Trip Start Sep 18, 2010
86Trip End Jul 27, 2011
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I won't write about the River Kwai stop. Suffice to say that you could skip it. There is nothing to see that I considered worth it. Maybe people that care to see famed places just for their fame might enjoy it? I thought it was a complete waste of time. I took one obligatory photo that had nothing nice on it and c'est ca! As for the Tiger Temple, that deserves its very own entry. Stay tuned for that.
Floating Markets are a quint-essential Thai experience. Just like you see on those book covers and post cards, they are a labyrinth of narrow canals congested with small wooden boats, paddled by traders wearing those conical straw hats made from bamboo and palm leaves. You know, the ones you might have considered for Halloween before. You can buy them there. Send in your orders now! I will happily ship them for you ;) Boats are laden with fruits, veg and spices, cooked foods and souvenirs of the traditional, tacky or bizarre kind. It's a fascinating old tradition, vendors selling and bartering their merchandise on the river's arms from their long canoe like boats. Today of course, I doubt it would live on if it wasn't for the tourists
Aaaaaaaaannnnnd, I faced my biggest phobia, and got within 10 meters distance of a snake Shaista thought would be cool to hang around her neck. I even took some photos. Big for someone who wakes up screaming after seeing snakes in TV commercials, no? I didn't go as far as paying for a cobra show to see more of them and handlers doing wrong things with these slithering, disgusting animals. I still much prefer them in the form of shoes. Forgive me all you animal rights activists. You would understand if you experienced me embarrassing YOU, or possibly even hurting you, during an unexpected encounter. It has happened before.
Moving on to much more pleasant animals, the infamous Tiger Temple was next on our agenda. To be continued........