Posted by Heliocentrism on February 14, 2010
February 6, 2010
The Return to a Hell
A few years ago I went to Fengdu and visited the Taoist Hell there. I was hoping that this Buddhist hell would be similar, but it wasn’t. This hell was smaller. But it was easier to find and not as remote. I still had a great time.
It was very hot in Hell as with anywhere in Thailand. After Hell, we decided to head to the beach in hopes of finding a restaurant with air conditioning. Luckily for us, there was a hotel pretty near the gate of the temple and it did in fact have air conditioning.
The Chocolate Water
After lunch we walked to the beach. I didn’t really want to go swimming at first. The water was pretty brown and not calm at all. Plus, it was very shallow. It just wasn’t a good beach for swimming. But it was a really hot day and brown, choppy, shallow water is better than nothing, so Mark and I jumped in.
Walking Along the Beach and See What’s there to eat
After Mark and I had had enough of swimming in brown water we went for a walk down the market street along the beach. There were so many vendors non-aggressively peddling their wares.
Mark and John spotted some horseshoe crabs for sale. The vendor would grill them up for whomever would buy them. John and Mark dared each other to try some horseshoe crab. Mark was about to take up the dare when the vendor flipped a crab over. The underside is not very appetizing. Mark past.
By the way… If you’re ever in the mood to eat horseshoe crab, remember one thing. Never eat a female horseshoe crab from Thailand. If she is pregnant and you eat one of the eggs inside her, you could die. Horseshoe crab eggs, from Thailand, are poisonous to humans.
We didn’t know how to get back to Bangkok, so we found a very fancy hotel and asked for directions. They gave us a not-to-scale map of the town and told us where to go. We could have taken a songtow to the town’s main road, but we felt like walking to see more of the town.
Once near the Chinatown area we found a bus that said “Bangkok” and got on. We were in Bangkok 1.5 hours and several near accidents later.
Not dying = Win!
(Ratcha Anachak Thai)
How to get there:
- You can enter by plane, boat, bus, or train.
- Most citizens from many countries do not need to get a visa before going to Thailand. But, you will need a visa to stay longer than 1 month or if you been to Thailand for at least 3 months already in the past 12 months.
- People of most nationalities will get a 30-day visa at the port of entry.
- To be completely sure, check with the Thai embassy in your country.
- Useful Phone Numbers when in Thailand
- Tourism Authority 662-250-5500
- Emergency Number – 999
- Do not say anything negative about the king or anyone in the Royal family. And definitely do not write anything bad about the king or royal family. This offence could land you in jail. You don’t want to go to Thai jail.
- Don’t use the city ferries in Bangkok during the peak hours. They fill those things past capacity and sometimes they sink. Use them during non-peak hours when they are not crowded.
Bang Saen Beach
How to get there:
- 13°17’36.8″N 100°54’24.4″E
- Go to Eastern Bus Terminal,alsoknownasEkamai Bus Terminal.
- You can find it near the Ekamai BST station (E7).
- Go out exit 2 and make a u-turn.
- You’ll see the bus station once you pass the 7-11.
- The bus ride is takes 1:30 hours and costs 77THB.
- Bang Saen Beach is not the last stop.
- Make sure to ask the driver or the ticket lady/man to tell you when your stop is.
- There is no bus terminal in Bang Saen. It’s just a bus stop.
- To get back to Bangkok you need to go near the Chinatown looking area in this picture.
- The buses heading to Bangkok stop about a block away from this gate.
- The buses coming from Bangkok stop across the street from this gate.
- To get back to Bangkok just look out for a bus with “Bangkok” written on the side, then hop on.
- There are many buses that pass by, so if one looks too full, just get the next one.
- You might not want to wait for the next one too late in the day though.
- I think that all buses stop running through this town around 8:00pm.
Wat Saen Suk
(Buddhist Hell Temple)
- Once off the bus to Bang Saen Beach, get a songtow or motorbike taxi to Wat Saen Suk.
- Negotiate a price before getting on the motorbike taxi.
- Songtows tend to have set prices.
Bang Saen Sai 2 Soi 19
Saen Suk, Mueang Chon Buri, Chon Buri 20130, Thailand
Admission is free.
- Make sure to bring lots water.
- There is a restaurant near by, but no where to just buy water.
- 13°17’36.8″N 100°54’24.4″E
- From Wat Saen Suk you can walk to the beach.
- Head out the gate then walk straight to the main road.
- Cross the street then head left.
- Continue until you can turn right.
- Go straight and you will hit the beach.
- If you need a place to change you can pay 5THB and change at the public bathroom.
- You can also shower there, but I don’t recommend it.
- If you do, bring your own soap and towel. But really, unless you’re very dirty, you might want to skip this.
- The water in the shower is slightly less brown than the water at the beach.
- The beach at Bang Saen is far from a great beach. In fact if it weren’t so hot, I would have never even put my little toe into the water. But the heat melted away all my beach snobbery.