Meeting the tigers
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It started a bit bad as I went on an organized trip from Bangkok to the Bridge of Kwai and the waterfall in the national park. I was quite sleepy and hangover to begin with, and don't really like beeing herded around like a sheep. As a true backpacker i never go on organized trips ,of course, but this was the exception as I was going in that direction anyway...and since I was out drinking all night and knew I could go directly from the pub to the minivan leaving from Khao San road...
So first we came to a cemetary....was'nt too exciting, shockingly!
Then we saw the Bridge of Kwai and the associated museum. I have'nt seen the movie or heard much about it so did'nt really have a relationship with this place.
The waterfalls in the national park was quite nice, at least i did'nt have to tag along with the group.A lot of thai kids having fun in the natural pools, and about 100 russian tourists in speedo's...niiiiice !
I decided to go to a place nearby called; the tiger temple. This is a place where the monks have been living with, and raising tigers from birth,supposedly. This makes them quite used to humans, and more or less tame and docile....to the extent a tiger can be tame...
Today this place is devoid of monks, and more or less a tourist attraction where fat americans, pale brits and chinese tourists can go to get a picture taken with a big nasty tiger!
I got to pet the big tigers, as well as spending some hours with the cubs.
This place is not something I would reccomend for anyone. I came there randomly as I heard about it in Kanancanburi, but it was disturbing to see how these beautiful animals have been turned into circus attractions. I regret having given any of my money to this place
What this park needs is an entusiastic young vet who volunteres for some time to implement some changes! a vet like me! .....that'll be me future plan then....