on our way to Isaan
20.08.2010 - 19.09.2010 0 °F
The part of Daddy's trip that I was the most excited about was going from Bangkok to Det Udom. We rented a driver (he came with a van!) marked a route on the map, and hit the road, covering a distance of over 800 km (over 500 miles). Just look at the map to see what distance we covered.
(play around with the maps section if you get the chance. They've changed it up a bit and it's really nice and user friendly.)
Here is the journey, in picture form, with the occasional commentary.
First stop was the Bang Pa-in, what used to serve as the Summer Palace.
Built in the early 1600s, it's got this very odd European feel to it.
Ho Withun Thasana, or Sages' Lookout
We happened to be there on fieldtrip day (both here and Ayutthaya)
Chinese pavilion. The Chinese government sent some people over to build it for the King. You know, for a gift.
Aisawan Dhiphya-Asana Pavilion
The only wat I've ever seen that looks almost exactly like a Catholic Church. Talk about some religious confusion.
We continued on to Ayutthaya, capital of the country from the 1300s to the mid 1700s.
Where we rode an elephant.
We spent the night in Nakhon Rathasrima, often known as:
We went to a town that manufactures silk. After some confusing directions, a closed museum, and a shop with not much good to buy, we were sent down the tiniest road to one of the places where the silk was being made.
That day we made the decision to drive through most of Isaan, stopping only to eat and take photos.
Buddha on top of a Volcano near Buriram.
I think he was talking to Sarah at this point. But we definitely devoured two of those chickens.
Our wonderful driver.
The next day was all about Ubon, the Mekong, and Det Udom.