This is a continuation of our road trip around the north-western part of Thailand. To read from the start, click HERE.
I was feeling a little bit sick with a cold, so we decided to pay for another night at Pimnapa Guest House, and made some short, local excursions on the bike. Our travels took us on a loop around the villages surrounding the Mae Chaem area, where we explored several interesting wats, and drove on some perilous terrain.
The first Wat we visited was Wat Ban Thap.
After that we found a rough road leading up to a hilltop wat, which unfortunately we never learned the name of. The main building (Viharn) was brand new, and the rest of the area was still under construction. It was completely desolate apart from us, and had a stunning view.
Another wat that we didn’t manage to get the name of looked completely deserted as well. It was a ramshackle assortment of buildings that were showing serious signs of neglect. When we were strolling through a courtyard a very skinny monk slipped out of a door, looked at us, and scurried off. There were no other signs of life.
The last wat we visited Wat Kong Kan, where we found monks watching TV, and fabulously decorated doorways.
As we drove around Mae Chaem, the roads were mostly deserted apart from onion farmers shifting the recent harvests. We passed lovely little houses and stalls, as well as several farms for shallots and rice. Chickens ran about, clucking, crowing, and tending to their chicks, and stray dogs lazed in shady spots, occasionally barking at a passing cyclist. Cats, as with most of the other parts of Thailand we’d been to, were hardly seen at all. And who could blame them? Dogs ruled the roads here.
At the Pimnapa Guest House I decided to have a cold shower, but in a rare case of double-reverse irony, there was no cold water. The shower was hooked into a terrifying LPG gas heater that actually displayed the blue flames through a little plastic window. At its lowest possible setting it was almost 45 celsius. In despair I poured cups of water over my head, then finally resorted to using the bidet.
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