Tiger Temple & death railway bridge

Trip Start Jun 07, 2010
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Trip End Dec 18, 2010


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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Another 4:30am early start we didn't get much sleep because we both felt rough in the tummy I only slept for 1 hour, so I’ve had about 5 hours sleep the last 2 days not good.

We had a private tour booked for the day to take us to Kanchanaburi to see the POW Bridge over the river Kwai and a monk’s temple where they have rescued and hand reared tigers we would get to spend the whole morning with tigers very exciting.

Adam (brother) and his girlfriend visited this place about 3 years ago

Our driver picked us up bang on time (5am) from our hostel and we drove to Kanchanaburi, we stopped off at a petrol station after meeting our guide to get some gifts for the monks, there was some chickens, chicks and a goat wondering around the forecourt which was odd.

We bought some milk cartons and some food for the monks it is good luck to give offerings to the monks when we arrived at their temple.

At the temple we waited for the 10 monks from the temple with our offerings, they walked past us with a bowl we had to (of course be dressed respectably and not wearing shoes) give them offerings and place our hands together and nod, very cultraul.

We walked up to the monks pavilion where they were gathered in prayer over the food they and we were about to eat for breakfast (more Thai food).

In the pavilion were several young tigers (10 to 18 months) sat around I guess they was involved in the prayer, there was also 3 x 3 week old tiger cubs we hand fed the young tigers some milk from a bottle and then played with the cubs for a while they were so cute.

After about 25mins the monks had finished prayer and us and them eat breakfast really intresting to watch the monks prey and chant to the big gold shrine of buddah.

We played with the cubs and petted the young tigers some more then headed out to take a tiger each for a walk on a lead this was fun they are so strong you have to be carefull not to pull back on the lead like for a dog and you must not walk infront of them as they may bite, the tiger I was walking playfully bit my leg which scared the staff a bit but didn’t bother me much, I’d love a scar from a tiger bite!

We then took the tigers into a pool to play with them. We had bin liner bags inflated at the end of a big bamboo cane each to playfully wave in front of them so they could try to grab it this was fun and a little scary because as they are right next to you (not chained) playing, they demonstrate such speed and strength.

Louise and I then washed a tiger together and had fed it some cooked chicken.

We then walked them to a canyon where there was some much older tigers (3 years old)

and another pool for them all to play in. We watched for about half an hour as about 8 tigers played with each other and a member of staff. Great to watch them and them play so free they seemed so happy.

The tiger temple was such a great experience we got to spend so much time up close with the tigers and there was only 5 other tourists.

Then we left the temple to go to see the famous POW rail bridge over the river Kwai it was so sad to see how many Prisoners Of War died at the crematory and to feel the heat they had to work in, the metal structure got so hot in the sunlight we could barely touch it, I walked over the bridge had a look round then we headed for a dinner.

Then we head back to busy Bangkok and went to our hostel for a wash and some well needed rest.
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