The start of the three month long Buddhist Lent was celebrated in Suphanburi with an elaborate parade with traditional cultural performances. The highlights were beautifully carved candles on floats that took part in the parade. All ten districts in Suphanburi submitted their own float with wax carvings that must have taken months to create. The parade was so long that it took more than two hours to pass the starting point in the city.
A popular destination for Bangkok people at the weekend is Cha-am Beach, which is about 200 kilometers to the south. It can get very crowded with thousands of people in the sea and no deckchairs available. However, as this is mainly a Thai resort, you will find you will have the place to yourself if you visit during the week. The seaside resort is popular with Scandinavians who have settled here in large numbers.
It’s becoming the trend in Thailand these days to build themed restaurants and malls. Santorini Park in Cha-am is a cross between a themed mall and an amusement park. Though there aren’t really that many shops of interest. Entrance is only 50 Baht and then you pay extra for each of the rides. The place is popular with Thais at the weekend who go to take selfies and upload to social media.
On the surface, it may seem like a cute idea to have monkeys roaming wild around a tourist attraction. But don’t be fooled. These animals can be quite vicious. They are also very sneaky. If you are not careful they will snatch plastic bags from your hand or even sunglasses off your head. They will steal anything in the search for food. It is not advisable to feed these monkeys and do try your best to keep your distance.
Every now and then I come across an unexpected scene while driving around Thailand which makes me want to stop and take pictures. This is such a place that I found while driving in Phetchaburi. I have seen spirit houses alongside a road before, sometimes to mark an accident blackspot or sometimes just abandoned. They usually start with one or two and then soon there are a dozen or so. But this long stretch of road had regularly spaced spirit houses that were obviously put there with a purpose. Maybe someone rich and famous died on this curve?