Day 17 : 7th October 2019
Happy Dussehra to all. We started late and took good rest and felt fresh in the morning. The host (escort team) had organized breakfast and that was brilliant. Rice mixed with banana or sweet potato covered in banana leaf and cooked was our breakfast. It tasted great and they also got us bread sandwiches and fruits. Health food to start with. One thing I noticed was the food was bought from 7Eleven. Used to think the restaurant business is going to kill the home-cooked food but it didn’t but the food aggregator business is going to kill home-cooked food for sure.
Sad but that’s the reality. From now onwards, the plan is to see places and travel less. We headed towards a white temple in Chiang Rai and it’s called Wat Rong Khun. The original temple was in a bad condition and one local architect decided to rebuild the temple and what you see is done by him using his own money. A beautiful temple which is white in color and glasses affixed to it in an artistic manner everywhere. Don’t know the entire concept but it has something to do with life suffering and salvation. Apart from the white structures, you get to see some golden ones also and a good guide would have been very useful.
The entry of 100 Thai baht for foreigners. If you are in Chiang Rai, please don’t miss this temple or next ride was to Singha (beer maker) park called Singh park. They used to grow barley for their beers here but now stopped growing barley and it has become a tea field. Believe it has something to do with Global warming. A beautiful place where you can spend your time under tree shade and relax after a long ride or drive. As per the host, people flock into this place during winter and can guess the reason. Thailand is hot and humid (as per Naren, this is better than the normal ) and our next stop was “Hot water spring”. Saw one small and one large hot water fountain and it was really hot.
Touched the flowing water (after 30 meters) and the human body cannot tolerate the heat. People bring eggs and get the same boiled by putting it into the water. Depending upon the temperature of the spring, the eggs get boiled and normal time is less than a minute. Don’t know the source of the heat and Google didn’t give me a clear picture. Hope and pray it’s not because of some lava flowing underneath. As mentioned earlier, we traveled some more distance and reached a place called Sam Khampheang which is deep into the forest. Saw signboards about waterfalls and hot water spring and our destination for the day end were Sam Khampheang hot water spring resort.
We stayed in a government resort and it has the best hot water springs (2 tall fountains next to each other) and they have made arrangements for bathing and relaxing. They have regular rooms and camping/tents and we went for the regular rooms. It has a Jacuzzi and the water comes from the fountain directly. Rich mineral bath in hot or cold can be taken and that’s so refreshing. Every bike had some minor or major issues (including my break pipe which had seen a temporary repair) and we went to a mechanic shop for checking and resolving the issues. The guys at the mechanic shop were too professionals and started working on the bikes.
Our host acted as a translator (he is a biker as well) and ensures a nested job is done. They removed my brake pipe and made a new one (which is used for BMW bikes and looked better than the original Enfield one) and the breaks became 100% usable now. I am so happy and we left the place after thanking the team for a good job and taking group pictures. Back to the room and Khun Tom and Khun Darun (our host) arranged for cold beverages (with and without alcohol) and a barbeque setup.
We all interacted with each other and spent the rest of the night eating barbecued vegetables/mushrooms and spent the late evening sitting next to the fountains. I had been to this place with Sonal in the past but spending the night sitting next to the hot springs is an experience. I called it a day at 10 pm and others spent some more time near the spring.
Don’t need to get up early and don’t have the option to post my blog (no Wi-Fi) and I kept the alarm for 7:30 am and slept peacefully.