Another day, another fantastic Wat as they say. Haven’t heard that saying before? well maybe because I just made it up for our Thai adventure. We have moved on from Chiang Dao, further along the road towards Chiang Rai and find ourselves in Tha Ton. We indulged in another local bus ride, through mountains reminiscent of China’s Karst mountains, bountiful market gardens and lush jungle. My only moan about local buses is that they don’t stop for the odd tourist onboard to take photos. So you have to trust me when I say the scenery was pretty fab!
Tha ton (or Thaton as we have seen it written) is in the shadow of the fantastic Wat Tha Ton complex high up on a mountain overlooking the town. The road to the Wat is too step for normal buses so the way up is either on foot or in a Songthaew (red truck). Bet you can’t guess which one we took? Hint, we never leave home without our walking boots. Yup, we walked, yes it was steep but the road was good and there were lots of things to admire along the way.
The pinnacle of our climb is the magnificent Chedi Kaew or Crystal Pagoda, it is unlike any we have seen in Thailand before. It is a fairly new build and a totally unique colour scheme. We could hear the prayers in progress inside so we respectfully creep around until we realise it is a recording. And those who we thought were old monks were actually wax figures, very good wax figures that even had glasses on. Creepy, I’ll say!
Tomorrow we hit the road for our last stop before Chiang Rai, Mae Salong. James has found a mud house for us to stay in, the mind boggles!
Tips fo Tha Ton
The local buses stop right in town. Our bus fare from Chiang Dao was a mere 63Baht each, less than AUS $3. The journey time was just over 2 hours.
There is no charge to visit Wat Tha Ton.
We stayed at the Khun Mai Baan Suan Resort, a little find on Agoda this time. Just off the Main Street right beside the river. We had originally booked a garden view room but when we got here and saw the riverside bungalows we changed to one of those.
The food at the resort is good and along the main street there are some excellent little restaurants where we got lunch for less than AUS $2 each.