TLRH Training Day

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Now well into the preparations for the Singapore to the Myanmar/Thai border with continuous training over the next 3 months until the start in September.

I’m getting a last training ride here in the Hua Hin area before throwing the saddle bags on the bike to ride North for 2 weeks soon.

This morning I headed towards the Hua Hin hinterland amongst the pineapple fields. Plenty of trucks laden with the juicy sweet product passed by knowing that too much speed on the sharp bends would result in their top heavy load heading for the roadside and not the Hua Hin markets close by.

A quick stop over at the Temple of the famous monk Luang Phor Thuad before heading back along pineapple alley.

A description of Wat Huay Mongol by trip advisor for tourists coming to the area; The Wat Huay Mongkol temple complex located some 15 kilometers west of Hua Hin is famous for its enormous statue of one of Thailand’s most famous monks, named Luang Phor Thuad.

Giant Luang Phor Thuad statue is about 12 meters tall and 10 meters wide and is set on a large mound overlooking the temple grounds.

The image can be seen from far away reaching higher than the trees. You can climb up the wide stairways to the giant statue. The temple itself is a place very popular with Thai people from all over the country, who go there to pay respect to Luang Phor Thuad and to ask for things as favours, good luck, health, fortune and happiness.

On each side of the giant statue, there is a huge wooden elephant. Local people walk in circles under the belly of the elephants wishing for good luck. The complex also holds a Buddhist temple, a statue of King Taksin the Great on horseback and shops where Buddhist amulets can be bought.

The whole complex is set in a park like environment, very well suited for a couple of hours of relaxing. The area has a lake, waterfalls, streams, bridges, a number of pavilions and lots of shady places. Thai food can be bought in several restaurants. Apart from the very impressive Luang Phor Thuad statue, Wat Huay Mongkol is a very peaceful and serene place worth a visit. It is best visited on weekdays, as it can get very crowded on weekends and on Thai public holidays.

Luang Phor Thuad, whose name is sometimes spelled Luang Phor Thuat, lived some 400 years ago in Southern Thailand. He is now famous all over the country for the miracles that he performed. It was said that Luang Phor Thuad turned salt water into fresh, drinkable water on multiple occasions

A great number of miracles is attributed to the famous monk Luang Phor Thuad. Therefore, many Thai people believe that amulets created in the image of Luang Phor Thuad hold great protective powers, especially from natural disasters like tsunamis and flooding and from accidents. Especially old amulets are considered very powerful and priceless. Amulets can be bought in Wat Huay Mongkol at a number of shops.

I cannot help but being fascinated by the huge statue and the surrounding area when visiting here. It’s hard not to move on, but when you’re on the bike reality sets in that’s exactly what you’ve got to do in beating the dark clouds closing in from Myanmar ready to let loose with an almighty daily downpour.

Truck Sams On The Long Ride Home avoiding fallen pineapples on rainy days in Thailand