Thailand: ruins in Sukhothai, Lopburi and Ayutthaya, and monkeys!

Sukhothai is a small town but back a few centuries ago, it was where modern Thailand began. It was the first political capital of the Siamese kingdom. The ruins are very beautiful and we were lucky enough to visit them almost alone.

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December 24 for us: Lao beers, Hi chews, bananas, Disney movies and cool gifts!

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Huge catfish trying to get some food with full open mouth.

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Close up on the beauties

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Silvere said that stupa looked phalic. I think it looks like a mooncup (and you do too now!).

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My own meditating monk.

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Ayuttaya is not a stop we were willing to make at first. We wanted to go to Lopburi, but it turned out there was no direct bus from Sukhothai to Lopburi, even if it’s closer than Ayuttaya. So we thought as long as we had to be there, we might as well visit. I’m glad we did as the temples are very different from the ones in Sukhothai, and also, that’s where I spotted my first ever wild water monitor!

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I was so excited that I scared him when I ran towards him 😦

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More of those mooncup looking stupas. I like that they look like a vagina, for once, and not like a dick.

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Lopburi is famous for being overrun by monkeys. Reading internet reviews, the monkeys were everywhere and were not shy at all. We arrived by night hopping they would give us some peace, and thought we were scammed as we could not spot one. Ahah. We found a small streetfood market where we were mind blown again by the creativity of the stall owners, had a wonderful dinner there and went back to the hotel. There we looked up, and so at least 10 monkeys playing on the electric cables! So they were really there! The next morning, they woke me up. They kept jumping and playing loudly right in front of our room’s windows. I couldn’t help laughing every time I’d see one, and it got worst when my giggling woke up Silvere who asked me to stop so I would not attract them in (they could easily open the mosquito screen used as a window). I spent at least an hour smiling while looking at their morning activity in front of me. When the temperature rose, they stopped. We visited the closest temple and took advantage of it being empty to do some yoga and acroyoga together. It’s so much better than in a tiny hotel room! When we got closer to the temple reknowned for the monkeys, we understood how many of them are in Lopburi… It was so much fun to walk around them and play spot the monkeys on the buildings! At some point a monkey jumped on Silvere’s back, and later another one showed him his beautiful teeth with a rather frightening noise. Once again, those things make me laugh so hard. I loved it!

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The desserts from the market, fruit salad with almond yogurt, egg cakes and coconut milk stuff!

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Silvere looking alright, but really he was not ok turning his back to the monkeys that he saw as potential rabies bearers, especially after “the attack”.

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The shrine was the only place from which I could really safely approach the monkeys, which means that I was in a cage and they were evolving in freedom.

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At first we heard noise and wondered if we should be concerned that monkeys may have gotten inside the shrine. But it was just little bats!

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Sleeping monkeys

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Monkeys outside, humans in cage.

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One happy monkey.

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One very happy human!

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