This morning we left our campsite and began our trip to Phitsanulok. It was a long bus trip however on the way we encountered some unexpected surprises. As we were driving down the road we encountered a colorful procession of a young man all dressed in white on a horse surrounded by happy people singing and dancing. We got out of the bus to join the procession. The young man was being taken to the temple to be ordained a monk.
We continued along our way and stopped to see a roadside stand selling cooked rats which the local people eat.
We continued our journey to the temple where the bats are protected and trees are ordained.
Then we went to the river that runs through the temple precincts to feed the fish that are also protected.
The final event was a boat ride on the Uthaithani river. This was on a large traditional wooden rice barge. We had lunch and were surprised that the rats that were purchased that morning were prepared so if we wanted we could taste that delicacy.
After we arrived in Phitsanulok we went to dinner and then to the night markets. Our guide took us to a vendor that sold all sorts of roasted bugs. For example roasted silk worm cocoons and even roasted tarantulas. She ordered a small platter of assorted bugs and invited us to taste a few. This was quite an unexpected experience! Asian cuisine is certainly creative.