The incredible Spirit House Food tour is ending
But not before another amazing round of Thai temples and experiences. First port of call this morning was a visit to the Wat Yai Chai Mongkol and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.
It was finally time to leave Ayutthaya and head back to Bangkok. The return trip brought it’s own special flavour. Instead of jumping in the mini van to head back, we were treated to a fantastic long tail boat ride back down the river.
To be able to ride on such a boat for a reasonable period of time allowed us to really comprehend how the Thais rely on the river for just about all that they do. A lot of it would be completely foreign, and even unpalatable, from a Western point of view, but here we were in Thailand, and this is their life.
How wonderful to be able to see it at such a leisurely pace, so close to all the action. It was also very obvious how much their lives depend on Mother Nature being kind to them. With their houses built right on the river, and from less than robust materials, any great tidal or storm flow would see many of them be submerged in some way.
Along the way we waved to men, women and children who were living their lives in amongst the reeds, perched on the ends of piers washing their clothes, their teeth, their dishes and even their dogs in the same watercourse.
Our final major stop was at the Wat Niwet Thamprawat, an active Buddhist Temple complete with a resident Monk. This temple is unusual as it’s architecture has Gothic characteristics with it’s pale yellow and white exterior, window design and stained glass windows.
For the final part of the tour, we took a cable car from the temple side, across the river to the King’s Summer Palace. As sacrilegious as it might be, the group was tired and felt we had completed our fair share of temples and the like, so chose not to go into the Palace, preferring instead to do some shopping in the local markets, and partake in an ice cold drink.
We were back in Bangkok by about midday with our senses and of course taste buds full to overflowing due to an exceptional experience over the past four days. As a pure food tour , it ticked all the boxes. But, with the consistent care and attention to detail from our tour leaders, Acland and Dan, along with the style and pace of the four days, the additional activities and cultural aspects, the optionality and flexibility of everything we did, and value for money made it a spectacular event to be a part of.
beer and croissants chose to participate in the Spirit House food tour independently, and received no payment or sponsorship for writing this review.
Further information relating to The Spirit House Tag-along Food Tours can be found at http://www.spirithouse.com.au/foodtours.
We used Zoe Sparks at Spectacular Travel for all of our bookings relating to the food tour and our additional personal travel to Phi Phi Island. Zoe can be contacted at http://spectacularworldtravel.com.au
Similarly, beer and croissants received no payment or sponsorship from Spectacular Travel.