Bridge over the River Kwai meets Born Free

Trip Start Dec 03, 2005
Trip End Jun 20, 2006

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Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Shula and I got the morning bus, which takes 2 hours, to Kanchanaburi, the town with the death railway, where the WWII prisoners built the bridge over the Kwai. (as in the Alex Guinness film). The bridge is still in use, although allied forces bombed it and it has been rebuilt.
Shula was on a day trip only, so luckily we found a short tour that fitted in with her time planning for the afternoon - go and visit the tigers in the temple grounds that have become their sanctuary (along with many other "wild" animals). We visit them first in a canyon, where they are tethered, but tourists and members of public can go up (escorted) to stroke them and have photo taken with them. Also tourists are warned not to wear red clothing (I think it gives them indigestion). Later the monks and other handlers lead them in 2s and 3s out of the canyon up a dusty path for their evening stroll. The last one was born in captivity and he goes completely untethered with a monk, and everyone follows it in a crocodile chain, and one by one take a turn of walking with your hand on his back while one of their guys snaps your photo on your own camera. It was doing this where I got attacked by the tiger. See video clip (or read clip's caption if you can't play it for a fuller explanation). To learn more about the tiger sanctuary have a look at
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