with photos and some information about accommodation and stops along the road.
Day 1 from Pua to Phrao
I had not really intended that my destination for the first day would be Phrao, but I did choose my route and would see where I end-up at about 16:00. So the first day I extended my carbon tyre-print with another 343km, starting in Pua and taking route 101 to Chiang Klang. Be aware that between Pua and Chiang Klang they did not start with road construction. From Chiang Klang I took route 1097 to Song Kwae and then route 1148 to Phu Langkha. A bit after Phu Langkha I took route 1188 to Pong and from there route 1091and 1021 in direction of Phayao. Then a little bit route 1 to take rout…
Pattaya might be world famous for its nightlife but there are much other things to see & enjoy in the beach resort city of Pattaya along the Eastern Seaboard of Thailand. Like a walk over the beach at sunset. I would not swim in the sea there but I love the sunset view here with the little lights from the city that comes alive. Just north of Pattaya is Naklua, originally a small fishing village totally separated from what we now call Pattaya (what is actually Nong Prue). Although Naklua now has become one with Pattaya it is still is a fishing village with a huge fresh market of seafood. You can reach Naklua by Song-theauw (pickup truck taxi). Just get of at the "Big Tree" in the middle of the road.
Not much to say, just a early morning bicycle trip in Pua, North Thailand. I love the fresh air and the sunrise. And while bicycling you see the real upcountry life with farmers starting to work on their land, monks going for their morning alm and some tourists that wake-up early. Following are some more photos. For more information about the beautiful Nan province in North Thailand see Destination Travel Guide Nan - Thailand.