Today was very different because we drove a lot more and only visited a couple of places but I had a great time.
A Different Breakfast Experience
The day started out with a walk to the Siri Wattana Market/Thanin Market. This is a large open air space filled with stalls of all kinds of foods both raw and cooked. You go from vendor to vendor making your choices and then you walk home to eat your breakfast. The most common breakfast items are meat on a stick and sticky rice. They also had doughnuts but they are a little bit different than what you would expect to find in the US. Many Thai’s do very little cooking at home for many reasons. So it is common for a family to pick up what they need for a meal either pre-cooked and ready to eat or all mostly prepared so that it is easy to heat up at home.
Up to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
After breakfast, we loaded up in the rental car and headed to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. It is a very famous temple and is up in the mountains. It is over 300 steps from the street to the temple site. There is also has a cable car like elevator. I climbed up the step to get there but decided to take the cable car back down. There are lots of statues and lots of gold things. After I came down I did purchase a bell.
Headed Up the Road
While traveling to our next destination of the day you could see rain clouds building up over the mountains.
Down, Over, Up to Sankamphaeng Hot Springs
After that, we headed down the mountain and back up another one to Sankamphaeng Hot Springs. At the top of the site, there are several geysers shooting up into the air. There is also a pool of almost bowling water there as well. You can buy eggs in a little basket and then bowl them in the hot spring. As you come down from the springs there is a series of shallow canals with the little bridges over them that you can use to soak your feet for no extra charge. There is also a large mineral swimming pool that you can buy a ticket to. There are also private bath houses. There are two that are public but one is for men and the other one is for women. We decided to rent one of the private group houses so the whole family could relax. It is like a giant bathtub that they fill just for your group from two spigots with warm or hot water from the springs. The water is full of minerals and smells a bit of sulfur. But it is very relaxing. The price was 500 baht which is the kind of money they have in Thailand. That is about $15 US dollars. After our hour was up Kelly and I decided to get a 30-minute foot and leg massage. This cost about $4 each.
Visiting a Traditional Open Air House
We finished the day eating dinner with Jacob and Kelly’s co-workers. They live in traditional Thai home where everything is opened to the outside with the exception of the bedrooms that do have a locking door. So when it rains there water can blow right into their house and the floor gets slippery. I didn’t take pictures to respect their home.