Bo Sang and Lamphun
12.02.2010 - 12.02.2010
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Up early for an exciting day! A bunk mate from China and I rented a couple of motorbikes today to go check the scene in a couple of outer cities. The traffic here in the city is really crazy, especially going around the mote and going to the outside of the mote; it's like a race track mainly for tuk tuks and motorbikes. The race course was a challenge in itself, but for me the real challenge was driving on the wrong side of the road (British style). I don't know how it came to this here in Thailand, but man is it hard to stop from turning right into a car. Left turns were ok, but right turns were really stressful.
We managed to get out of the city in one piece, then another kind of lunacy began - driving a motorbike on a superhighway! There are these little motorbike lanes, kind of like what we have in Chicago for bicyclists. So your cruisin down the highway with cars, trucks and other motorbikes whizzing by you crazy fast.
Bo Sang has a "main street" that runs directly through town, and on each side of the road are nothing but handicraft/souvenir shops; so if you want to spend money and consume, this is the place for you. Bo Sang is especially known for it's umbrella making and hand made paper. At the other side of town there was a wat, can't remember the name, but they had a pagoda next to it which was a gift from the Japanese; it was called the Chiang Mai World Peace Pagoda.
We found a really nice little cafe where I tried this green tea latte concoction, which was pretty good.
We hit the highway again and journeyed off to Lamphun. By the time we got there, it was pretty late. We stopped and had some noodle soup, and was over charged with a smile. We then were able to find a temple that I wanted to see before heading back to CM. It's called Wat Ku kut and also has a chedi called Ratana Ghedi.
When we left Lamphun, we unintentionally took a different route, which must have been an older one. It went through a lot of little towns, and then as we came around a curve this incredible scene arose in front of us, transforming into this beautiful tree lined highway. The trees were old and the tops were so high it made you dizzy just looking up. The whole drive back was like this. It must have been an old logging route or something?