Today, we had a day trip to Ranong and its hot springs to sooth our sore muscles from Muay Thai.
Our first stop in Ranong was to see the recreation of the palace that used to sit high on a hill in Ranong. The city has very strong Chinese ties, which can be seen in the architecture of the palace. When completed, it will be a museum dedicated to the tin mining industry in the area and other local events. The statue in front of the palace represents the traditional way of mining tin.
The next stop was the Ranong Lighthouse. The lighthouse was build for the King’s 80th birthday in 2007. Behind it is the Andaman Sea, and beyond that is Burma (Myanmar). The scenery was spectacular.
Everywhere we have gone, we have seen these three flags. The gold one is the King’s flag. The red, white, and blue one is the Thai flag. And the purple one is the Princess’ flag. We have also been seeing blue flags, which represent the Queen. The monarchy in Thailand is incredibly revered and respected.
Lunch was at a local seafood restaurant. Again, the food was delicious!
We made it to the hot springs in the afternoon. It was very pretty, but definitely commercialized. The pools were around 40C. This was a little hot for most us, but the water did feel very good once you got used to it. Jason and Karsten were the only two that got completely in the pools, although, John did sit in one. The hot water really helped Jason after his fight yesterday.