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December 03, 2003

Sukhothai Sillyness

Today was a great day as well as the one that almost broke my back.

Ant and I left Mel's place early this morning around 7 or 7:30 AM figuring we should get to Sukhothai early. We read through our guidebook (Rough Guide is terrible) and it describes the North Bus Terminal as a "5 minute walk".


Well, it neglects to mention that it's directly behind the weekend market so we wandered around looking for it for 2 hours. Grrr... I nearly lost it and started screaming because I was so tired from being up late and getting up early. I felt like my pack weighed 50 pounds even though I left a bunch of stuff at Mel's in Bangkok. But then Ant grabbed us a cab and got us to the station really quickly. We bought out tickets, and were shortly on a comfy AC bus north. About 7 hours later we rolled into one KICK ASS town.

New Sukhothai is about 3 km from the bus terminal and we were able to bargain the rickshaw driver (a woman) down to the acceptable 20 baht, which the guesthouse mentioned. We arrived at No. 4 Guesthouse and were really surprised how cool it was. We have our own little bungalow which is really cute, for $4.60 a night (that's for both of us). We were greeted with a cut up watermelon and many smiles. It was exactly what I needed. We ordered up some TASTY food and a beer and relaxed on the couch/bed outside our bungalow.

Ant wanted to wander the Night Market so that's where we are now. And I am so glad we did. We sampled a bunch of different snacks. I had some chewy squid on a stick and we both had some chicken/fish balls. I also discovered a new flavor of Mirinda, LYCHEE!!!! MMMMmmm..... Oh, and we also sampled some dragon fruit. It looks like fruit designed for Japanese people obsessed with Hello Kitty. We saw some German people buying some durian fruit and I hoped to watch them eat it, but no such luck.

Tomorrow we rent a motorbike and head for Old Sukhothai. This should be an adventure.....

Posted by Claudia on December 3, 2003 09:39 AM
Category: Thailand

Your food adventures sound delightful, maybe not the squid!
Don't complain ever again about my cuisine. It seems downright tame. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: mom on December 3, 2003 01:14 PM

Lychee . . . .yum. Favorite way to end a thai meal.

Oh and tell Ant, I have a Jim Thompson silk shirt from when my in-laws were in thailand. gorgeous fabric, but unfortunately pink. as Carl lovingly tells me, I look like Piglet in pink. . . just left for goodwill last week!


Posted by: Liz on December 4, 2003 09:20 AM

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