A small disclaimer here: The Thai police did say that they would go after my (then) boyfriend, but I promise it was not out of malicious intent (and maybe I was slightly flattered).
Whilst visiting some friends in Sisaket, about an hour or so from there, the Thai/Cambodian border hosts an extremely holy temple known as Khao Phra Wihan. The Thai’s and the Cambodians had been fighting about which side was this temple actually on, and most recently it was deemed that the temple was on the Cambodian side. Needless to say, the Thai’s were not too happy about that, and you can see the barbed wire and other military accessories.
However from the Thai side, you can kind of make out the Temple:
Whilst visiting there were plenty of other temples to give incense, flowers, and other small gifts.
One thing I have to say, I hope to go back one day not just to visit some Khmer ruins, but to spiritually understand the place. As new-agey as that sounds, the strong Buddhist influence really shaped a lot of my spirituality today, and when I go back I want to bring that more into my experience there.
But anyways that’s me bowing to a statue.
There were some more ancient sites to be seen here. If you walk down these steps:
Now what does this have to do with the title of this post?
While I am in this part of the world, it’s not unusual for people who want to take pictures. I’m tall, I’m a ‘Farang lady’ as the Thai’s say it, it was something I had to get used too (again, it was still very flattering!).
After visiting the site, walking back to the car, there were several Thai police who stopped us and wanted to talk pictures.
“Yes” I replied, laughing.
Another soldier chimed in, “We will send Thai police after him so you don’t have boyfriend anymore.”
Everyone was laughing pretty hard at this point. I knew it was a joke, and I couldn’t help but feel a twinge bit better about myself. You would too! Right? Right…?
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