Tiger Temple & River Kwai
Trip Start Jan 28, 2009
49Trip End Sep 05, 2009
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We left Bangkok when I felt well enough to travel and took a local (not tourist) bus to Kanchanaburi. It took three hours, cost 85 baht each, and was sooo comfortable. Screw tourist buses, from now on we're going local
The two big draws of Kanchanaburi are the Tiger Temple and the history. History meaning the whole 'Bridge on the River Kwai' death railway POW history. From our room we can actually see the famous bridge, and today we walked across it (which was terrifying). But I'll get to that later because first thing this morning we went to the Tiger Temple!
The Tiger Temple is a place run by monks who've adopted hurt or orphaned animals, mainly tigers. You can walk with the tigers, pet them and have photos taken with them. For the general public they bring out some cubs and walk them through the crowd so everybody can pet them, but of course that wasn't enough for Oli and I so we 'donated' a little more baht and got some free time alone with 4 tiger cubs in their playroom
After cubs, we joined the line of people waiting to have their photo taken with an adult tiger. The tigers were all sleepy after eating and being in the sun, so there wasn't that feeling of danger I thought there might be. But when I was posing with one sleepy tiger, he suddenly lifted his head and shook water off himself which made me jump back pretty quick! I still have both arms so it was a false alarm, but you never know...
As well as tigers, they had a ton of horses just kinda roaming around, also some kind of buffalo, peacocks, deer and boar. We spent most of our day there hanging out with various animals before we decided to return to Bamboo House.
We made a wrong turn on the way back and ended up at the Kwai River bridge, so we decided to check it out. It was pretty scenic to look at, but terrifying to walk across. Basically it's still a running train bridge, so except for a one-person wide metal plating that runs between the train tracks on the bridge there is nothing to stand on. I never thought I was afraid of heights (especially after sky-diving!) but squeezing by people on that thin metal plating was probably the scariest thing I've done in my life. You look down and can see right between the tracks to the water. There is no hand-rail. TERRIFYING. But scenic.
Tomorrow we're checking out a waterfall nearby, and maybe the war museum. I really love the place we're staying at but after tomorrow it's on to the next!