I have recently made a trip to Bangkok for a weekend, in order to change the routine of everyday beach life in Cha-am; and of course, to spend some time wandering around in the wonderful air-conditioned shopping malls there.
I took a private taxi there and back, 1800 Baht (circa £36.00) each way, great value for a journey of about 175 kilometres, especially as it meant that I could, and did, request the driver to take the old coast road from Cha-am to Bangkok, which is perpetually bereft of traffic, and allowed me to see the amazing and enormous salt farms that fill the gap between the road and the sea for many miles.
The private taxi service also allowed me to take an entirely different route back ………. in order to visit 3 temples that I had not seen before, all of them different by design, a remarkable old temple built within the roots of a very old banyan tree, a temple constructed entirely of wood on the banks of the Mekong river, and a temple built into an enormous cave in a huge rock face that was home to a huge troop of monkeys .
above and below………….. the wonderful salt farms on the coast north of Cha-am
Loverly roadside tree with many different coloured blossoms
above and below ………. loads of these fantastic life-sized combat statues in the grounds of this wonderful old temple …..
above …… I bashed him up, he didn’t have a chance ………… and below, the temple built into the roots of the banyan tree …..
Temple on the banks of the Mekong ……
amazing old temple built entirely from wood ….
above and below ………. temple built into a cave ……… in a huge rock face, which is the natural home for monkeys in Thailand ……..
Huge and spectacularly beautiful reclining Buddha in the cave temple