Historic Sukhothai

This tour’s visit to Sukhothai was improved by staying very close to the site.  Before relaxing with a free afternoon, we spent our morning at Sukhothai Historical Park.  We chose bicycles for getting around, augmented by a couple of Tuk-Tuks for those declining the pedal.  I loved the freedom the bikes gave us and we visited more temples than last time.   particularly liked Wat Sri Sawai with its Khmer-style corncob spires.  We concluded our visit to Sukhothai at Wat Si Chum and the huge seated Buddha fairly bursting out of his mondop.  The Buddha’s hand is entirely golden, having been an object of Thai veneration for generations (they believe rubbing some gold leaf onto a Buddha with bring good luck and/or illumination in time of need.  The shiny gold and beautifully tapered fingers are a favorite photographic subject.  The hardy and committed had gotten up early for photographing.  I love the excitement of running from vantage point to vantage point, looking for the best angle before the “golden hour“ passes and the light gets too direct.   An informal photo club of between 4 and 6 has emerged - always ready to get up early or return again late when worthwhile sights are accessible.   The pre-dawn photo foray made for a great start to Sukhothai. The Legenda resort is a lovely compound of smart bungalows surrounding a lagoon.  Fountains spray, strands of lights twinkle in the evenings, and picturesque bridges connect the several bungalow areas.  A pool and adjacent bar complete the perfect venue for some R&R.  As a bonus, an outlying temple, Wat Si Chom, is essentially in our backyard.  In the evening the hotel hosted a classic Thai dance performance.  It was visually pleasing, elegant, and short:  a perfect introduction for westerners.  I loved the Thai desserts on offer that night and a couple made it on to the breakfast buffet:  coconut pancakes (kanom krok) and coconut/rice “golf balls” (kanom babin).  Ae tells me Thais eat sweets any time of day, including breakfast.