The name of the city is Nakhon Si Thammarat. Believers from all over Asia gather here for the great Buddhist festival organized every year. The celebration bears the name Khuen Hae Pha That; it starts on the Full Moon night of February and lasts for a week. Next year it will begin on the 10th.
The venue: Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan, a 16 centuries old temple, built during the Srivijaya empire. One of Buddha’s teeth was brought here from Sri Lanka, and it’s been serving as a spiritual foundation ever since.
Don’t get overwhelmed, it is easy to reach. As you drive on Phattanakan Khu Kwang from Surat Thani, turn right on Soi Si Thamassok 1, go further to the traffic light and turn right on Ratcha Damnoen.
If you get lost, ask a passerby: Ko thod krap… Khun saap mai krap? Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan diu tinai krap?
Good. No joke now when I say the temple is fabulous. I went to visit it four times in three days. Even though it was not on my way, I would detour to pass by it. Every time it was different. Different light, different mood, different wishes released towards hundreds of Buddha images. Even if you have nothing in common with Buddhism, a mystic thrill makes your heart sing in front of all this beauty.
See you on February 10, 2011?