03.01.2003 - 04.01.2003 35 °C
I've already lost track of what day it is, I've been convinced today was Friday, oh well at least I can watch the FA cup final tonight (at 23:15 here!)
So yesterday was Friday and time to leave the old capital Ayyutaya amd head further north to the even older capital Sukhotahi. Whilst waiting for the 09:30 bus (which didn't arrive until 10:30) I met Will and Jasper, two 18 year olds who have just finished at boarding school, so you can guess they are quite posh. Then on the bus I luckily got sat next to the only other English speaker on there, Mark from New Zealand. One of the few things I've not been looking forward to are the long coach journeys but the conversation helped the six hours fly by. Along the way where a couple of stops to grab some food at the equivalent of a service station, more a market stall at the side of the road but the food was 100 times better than little chef.
After the noise of the hostel in Bangkok and the sauna of a fan room in Ayyuthaya I decided to splash out a little. The wooden bungalow at J&J guest house feels incredibly luxurious for the 500b (10 pound) a night it costs: air con, beautiful bathroom, massive bed and a lovely belgian owner. I thoroughly recommened anyone who ever finds themeselves in Sukothai to check this place out.
Over dinner at the guesthouse I got talking to my new Japanese friends, Kohei, 24, and his brother Yohei, 27. After a drink it was agreed we would spend teh day exploring Sukhothai together on Saturday. Before bed there was still time to meet my neighbours Emmanuel from Spain and Fanny from France. Sat on their verandour, translating between 3 languages we watched as a spectaluar storm rolled in and the lightning crashed down all around bringing with it a lovely cool breeze.
Today, Saturday, has been another great day of viewing spectacular ruins. I've seen enough Wats and Budha's in the last few days to last a lifetime, but when they are in such beautiful settings as this it's absolutely no chore at all. Was joined for the day by Kohei and Yohei, luckily they both speak preety good English, and once agin hired bikes to get around the large Histotorical Park andslightly further afield. I am glad to report that the temperature has dropped a touch up here, but we learnt it's still very easy to get a touch of sun burn (ouch, these tan lines are going to look rediculous when I get to a beach and take my t-shirt/vest off. Today I have also expereinced a new type of tuk tuk, in Sukothai they are called Sawngthaew, basically a moped with a cart strapped on the front with two benches on each side where you sit, so nothing between you and the road. The one we commisioned toget us to the historic parklooked like it and it's driver had been in service for at least 50 years.
Heading out soon to meet Mark and get some food before watching the game. Tomorrow I'm on the move again to Chiang Mai, the further north I get the more amazing Thailand is becoming, the people are so much friendlier, you don't feel like everyone is trying to rip you off like in Bangkok, and the scenery is just getting more and more stunning so here is hoping for more in Chiang Mai.