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Wat Si Chum

People i met here who contributed to, and improved my trip: Julia (Russia), Teresa (England)

On the bus ride up to Sukothai we met an English woman called Teresa and as we had similar plans, decided to go and stay in the same guesthouse. The following day we were up bright and early and the 3 of us met for breakfast, before catching a sawngthaew to the nearby ruins. Once there, we reverted to pedal power and each hired a bicycle to tour the site. Julia got the lucky break, scoring a pink flying machine, which she was all to quick to brag about :)

The ruins themselves were fantastic and i was surpised at how few people we had to share them with. For long periods of the day we came across no-one and got to enjoy the sunny day in peace.

Wat Mahathat
The cycling wasn't too difficult although there were a few little hills leading up to the temples, which you needed to break a sweat to ascend by foot! My favourite temples included the elephant ringed Wat Sorasak, Wat Si Chum with its giant seated Buddha and Wat Mahathat, which was the central gem.


After 6 hours it was finally time to call it a day and catch the sawngthaew back to the town, we were all feeling a little saddle sore, but had enjoyed every second of the day. To treat ourselves at night we enjoyed a few Chang beers and watched 'The Da Vinci Code' in the hostel, after which we taught Teresa a card game called Dave and tried to win all her money! I think i ended about 7 baht up ($0.20) and was obviously ecstatic, as on my budget this will fund another 12 years travelling :)

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Wat Si Chum
Wat Si Chum
Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat
Buddha Statue
Buddha Statue
Buddha Statue
Buddha Statue
Wat Phra Pai Luang
Wat Phra Pai Luang
Wat Phra Pai Luang
Wat Phra Pai Luang
Julia and Teresa at Wat Phra Pai L…
Julia and Teresa at Wat Phra Pai …
Wat Phra Pai Luang
Wat Phra Pai Luang
Wat Son Khao
Wat Son Khao
Julia at Wat Sorasak
Julia at Wat Sorasak
Wat Sorasak
Wat Sorasak
Wat Sorasak
Wat Sorasak
Wat Sorasak
Wat Sorasak
Julia at Wat Sorasak
Julia at Wat Sorasak
Large chedi by the lake
Large chedi by the lake
Wat Si Chum
Wat Si Chum
Me at Wat Si Chum
Me at Wat Si Chum
Wat Saphan Hin
Wat Saphan Hin
Wat Chedi Ngam
Wat Chedi Ngam
Wat Mangkon
Wat Mangkon
Ho Thewalai
Ho Thewalai
Wat Tuk
Wat Tuk
Wat Traphang Ngoen
Wat Traphang Ngoen
Wat Traphang Ngoen
Wat Traphang Ngoen
This is naughty in Russian...
This is naughty in Russian...
Wat Sa Si
Wat Sa Si
Wat Sa Si
Wat Sa Si
Wat Sa Si
Wat Sa Si
Wat Sa Si
Wat Sa Si
Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat - Buddha with the moo…
Wat Mahathat - Buddha with the mo…
Wat Mahathat - Buddha with the moo…
Wat Mahathat - Buddha with the mo…
Wat Si Sawai
Wat Si Sawai
Wat Si Sawai
Wat Si Sawai
Wat Si Sawai
Wat Si Sawai
Wat Chetuphon
Wat Chetuphon
Julia on her pink flying machine a…
Julia on her pink flying machine …
Sukhothai
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