Seriously..nothing is simple! Especially trips to the Tiger Temple

Kanchanaburi Travel Blog

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bus to Kanchanaburi!

Today me, Angela and Jeremy went to the Tiger Temple!! We got up relatively early and caught a taxi to the 'Southern Bus Station'...When we got there the station was completely empty, no tourists and a couple buses. Apparently there are 2 stations but this jerk made us pay him and then pay 50 baht more each to get to the real one from a different taxi driver, and the station is just up the road!! Grr. Anyway, then we bought tickets to Kanchanaburi that costs us 80 baht each, we bought some snacks and then caught the bus. It took 2 hours to get there but the bus ride was pretty fun, we listened to Dane Cook the whole way there.

When we got there we weren't exactly sure how to get to the Tiger Temple, but that problem was solved quickly.

us with our new tiger friend
.as soon as we got off the bus there were Thai people waiting saying 'You go to tiger temple?' So we went with one of them and rode in the back of a pickup truck which took 45 minutes, and I swear people were laughing at us haha. Anyways, we got there and the driver asked if we had clothes to change into..We were like..'no. why?' He said we'd find out. So we walk up to the entrance and we can't wear tank tops and shorts that go above the knee..so we were screwed. We couldn't even rent clothes we had to BUY new outfits! I was spewin, but we couldn't not do it we were already there! So that cost us 400 and the entrance fee was 300.

We went into the temple and followed some tour groups and got in this line for some reason, then everyone started walking so we followed. It was SOO hot we were so sweaty.

Also, it turns out we were following a tiger, but we eventually got photos walking next to it. Then we got to the tiger canyon and the guide gave us some info on what to do and not to do. It was free to get photos just next to the tigers but to get photos holding their head in your hands it costs 1000 baht and we thought, well we're already here we've already spent this much, what the heck! why not. So we paid and we also got a bunch of postcards, a magazine and a necklace.

Getting the photos with the tigers was SOO sweet. They were ginormous! They seemed a little sedated...but the people weren't being mean to them and we got tons and tons of photos with lots of different tigers, it was amazing! One of the coolest things I've ever done by far. After we were done we wandered around a bit and then went back to our taxi man(we changed first..) and went back to the bus station and bought a ticket back to Bangkok. Well, 3 hours into our trip we were still nowhere near Bangkok..so make sure you take the right 2 hour bus not the wrong 4 HOUR bus..it took ages to get back! Then we had to take a taxi BACK to our hostel. It was a pretty expensive day but so worth it!

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bus to Kanchanaburi!
bus to Kanchanaburi!
us with our new tiger friend
us with our new tiger friend
tiger!!
tiger!!
taxi to the tiger temple
taxi to the tiger temple
waiting in line
waiting in line
soo hot..
soo hot..
so hot..haha not so much.
so hot..haha not so much.
baby tiger!
baby tiger!
the beginning of the way back
the beginning of the way back
us sad that the bus trip took 4 ho…
us sad that the bus trip took 4 h…
Kanchanaburi
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