I guess we all want change and updates and for "something to happen"... but then it is Khao Takiab and not much changes year to year... I take a scooter and do a potter about, going left to the base of the Golden Buddha and then back out and via the concrete bridge -
I have met some "nice monkey's" and others who are evil and bad mannered little sods ... I have learned over time... have patience and wait, there are one or two gentle characters who will come and silently converse with you. I find their expressions and a gentle reaching hand most interesting.
These monkeys are really 'wild animals' and yes, the interaction can be relaxing... Don't scream and appear frightened - these guys know the tourists are easy meat but they don't take teasing well...
I always stop for the local Hot Coffee in the shade - and a cold drink... sure, I too could buy a wind chime and all the other eclectic stuff but enjoy the coffee sitting beside the netting walls - a little furry hand might appear and if you are lucky its mother and child. That makes it all worthwhile.
Coming back down the hill - stop in the car park on the seaward side - that is a grand view of the beach.
The fishermen in the creek - I guess these boys are the true Thailand 'native'... how they fish nightly for hours in such rickety boats - and have done for century's... Not much has changed in twenty years - although I see that some of the boats now have GPS, they still look rickety!
Yes, the Temple could be cleaner - it even could be pristine if someone took responsibility - the monkeys could have manners but really, everybody is scratching out a living.
We need to consider as tourists - as guests in somebody else's country that we often pick up the bad side.
This Temple has been here on the hill for eons - the fishermen here for probably a thousand years and change does not happen instantly.... They have a new concrete bridge over the creek - that is progress..
You need to go. You need to contemplate the past and even ponder on its future. Kkao Takiab has doubled in size in twenty years - so many more hotels and developments - some good some bad - this is Thailand - it all takes time and at every visit celebrate the changes. That makes it worthwhile.... Nothing happens overnight.
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