0050 The World’s Tallest Stupa (Thai 005—new)

Nakhon Pathom Travel Blog

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Day 039: 14 hours 12.8 kms            

It was a bit hard to pull away from Bangkok--  still a lot to discover and explore… but I’ve got to keep up the pace if I want to make it all the way down to Singapore.  So after a night in Chinatown I head on back to the train station and get a ticket to the first sizeable town heading south:  Nakhon Pathom.

In about an hour I approach the city and even from far away I can see this stupa which is absolutely enormous!  I find out later that it’s actually the biggest stupa in the world… and I picked this city completely by accident!  I love it when that happens…

Of course I have to take my video clip there in front of it and wander all the way around it.  There’s a huge Buddha statue at the main entrance and an inner courtyard that encircles the entire building with multiple shrines and entrances all around.   A fascinating structure--  shaped like a bell at the bottom and with a ribbed cone at the top piercing the sky…

From there I go and find a shady spot by the canal nearby to play some music… and then sneak into a cybercafé to escape a rainshower…

I’m still undecided as to whether or not to spend the night here.  I figure I’ll wander around for a bit and then make my decision.  So I head out to explore Nakhon Pathom’s neighborhoods. 

It’s actually a very large city and it takes me a good while to reach the east edge of town.   I head on back towards downtown and then off to explore the south side.  I get a bit lost--  but that’s more of an opportunity than a predicament… to happen on a big neighbourhood party… to wander through the vast wholesale market… to discover the local nightlife with little rustic bars and restaurants with live music built on stilts over the water… I chill out for a bit, listening to a singer and guitarist belt out Thai and English pop songs.

Not very many tourists here--  despite the obvious Big Attraction of the town…

Finally I make it back to downtown and to the train station where I find it’s too late to catch a train south.  No worries--  Nakhon Pathom deserves one night at least…

I hear music nearby so I head out once more to explore.  I soon come across a lively little night market still open--  and a colourful little transvestite street theatre with two fellows putting on an animated show… A glimpse into another facet of Thai culture…

 Finally I head back to my hotel where I head out to the balcony just to gaze at that magnificent pagoda, glowing like an enormous inverted torch…

It’s been a good day…

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