Today again we keep following the Ping river and tonight we will meet one of Grandin’s friend, Kondhin and his wife June. They live in Salok Bat along the highway but fortunately we were able to avoid it during 95% of today. We didn’t visit any specific places on the way but enjoy the scenery and the road.
Today we kept following up the river Ping which goes all the way to Chiang Mai but we won’t be able to cycle next to it everyday. We will leave it at the Dam in the next coming days. This morning we have visited a tiny temple and met the guy who is restoring it. Then we kept on going until we stopped for breakfast. Next to that place there was another temple. Monks offered us to visit their hangar where they store super long competition boats. Finally we decided that it will be our day off today after 8 days cycling.
There is lots of things to report today :-) First we caught a ferry this morning, few! BIG news! That was my first time in Thailand ;-) Then we visited the river where huge fish live in large groups. Actually that’s because plenty of tourists come here regularly to feed them. They are not that dumb! After that, we visited that surprising temple (picture above) which has 32 functional doors we can use to enter inside. Which one to use?! Further away. we stopped to visit a Buddha factory and its jewelery. The people there do a super job, I must say, brilliant job :-) During breakfast time, we met an old guy who is passionated about wooden weapons. He makes them himself and shoot with mud balls. He builds slingshot, bow and extra long riffle. Impressive :-)