Wat Phutthabat Si Roi 2 Waterfalls with Nanny

Discussion in 'Touring Northern Thailand - Trip Reports Forum' started by Ally, Jun 4, 2009.

  1. Last week I went back to San Kamphaeng with Pe'Took and investigated the Cave Temple near to the hot springs where I visited the car park on my previous ride and didn't go up the steps.

    Well worth the climb & despite the exhaustion & heat, once inside, the air temperature drops like any cave, nice and chilly & a little damp.

    Inside there are some Buddha images and lots of stalag tites & mites and to get down into the bowels of the cave, there are concrete steps with rusting iron hand rails.


    On exiting the cave, we met up with a girl holding a nice camera. In the car park, she got on a Kawasaki KSR and at the local shop where we both stopped for water, we got chatting. Her name is Nanny

    Today, I met up with Nanny for a ride to Mae Rim with the intention of finding Wat Phutthabat Si Roi. This temple is near to where I rode on 22 April, through the mountain from Mork Fa and at that time, I didn't realise this temple existed. (If I had checked the GTR map, I would have known!)

    Ally - DTracker
    Nanny - Honda ?? Answers on a postcard please.
    Distance 150 kms

    We took the 107 out of town and after Mae Rim, we turned left onto the 3009 & up to Wat Phrakat Tham, where we turned left.


    We followed this road and overshot our intended turning and found ourselves at Wat Nong Kai at which point I realised my mistake.


    So we returned and took the turning up the mountain, fully signposted all the way with a yellow footprint on a green sign - How could I miss that !

    Our next stop was Tard Luang Waterfall. A little bit of off road but well worth the ride. At the top of the track it gets narrow but just enough space to 6 point turn a bike.


    Next stop was Sai Mok Waterfall. This time the light was brighter and the waterfall was more active.

    So on up the mountain. This road is a great ride, all concrete, apart from the sand, the cow & deer shit and the hairpins all have mirrors.

    On past my exit from Mork Fa 7 weeks ago, we travel just another few kms and arrive at small village, a very large car park and 2 temples with just one food vendor available for lunch.


    In the larger of the 2, the ceremony of making merit by adding gold to balls which will shortly be entombed is under way and Nanny & I made our offerings. The detail in this temple is amazing, startling and overwhelming. It is too much for one visit to appreciate.


    Across the car park, to the older temple which houses the big foot print (that's a print of a Buddha's foot not Sasquatch) and in an adjoining building there is an enormous collection of various size Buddha images.


    So it was all down hill from here, the sky was clouding up and as we descended, the road was wet and steaming from a recent shower but we seemed to be lucky, following the storm down into Chiang Mai, rather than being part of it.


    A very pleasant ride and wonderful to have interesting and photographically challenging company ! -

  2. Nice one Ally, and great shots as usual.

    Is that Dave Unk's old bike???
  3. Mate, you mean Nannys bike?
    i had a look on her own web page what Ally provided and there she mention that bike is his father's old bike,, but where the father got it,,,,,who knows...
  4. I will ask Nanny for her dad's story about the bike and let you know.

  5. Sounds like a great trip – and love those small classic singles (the Honda). Also what brand/kind of camera does Nanny use, it’s has great color. In the market for a more proper camera, not a point and shoot type.

    Oh, and the cave's is on our list now - thank you.

  6. Kevin - Nanny has a Nikon and fully appreciates which buttons to push. Like many folks on the net, she also knows her image processing stuff too.

    No sour grapes from me, I get all worried when sat at my computer tweaking the colours but I guess I am just too old school :shock:

    I said it ! :shock: :lol:

    But I guess after a few more lessons in photoshop I might get the hang of levels, masks and dodging!

  7. Well Colin to tell you the truth, it's a wet 35 most days and then it rains !

    Hope all is well there in the UK.

  8. A couple of photos to show the beauty of the Buddha Footprint temple Wat Phraphutthabat Si Roi.





    and the way there


    Trip on 1 Nov 2011. Thanks to Ron Webb & John Gooding for the company & ride.
  9. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon, thanks David and John. Also, the views along the way were grand. A couple more pictures


  10. A quick late arvo trip out to Wat Phutthabat Si Roi
    The Buddha Foot Print temple & it's been 7 years since I was last out there with Ron Webb.
    You have to say WOW!
    Business is booming - scores of new Buddhas + a smart big new coffee shop.

    The new entrance
    a massive work in progress


    Images everywhere to pray & make merit




    Buddhas by the score





    Buddha's footprint

    a place to make merit & get good luck

    the new coffee shop by the entrance - what a beauty.


    with an impressive array of teas


    all nicely served with a "3 minute timer"
    to get right strength brew

    Check it out some time.
    Its an amazing twisting steep ride though the mountains

    Its on the GTR MHS Loop map like this

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