A Busy Tour Around Thailand
Trip Start Jul 19, 2011
24Trip End Aug 10, 2011
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What I did
River Kwai Death Railway
The tour group was catered largely for backpackers. We were the only English speaking people on the bus, others being French and Eastern European.
Our first stop of the day was the memorial cemetary at Kanchanaburi. Some 6,400 people were buried here that perished building the 'Death Railway' from Thailand for Burma in WWII. The majority of those buried were English, Dutch and Australian.
From here, we wandered through the associated museum for half an hour or so, which gave an account of what actually happened here
The next stop was elephant riding at an Elephant camp. It wasnt the longest ride, but fun enough. Nat had a blast! I felt a little bad for the captive elephants but they still seemed happy enough and in decent health and spirits. I couldnt say the same about the two monkeys kept there... chained around the neck, they seemed hyperactive, drugged, or both. Theres something disturbing about seeing a monkey trying to hang itself and twisting around in circles.
Lunch was pretty awesome, a floating resteraunt on the river with tasty Thai cuisine. We then boareded little bamboo rafts, were towed upstream, cut loose, and left for the current to take us back to our starting location.
After lunch, we stopped briefly at Saiyok Noi waterfall. This was a really picturesque spot for a picnic or even swimming! We didnt have time for the latter, and when I peered into a burrow to see gigantic wriggling crab feet, im glad we didnt.
The last stop of the day was the Tiger Temple
After a few photos i'd have rather just spend 30 seconds with the animal, petting its fur and feeling it breathe. This was not an option however.
We took the long journey home, arriving near Ko Shan Road just in time for dinner. We wandered along, and craving steaks found a good place down an alley.
We finished the day with a massage from Dr Fish! I'm not sure how many have seen my feet, but in their current state, they are a disgrace... made worse by extensive walking over this trip. The fish loved me, polishing off every bit of skin or blister they could find. Tasty! It tickled so much, feeling 100s of little fish wriggle between your toes and over your feet, nibbling furiously. Nat and I laughed so much, I think we attracted about 10 other clients,
Today was a great day, and nice to get out of Bangkok.