Phra Moon Magic

In our quest to escape the rain in southern Thailand, we decided to head north. And that was harder then it sounds… We were in a hard to reach part of the country, the fastest way to a sunny sky meant many hours of travel. One of the nicest avenues of Asian travel is the “Night Train.” These trains are equipped with beds and curtains, it’s like a traveling hostel and are particularly good for destinations over 8 hours away.

My friend, just recovering from Thai tummy, thought maybe the night train would make them uncomfortable, so we had to look for another option. This added a couple days and destinations to our journey, but we saw parts of Thailand that not many travelers do.

To get to the train, we had to take a two and a half hour bus to Surat Thani where we spent the night on the ‘other side of the tracks.’ We wanted a cheap hotel, walking distance from the train station which meant we had to lower our standards for an evening. Although, the pictures online didn’t make it look half as bad as it was.

Our room was tiny, the window didn’t lock, and the bathroom was smelly and the ceiling was covered with what looked like black spore mold. Luckily we had an AC unit that helped to mask the smell. Needless to say, we didn’t spend much time in our hotel room.

In this tiny city, outside of Surat Thani, the streets were lined with food vendors. We spent hours walking around, admiring all the different types of food. Being that we love mushrooms, we ended up drinking mushroom soup served in a plastic bag, with a side of sweet bread that is oh so delicious and filling. We headed to a restaurant with wifi afterwards to have a drink and book our room for the following evening.
nakompathomAll the rooms in this area we asking quite a bit of money, I found one of the cheapest but it was a bit out of town. I thought,  “No problem, We’ll just take a taxi from the station.”
We arrived in Nakom Pathom after nightfall. From the station, the first thing you’ll notice is the Phra Pathommachedi standing tall, casting reverence over the city. Lit up in the night, we were drawn to it like moths to a flame.
The closer we got to the stupa, the more and more birds were sitting in the trees signing. The birds were so loud that we couldn’t even hear the motorbikes passing by. To me, this was very special. At this time, I had been in Thailand for over 20 days and this was my first encounter with such a large amount of birds in this country.

It felt very powerful and special.

After giving our respect, we began our search for a taxi, we walked all over the city, hoping that one would pass by. The only taxis that we saw were motorbike taxis, and with our luggage this was not an option. We decided to walk back to the station and ask if anyone knew where we could find a taxi. The answer to that question was no, there are no car taxis in Nakom Pathom….

“Uh-Oh,” we thought, “I guess that means we’re walking…”

It was just at that moment when a lady came over to me and asked in English, “Excuse me, where are you going?” It seemed she wanted to help. Immediately I could tell she was a kind person, she walked over to us with her family. They were waiting for the night train, her mother and sister(?) were headed back home to Ko Samui via the train to Surat Thani.

“Hmm an interesting coincidence I thought…” 

“We’ll help you,” she said, “I’ll drive you to your hotel after the train picks up my mother.”

“No, no” I said, “You’re too kind. We’ll walk. You don’t have to do that.”

She insisted, “It’s your first time in Thailand. We want to help you. It’s not too far from my house, it’s no big deal.”

So we put our fate in the hands of a stranger, they exuberated kindness. I know not to trust most people, but these ladies were good hearted, it was clear to see.

Still, I felt I couldn’t take the ride. It was too kind, who were we to deserve this? I wanted to call the hotel to see if maybe they would send a car for us.

The hotel owner didn’t speak English, again our new friends helped us with this too.
The answer was no, there is no taxi available to pick us up or drop us off at the station tomorrow.

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We shared laughs and good times as we waited for the train. We enjoyed hearing about their life and they enjoyed hearing about our travels through Thailand. Before her mother left we gathered together for this picture and to say goodbye.

 

“How are you getting to the train station tomorrow?” We were asked.
“I guess we will walk.” Having to walk to the station in the morning didn’t phase us, we tend to walk quite a bit.

“No, No. I will pick you up and bring you to the station.”

I tried to resist, “You don’t have to do that! We can walk. You’re too kind!”

“No, No, this is your first time in Thailand. We want to help.”

Beginning to accept her offer I said, “Ok…but can we give you some money?”

“No, I want to help you. This is all for free.”

I bit my lip and accepted this incredible chance of fate…

The next morning they arrived, just like they said they would (8:00 am!!).
and she had prepared breakfast for each us!
Again, I couldn’t believe it!!

She brought us to the station, we said our goodbyes, and we expressed our immense gratitude.

Days later, my heart is still heavy with gratitude and respect for this girl and her loving family;To go so far out of her way to help us, 2 complete strangers and to treat us so well. I feels so unreal.

{May good tidings be brought their way, I send to them my love.

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The locals I have met in Thailand have been so kind and caring.
We will be leaving Thailand in just a few days, and I am sad to leave.
It’s a really beautiful country.

Our last few days will be spent in Bangkok.

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