Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Co., Ltd,
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Petchaburi is all light and sun. The hillawhereon are built palaces and temples, erected by the late King Mongkut, and constantly embellished by Chulalongkornadominates the little white village which is divided by the river Petchaburi, over which has been thrown a white bridge, quite regal in appearance. After leaving our boxes in the little house offered us, accompanied by Kloon Amphan, secretary to Prince Damrong, we went to pay our respects to the Governor, who did not then seem to have recovered from the effects of the visit of the princes of Sweden. He does not know a word of English, so we exchanged courtesies through the young and timid Siamese.
Then mounting our prancing Siamese ponies (big horses are all imported from Australia) we rode through the smiling country, visiting the grottos which are the attraction of Petchaburi. The first grotto is, above all, impressive. The Buddhist religion gives to the place a unique character. It is suggestive and fearful in a way no other grotto could be. In the central cavern, which is full of stalactites, reclines an immense Buddah, whose eyes in that half-light seem to flash.
In the evening, tired with our hard riding, we went to bed early.
2 5th December, 1911.
Christmas ! But the heat of August.
Mounting our ponies (each one has his favourite) we rode to the foot of the hill where stands the royal palace.
We walked up the hill, but, alas ! found on reaching the summit that the man who was to show us the apartment, by order of the Governor, was still at the market!
We contented ourselves with a view of the exterior, which is a