Northward Bound

Northward Bound

After getting our visas renewed in Phuket, we decided to head to the city of Chiang Mai in the far north of Thailand—a journey of almost 1,000 miles. We broke it up by staying for a few nights in the completely untouristed towns of Surat Thani and Phetchaburi. Both had wonderful night markets to stroll around getting yummy Thai dinners for only a few dollars.

We didn’t do much sightseeing, but we did stop by a few of Phetchaburi’s beautiful Buddhist temples (called wats in Thailand). Their style bears some resemblance to that in Laos but with some distinct differences, such as the use of carved stucco designs. While in Phetchaburi, we also got to meet (from a distance) the giant water monitor lizards that are common in parts of Thailand. From Phetchaburi, we took a train to Bangkok and then a night train to Chiang Mai. Sleeping in the cozy little curtained compartments was great fun.

A lovely Thai-style Buddhist temple (wat) in Phetchaburi
A lovely Thai-style Buddhist temple (wat) in Phetchaburi
Facade of another Phetchaburi wat
Facade of another Phetchaburi wat
A small Khmer-style temple in Phetchaburi—once one of the farthest outposts of the empire that was centered at Angkor Wat in Cambodia
A small Khmer-style temple in Phetchaburi—once one of the farthest outposts of the empire that was centered at Angkor Wat in Cambodia
Street art near our hotel (the great White Monkey Guesthouse) in Phetchaburi
Street art near our hotel (the great White Monkey Guesthouse) in Phetchaburi
A water monitor on the bank of the river in Phetchaburi
A water monitor on the bank of the river in Phetchaburi
Swimming water monitor
Swimming water monitor
The train station, our only view of Bangkok
The train station, our only view of Bangkok
Chris in her bunk, eating an incredibly healthy dinner of "American corn snacks" (generic Bugles), cashews, dried mango slices, and peanut M&Ms. (We were surprised to find no food places open in the Bangkok train station at 9 p.m.)
Chris in her bunk, eating an incredibly healthy dinner of “American corn snacks” (generic Bugles), cashews, dried mango slices, and peanut M&Ms. (We were surprised to find no food places open in the Bangkok train station at 9 p.m.)

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