Overnight in Sukhothai
Sukhothai Travel Blog› entry 25 of 32 › view all entries
November 1st, 2009 – by: jaeWALK
Finally, after 9 years and 3 attempts, I made it to Sukhothai... and just in time for the start of Loy Krathong! Such perfect timing to be in the place believed to be where the festival originated.
From Chiangmai, the bus took around 5 hours. I arrived in Sukhothai around 2PM. Once checked in at the guesthouse, I wasted no time to go to the Old city. OK, I'm a liar. I wasted a couple of hours walking from the guesthouse to the mini-bus terminal to the Historical Park. I had a couple of stop-overs - late lunch being one of them.
Around 4PM, I was finally at the park. It was such a dream come true. I kept telling myself "I AM HERE. I MADE IT!" hahaha! I rented a bike and went straight to Wat Si Chum outside the city walls.
The mood inside the park was very festive. thai music playing, people in their costumes getting ready for their performances, krathong vendors, streetfood, families on their picnic etc... it's such a surreal experience to see people preparing for the festival. By sunset, the park became even more alive as each temple was lit up with candles and the ponds with floating torches. one word - BEAUTIFUL!
The light and sound show at wat mahatat was spectacular, i had goose bumps when i saw my first khom loy rising up in the air in tune with the beat of the drum from the show.
Nov 1, 2009.
On my way to the mini-bus station i saw my very first tamboon - the practice of giving alms to the monks. I've been curious about it everytime I go to thailand, but never really got the chance to see one because i never wake up early. So, the monks go around town, and people would come up to them, kneel... maybe pray and then give them something.
The day before I was one of the last ones to rent a bike, this day - i'm the very first one. It was such a pleasant experience biking in Sukhothai early in the morning when I didn't have to sweat a lot - and there weren't too many people to get in the way of my shots. So yes, waking up early has it's perks. There were just a handful of people at the park when I arrived.
Anyway, I made a tiny booboo while in Sukhothai. Worried that the buses back to Chiang Mai will be full, I bought a ticket once I got in town. I got the 140PM schedule. When I arrived at the bus station to head back to CM, I chanced upon another bus company leaving 40 minutes before my own schedule. Hence, I exchanged the ticket for the earlier bus. Little did I know that the 1PM bus will come from another town, therefore when i got inside, there weren't any more seats available. Darn! so i had to stay at the platform at the back with a bunch of soldiers. So much for wanting to mingle with the locals huh! I would have been fine with it, had it not been for this electric fan on the back. I can't even rest my back. Good thing, halfway through some passengers alighted in some town and i was finally able to get a better seat.
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