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Published: February 12th 2017
We wake to a breezy slightly cloudy morning, breakfasting on local fresh Pineapple that's delicious. After yesterday's beach day we decide to drive down motorway 4 to Prachuap Khiri Khan, which is described as a quaint small fishing village. The road is busy and further complicated by lane closures and repairs, plus the obligatory car crash delay. So 1 hour 20 minutes later we arrive at our destination. Which now is a medium sized commercial Town. Somehow in trying to get to the coast Leo manages to get us stuck in the middle of the local market so a crawler pace and several near misses before we escape and reach the coast road. Our first impression is that there is a Tsunami occurring - the Sea appears to be higher than the land and waves are crashing over the Sea Wall and pounding onto dry land. We beat a hasty retreat back inland to the main road where we park by the Municipal buildings we check out the imposing Temple on a Hill that dominates the Town, so remembering to take our Passports just in case it's a real Tsunami we head for the hill. It would be great impossible to
visit this town without climbing the 396 to the very top of Thammikaram Worawihan Temple, or Monkey Temple, which is easier to pronounce and earning it's name due to the hundreds of Capuchin Monkeys swarming round everywhere, and we do mean, everywhere. Previously when we have encountered this breed of Monkey we have carried a stick to ward off their aggressive behaviour and tendency to steal anything they can grab. On this occasion none are around but luckily a local dog decided to accompany us, so apart from the tiredness in climbing brought on by the intense temperatures, the monkeys keep their distance and we reach the Temple without incident . At the top whilst Paula recovers in the cooling breezes and just enjoyed the stunning views Leo decides to enter one of the few Temples shrines not closed or barred. Big mistake! As soon as he enters, a nursing mother looks worries and protective and what appears to be an alpha male comes charging at him. Shouting at the beast, it backs away only to charge a second time. Luckily Leo had the ipad bag which he swings at its head which is enough to deter further attack. Leo
makes a strategic withdrawal honours even. Oblivious to all this drama taking place inside the temple, Paula is recovering from the climb and cooling down, standing on the north side of the viewing area, where the breeze is like a balm. We don't linger, taking a few snaps on the way down we retrace our steps, buy a bottle opener from the smelly market which is sprawled out at the bottom of the steps, passing multi-goods stalls, but majority offering food of sorts, if you are crazy about fried cockroaches and assortments of insects, worms and bugs. It is now lunchtime, but somehow we have lost our appetites, and taking a scenic route, head back towards Pak Nam Pran. Perhaps very understandably we opt for Western fast food with KFC, unfortunately our much anticipated coffee turns out to be very sweet coffee flavoured icedslush, which is beyond our collective pallets. Chicken burgers consumed then a quick wiz around Tesco Lotus collection essentials, then home to catch the afternoon rays at the Bamboo Bar back in Pak Nam Pran. Heading home before the sun sets, to rise tomorrow morning and a brand new day begins.NB we have no intention of going
south on the route 4 again this trip or until they finish the repairs.
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