No sooner had we put our bags in the room and we were off on our longtail boat ride around the lake. The boat ride cost 500 baht all up so it was quite good value to check out the scenery and local area.
The lake is now called Vajiralongkorn lake and has a hydroelectric dam at the southern end. The flooding of the lake took a toll on the local villagers here who had to move to higher ground in many places and the remains of some of the temples are still seen when the lake levels recede towards the end of the dry season.
The Sangkhlaburi district houses a number of natural, cultural and historical sites that are worth a visit. The Mon bridge or “Saphan Mon” is Thailand’s longest wooden bridge and the second longest in the world measuring over 400 meters long. Today the only thing still visible of the old village is Wat Samprasob temple, located on a hill. During most of the year, merely the upper section of the ordination hall and the top of the bell tower can be seen.
After our boat ride, we set off for dinner and then cruised around the local street market where Chanya wanted to buy some traditional clothes to wear for the next mornings blessing and the trip to the main temple which you will catch in the next video.
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