Wed 26 Sep 2007 - Wed 26 Sep 2007 33 °C
herewith we would like to inform that we have survived our first domestic flight in Thailand. We flew out of Bangkok at 6am (which entailed getting up at 3.30am :-S) and are now in Phitsanulok.
We visited it's most important temple (Wat Yai) - together with the most sacred Buddha image after the Emerald Buddha from the Bangkok's Wat Phra Kheaw. The Buddha was beautifully casted in bronze & covered in gold. 5m tall
after that temple we got hungry (haha, what else is new )) and went looking for some sort of restaurant... hmhm... in VAIN for about 2h (!!!). That is because Phitsanulok is a provincial town (for the ones who have joined me in India: I think it will be enough if I tell you it was like Jaipur... - if less crowded, and with WAY nicer people). People are indeed nice and everyone is constantly smiling at you. We even passed by a local market - where they were selling ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING-looking food... totalyl different from the food we've been eating so far (often from the street stalls as well - but never as bad!!!). haha, we've also seen some meat hanging outside in the 40 degrees... how handy...
haha... actually... today it is clearly the two of US who are THE most important tourist attraction of this town... haha. everywhere we go we're drawing a lot of attention, women, men, and children stop whetever they've been doing just to look at us . haha, there's been greeting us, clapping for applause, waving, bending in front of us, etc etc
that is because there seem to be very few tourists here.. ACTUALLY: I have only seen 3 (THREE) non-locals today - including all the people we've seen the domestic airport in Bangkok.
hmhm... one of those 3 foreigners was this old/fat/ugly American guy at the airport who was calling his wife from the airport, from a public phone. He was accompanied by a VERY young Thai girl (haha, and I do NOT think it was his guide )). He phoned his wife to tell her he loved her, and that he was calling from a mobile phone of someone who was nice enough to let him use it.... RIIIIGHT...
anyway: even on our flight we were THE only 2 tourists on the plane
now we're content - after having (accidentally) found a shopping mall where there was a food court
seems that one REALLY needs a lonely plant to find ANY restaurant over here...
Jestesmy w Phitsanulok, miescie oddalonym od Bangkoku o blisko 400 km. Wstalysmy o 3:30 nad ranem, zeby zdazyc na samolot o 6:00. Od rana jest niewatpliwie bardzo egztycznie - na lotnisku oprocz nas byly tylko 3 inne biale osoby, w samolocie tylko my - pozostali pasazerowie to lokalna ludnosc. W Phitsanulok sa dwie atrakcje - swiatynia Wat Yai oraz my. Budzimy entuzjazm wsrod miejscowych - pozdrawiaja nas, klaszcza, nawet salutuja! Ewidentnie odwracaja glowy na nasz widok. To, co nas tutaj przywiodlo to posag Buddy w swiatyni Wat Yai - jest to drugi co do waznosci posag Buddy w Tajlandii, zaraz po Szmaragdowym Buddzie z Bangkoku. Faktycznie robi wrazenie - ma 5 m wysokosci, jest wykonany z brazu i pokryty zlotem. Pieknie wyeksponowany na tle czarnych murow w zlote ornamenty i podobnie zdobionego sufitu w kolorze bordo.
Samo miasto nie poraza, jest bardzo prowincjonalne i specyficzne. Nieco brudne i niechlujne. Ale niezmiennie ludzie sa uroczy.
Idziemy zwiedzac dalej, przed nami muzeum poswiecone codziennemu zyciu Tajow. Zobaczymy takze miejsce, gdzie odlewa sie posagi Buddy.
Milego dnia :-)
dzis dodalysmy wreszcie zdjecia - takze przy postach dni poprzednich - przewincie na dol