Or the White Temple. This place was crazy and weird. I took a bus with this Chilean girl I met at the hostel (she’s super cool, and I want to be friends with her) to the temple 25 miles outside the city. Of course it let us out on the wrong side of a 4 lane highway… I am getting pretty good at running through traffic. The scooters barely scare me anymore.
The temple itself is really impressive, but as I get closer it reminded me of a theme park or a Hollywood horror version of an actual temple. Wolverine’s head was dangling on a tree next to Malificent’s, there was a hand in the hell pit shooting us a bird and still my friend got in trouble for showing her knees, go figure.
This town has probably been my favorite, before getting to Chiang Mai. I was still surprised by how touristy it was, but we stayed in the weirdest little hostel owned by a guy who slept on a mattress on the floor in this tiny room behind the front desk. He was a character. He made me eggs in the morning, Thai style, with soy sauce on them and a hot dog on the side. I also made my first friends on the trip, which is always the best. A couple of British guys from Nottingham (being the typical American I just exclaimed “Oh, Robin Hood!” at him. He was nice enough to act like that was the first time he’d heard it).
They told us how they’d gotten in pretty early and had a run in with the infamous wild dogs of Ayutthaya. Luckily, an older woman who ran out of her house to beat the dogs off with a water bottle. I wish I’d been there to see it… from s safe distance.
We ended up spending the day together and that evening befriended these two Aussie kids while on a boat ride around the city. That evening was so much fun. Eating dinner, asking each other questions about our respective countries and being told hilarious stories.
This was definitely part of a scam, but because I didn’t actually buy anything at the “Armani” store, I got away with a 2 hour tour of Bangkok on a Tuk Tuk for only 40 baht. Pretty awesome.
His driving was definitely interesting. A lot of driving toward oncoming traffic and cutting off an ambulance…