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A Golden Buddha and Silk Colours

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The day started hot, got even warmer and by mid afternoon the heat finally bubbled and boiled. One hour later a heavy downpour of rain hit the city. It was more welcome than a butter-fingered naked air hostess.

By then we were on our way home after a morning trip to Ban Na Kha silk market and an afternoon’s horse racing at Udon Thani’s Intergames Park. I also had a quick look around Wat Ban Na Kha Thevi (pictured above) which is next to the silk market.

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Wonderful Wi wanted to buy a woven cotton pa-tung (traditional Thai dress) and Ban Na Kha Silk Market was the ideal place to shop. There are thousands of woven silk and cotton garments at the market. All locally made.

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The market was quiet. Not too many people about. Thai holidays are the busiest times and when a tour bus pulls up there’s a bustle of activity too. I settled for a chair and a milkshake after a good look around. Wat Ban Na Kha Thevi was next.

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The temple with its Golden Buddha sat atop is an impressive sight. More so, side on. It’s not the biggest of temples, but charming for sure.

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Inside the temple there is a glass encased skeleton. Experts believe it dates back 5,000 or more years to the Ban Chiang archaeological era. One thing is for sure, they’d pulled on their last pair of socks.

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In my opinion horse racing at Intergames Park is a fantastic afternoon’s entertainment. The best Udon Thani holds in its hand, and once again Wilai and I had a fun day at the races. We lost 2,500 baht over six races, our choice of silk colours not once making the winner’s enclosure. Nonetheless, we still came away smiling.

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Wilai put on her best hat for our day at the races although baseball caps appeared to be the favourite headdress among the ladies present.

If you are visiting Udon Thani then Ban Na Kha silk market and temple are two good attractions to view. Horse racing at Intergames Park is a fun one to pencil in as well.

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