Sa wat dii kha! (Hello! in Thai for those of you that dont speak the language)
I thought id help Phil out today as we are a little behind in the blog writing, so here we go.
Yesterday we got up at 8.30, although i went back to sleep until Phil got out of the shower. Our aim was to leave at 9.30 but i had to wait around for the landlady (whilst Phil watched Pollyworld on the disney channel) to pay her for another nights stay at the hotel.
We left about 9.45 and headed for the TAT office (Tourism Authority of Thailand) so we could find out how to get to the bus station, which was to far to walk, where we were getting a bus to Sukhothai. We got to the office and found out the quickest way was to get the public bus, which we hadnt done before after chickening out in Bangkok. We got to the sattion and paid 45 baht for an hour and a half air conditioned journey to Sukhothai.
The bus dropped us off in Sukhothais old town next to the historical park that holds practically all the temples in the town, and recommended by the lonely planet once again, rented two bikes for 20 baht each ( about 33p) for the whole day. We went into the park and had some food whilst speaking to a couple from Holland who were nice and then went and bought our 150 baht ticket that gave us entry to all the sights inside and outside the park.
We had a really nice day looking around the park and it was nice to be on bikes again, a change from walking everywhere. We were able to see alot more and went for a ride outside the park to the smaller Wats, which weren't as impressive but the views were amazing and apart from the occasional car and motorbike, we had the whole road to ourselves. When we got back to the park we rushed to the museum as it was 3.50 and closed at 4.00, and after convincing the security guard we would be out by four were able to go and see inside. It was a shame we didnt have longer as i thought it was the best museum we have come across so far and there was alot to read.
We then headed back to the market we had seen earlier where i bought myself a buddha (manacin not a real one) and then decided to head back to the bike place so we didnt miss the last bus back to Phitsanlok. After waiting another 30 minutes and Phil being attacked once again by the Thai animals, this time two birds, we decided the bus wasnt coming and decided we would take one of the park buses for 20 baht back to the Sukhothai bus station where we could pick a bus up from there. Sods law, just as we get on to the back of the bus and it pulls away our bus comes round the corner to which we jumped off the back and ran to catch the one we needed.
We had a nice talk on the way back to Phitsanlok, and had both had a really good day. Back in Phitsanlok we thought we could attempt the long walk back to our hotel but after we both nearly got attacked by a stray dog on the sidewalk, we thought it would be safer to get a taxi tuk tuk, yet another means of transport for 60 baht.
Once back we chilled for a bit in our room before being the really exciting people that we are and going back to the same place we had been the night before to have dinner (but it was really nice). We sat in 'It Is A Cake' (the name of the restaurant) until it closed and then headed back to the hotel.