I had figured this would be a wandering around day. I went to the cultural centre but it was SHUT! After that I passed several temples but they are quite similar.
What surprised me was that the temples allowed souvenir sellers inside the grounds! I continued wandering to the northern edge of the old city and found my first big picture of the King.
I had seen one on an arch when I first entered the city but I wasn’t expecting huge things like these. They are everywhere and this is only a little one. In this picture he’s contemplating a map, although the map is cropped out.
Next to this is the Central shopping centre. It has a mix of Western shops and more traditional Thai hawkers. I bought a replacement Nalgene bottle at their rather good sports shop, then a Blizzard at Dairy Queen (75c! How could I not???) But the best thing is that this place has a gym! With weights! And entry was only $2!! So I did a workout. They have a picture of the King in the stretching room.
I continued to the supermarket, mainly because they had a large selection of baked goods on display, and then I found that they had dried fruit with sampling. Their dairy section was as good as any in NZ.
What hacked me off was that milk was about $1.75/litre. That may sound a bit expensive, but we’re in the world’s largest dairy exporter, and they’re in . . . Thailand! But they don’t have cheese. At all (unless you count processed).
After this I set forth to the night market. On the way I passed this:
At the night market I had dinner
Quite good for a dollar.
The Saturday market is called the ‘walking street’.
They have a lot of places selling American-style printed t-shirts, but there is one little place off to the side that sells vintage stuff picked out of the clothing bales, including old sneakers. The best thing I saw was a Netscape t-shirt. The other places sell traditional handicrafts, soap, fruit, lanterns, other clothes, prints, and ‘monster’ style soft toys (like you would find at felt.co.nz) However one man was making a million by selling Thai soft toys. After all I have not travelled all this way to buy American crap.
So now this protection deity is guarding my bag. The other seller of note was this one