On the way to Phitsanulok we stopped to watch sticky rice being prepared and served in bamboo pieces. Our guide bought some roasted rat to share during lunch later in the day when we cruised the Sakae Krang River on a wooden rice barge. It wasn’t one of Jim’s favorites. The sticky rice, though, was delicious. At the end of the day our tour group wrote new year’s wishes on a large paper lantern and released it sometime near midnight.