On the bank of the River Kwai is an ancient city, Muang Sing, known for its Khmer temples.
I found it most notable for the caretakers’ sense of humor. There are fields of bee-attracting flowers and biting insect-seducing plants all around so you’re careful not to touch anything or step off the path. The “library” truly did make me chuckle.
I had intended to turn back after Kanchanaburi but found myself continuing on.
My final southernmost stop, Hua Hin. Notice, there is no “koh” in front, so my expectations were low for this Bangkokian weekend spot. I haven’t yet been to Koh Phi Phi, Koh Samui, Koh Chang, Koh Lanta, or well, any Thai beaches so it was well past time.
To make this a successful trip, I figured it should start with food. Well prepared fresh seafood always makes me happy and Hua Hin did not disappoint. Whether served on a pier or on the sand, steamed or grilled fishy delights kept me satisfied.
To work off some of those meals and give back to the sea, I painstakingly “rescued” dozens of stranded starfish.
On my way back to my room, I discovered a bit of street art.
On off-season weekdays, this beach is practically abandoned. Two nights turned into four, as there were starfish to save and a local economy to support.
My hope was that Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya would ease my departure from beach life.
Unfortunately, there was a worker rappelling off one of the prangs as I arrived so all I could think about was climbing.
Even the “why”s of Thailand highways and my own personal bungalow couldn’t bring me back into touring mode.
I had high hopes that Phra Prang Sam Yod would win me but…
its terrorist monkeys almost ruined my whole trip. They might look cute while perched on someone else’s scooter but don’t be fooled. One jumped on and bit my hydration pack when I tried to enter the temple while another extorted food from me after tearing holes in the seat of my scooter.
I’ve enjoyed exploring Thailand over the past two weeks and would have liked to continue further south but another adventure beckons.