17.09.2012 - 19.09.2012
Our plans to go to Sukhothai after Ayutthaya changed as we found out it was heavily flooded! Instead we took an hour train ride to Lopburi, the city famous for its monkeys that live freely n the temples and roam the streets! The temples were impressive but the monkeys were the highlight. Hundreds of them swarm one particular temple ruin. Its incredible to see them in such an unusual setting, they were very clever and mischievous and unexpectedly jumped on Bens back, with two of them trying to open his bag to see what's inside- apparently they are known for taking things from tourists and running off with glasses, food and whatever else they like the look of! We then took an overnight bus to Chiang Mai. Although it's a big city, it's much more relaxed and friendly than Bangkok! We again walked around the city looking at it's famous temples, the highlight being a temple at the top of a mountain, 1000 metres above sea level. We got a lift up to the base of the temple and walked its 300 dragon patterned steps to get to the top. The temple itself was very beautiful with huge golden monuments everywhere and it was incredibly peaceful, away from the noise of the city, it had a real spiritual aura about it and before entering we had to cover our flesh and take our shoes off out of respect. The most impressive part however was the view from the top- it was amazing to see the whole of Chiang Mai and the mountains in the distance. We've been fortunate with nice hot weather since we've got to Chiang Mai and we're hoping it continues in the next few days as we are off on a 3 day jungle trek which going to be insane! We've been given our packs complete with knife and slingshot and were off tomorrow with some Canadian nurses so wish us happy hunting in both departments!
All the best, the boys x