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Visiting Phitsanulok again
Wat Chula Manee
We were invited to make a small tour in the city of Phitsanulok, to see a bit more of the old history of the city. With all the rain some temple complexes were a bit flooded, like here at the ruins of "Wat Chula Manee". It is supposed to be the oldest temple in Phitsanulok build in the Sukhothai era.
Standing Buddha at the "Wat Wihang Thong"
A Chedi where stairs are leading to the top where originally was a huge sitting Buddha image (now moved to Bangkok).
I love the be out in the early morning and although we are still in the raining season the mornings start to feel like in the cool season with some fog and clouds around the mountains of Doi Phu Kha in Pua. The rice is growing fast now and in 4 weeks it will be harvesting time.
We are having a few beautiful days in the end of the raining season in Nan, North-Thailand. So I made a early motorbike trip around in the northern part of Nan province. Sorry no photo of my motorbike. I not really understand that ... if you want to see my motorbike have a look at the Kawasaki website and look for the Z250. But the area in Nan - Thailand is worth to make photos. I love riding in the early morning!
Here a copy of the map of tourist attractions from the TAT of Loei.
I can recommend :
03 Have a lunch at Huai Krating lake
05 Visit Wat Tham Pha Pu
14 Walk in the Pha Ngam Rock Garden
16 See sunrise at Phu Kadung National Park
18 Watch wild elephants at Phu Luang Wildlife sanctuary
19 Swim at Pla ba Waterfall
23 Visit Phitakon museum
24 Wat Neramit Wipatsana
25 Phra That Si Song Rak
26 Wat Si Pho Chai Saeng Pa
27 Phu Suan Sai National Park
28 Phu Rua National Park
33 Phra Phut Mongkhon Lilatha Buddha image
35 Visit Kaeng Kud Ku at the Mekong River
36 Ancient wooden houses
39 Wat Phochai Na Pung
And although not mentioned :
40. A visit to Na Heao border to Laos
41. Walk in the Erawan Cave
The officially Thai name is actually "Santikhiri" but most time it is referred to as "Doi Mae Salong" while the real Chinese name is actually "Mae Salong Nok". The term Doi actually refers to the all mountain area. The village is located high in the Dean Lao mountain range in Chiang Rai province at about 1100m above sea-level. And it became famous for the inhabitants as being ex-KMT soldiers. And of course it was also famous for the poppy fields as part of the opium trade in the Golden Triangle.
Nowadays it has become an tourist destination with the help of the Royal Project to turn the poppy fields into tea & fruit plantations. And it is a wonderful area to travel and see the cultural heritage of the former KMT people. Thai tourisme mainly goes there in the "winter" to enjoy the cool climate and the sea of fog between the mountains (Talay Mok). Highly recommended to go there!
This morning we went to the Wat Phuket in Pua to make tamboon (offering to the monks). Unfortunately we were just to late to see the sun climbing over the skyline of the Doi Phu Kha mountains. With the name of this temple you might be thinking of a famous beach resort in South-Thailand but Phu means mountain and Ket is the name of the village nearby. I love the early mornings in the mountains of Nan in North Thailand.