Saturday, February 17, 2007

Friday, Feb. 16 Sukothai World Heritage Site

The ancient (13th century) first capital of Thailand at Sukothai is a fascinating and well-done national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is the "lower north" part of Thailand's central plains, and Sukothai is where the plains meet the mountains. Beautiful country.
Apparently, the Japanese people have contributed quite a bit of money to restoration here. We saw several groups of Japanese tourists. Glad it wasn't too crowded today. I hope to come back someday in November for the famous rice harvest festival, where folks float banana leaves with lighted candles on the many waterways. Should be just gorgeous.

Note me in the lower right-hand corner next to the huge Buddha. He's imposing.

Though only 65 km from Phitsanulok, the trip seemed long because of road construction creating a four-lane highway to connect Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar (Burma) for commerce purposes. Right now it is a MESS, but our fine driver got us through, and we arrived in time for a good visit to the historic city and a yummy lunch of Sukothai noodles and satay on the way back.

Nongnath and I flew back at sunset getting back to SWU around 8:30 pm. A long, but good, week.

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