Tiger Temple

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Buddha statues on top of the 'Tiger Temple' mountain, after climbing 1237 steps

On Saturday we visited Wat Tham Seua or the 'Tiger Cave Temple' 5km from Krabi town centre - this is a famous meditation centre where around 250 monks and nuns live.  A staircase leads all the way to the top of the mountain - totalling 1237 steps.  We walked up to the top, which almost killed me, especially as i haven't done any exercise in 3 weeks!  Excellent 360" views from the top around the Krabi province...unfortunately the rain clouds swept in in under a few minutes, clouding most of the views.   There was a huge golden sitting buddha, other statues and chime bells at the top.  Lots of monkeys at the bottom, and stalls with huge buddhas where people could meditate perhaps?

In the afternoon we stopped off in Krabi and saw other falang (foreigners!) for the first time in 3 weeks - it was so exciting!  I bought some clothers - tried to bartar with the lady in the shop but she just looked at me like i was stupid so gave up on that.

Jude, Me, Candice, Sam, Monique, Caroline and Hannah on top of the mountain
  Then found a shopping mal with a Boots!! and a Dunkin Donughts, and a KFC, where i got a meal deal - didn't enjoy it as much i thought i would though...really greasy after eating healthy rice and fresh food for last couple of weeks.  We then went back to base to get ready to go to One Penns party (lady who comes for English lessons, and owns a big shop along main Ao Luk road)...her adopted son was joining the army so they had a party in front of the shop....We arrived to be stared at for about the first half an hour.  Then they got us singing kareokee and downing whiskey with a mad Thai Woman!  One Penn kept the females seperate from the males....apparently it was because all the Thai guys had been drinking since 4 in afternoon and didn't want any of them to affend us!  Then Jack, who had been drinking quite a lot, squeezed 6 of us into his tiny car and drove home at about 60 miles an hour.
Walking through the valley, visiting caves, next to Ao Luk beach

On Sunday, slightly hung over, we went to nearest beach to Ao Luk - the land is owned by one of our students who invited us for lunch ...lots of lovely sea food, crab, and shrimps, and a massive triangular fish.  The owner then took us for a walk into the valley...amazing caves and staligmites/staligtites, huge plants like Jurassic Park!  I ended up getting 18 mosquito bites on my back, very painful.  Couple of us then went swimming in the sea....I unfortunatley stood on a massive piece of coral....and shreded me toe in about 5 places.  Finally went home, where I lay on bed exhausted for the rest of the afternoon.  Gill (project leader) then brought out the chocolate cheese cake she had made at the 7 o'clock meeting...we'd all paid 100 baht for a slice (about 1.50) - the ingredients were very expensive because it's 'falang food'.

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