Wednedays Wanderings with Tiggers
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Lovely to get washing done, but..................we weren't back in time to pick it up. We WERE hoping to fly to Chang Mai on the morning flight, but looks like it will be the Thursday one now.
What we admire most, are the drivers, their driving, and the lack of visible road rules, ie: speed signs, give-way/stop signs, etc...but even more so is the lack of car accidents considering the population and amount of traffic, by way of taxis, cars, motorbikes and trucks on every conceivable type of roadway.......the drivers here are so patient, so organised and accepting of the chaos they must make order of.
We were up early this morning to take a bus to the Tiger Temple at Kanchanaburi.
After arriving, we grabbed a bite to eat at a local cafe - nothing like ours! and then caught an open-air taxi to the Tiger Temple - another half an hour. We arrive to discover that we know nothing of the rules, no-one we'd spoken to or our taxi driver had advised us - No red, pink orange clothes, no short sleeves or singlets.
So...........I bought Kiara a white Tiger Temple t-shirt - one size only - LARGE! And for a change large was too big for me even! Leanne had a knit cardigan with her, and I had a white jacket - so we were able to enter. The temp was about 35oC and somewhat humid.
Tigers were really cool - bit of a production line tho for hanging out and photos, can only imagine what it must be like in peak season - must be crazy. In that heat, the taxi ride in the back of an open 'peronnel carrier' was welcome. You can imagine how warm we were by the time we left, stripping off our layers in the back of the taxi, on our way to The Bridge over the River Kwai. Where we stopped there was a little street vendor with the most wonderful little snacks of some sweet rice, olives and plums in some sweet sticky coating.
Amazing to see how well the POW's built that bridge from next to nothing and with little in the way of tools, but lots of ingenuity. We walked the length of the bridge marvelling at the workmanship, taking in the surrounds, and enjoying the coolish breeze that began blowing, cooling us off.
We got to the end of the Bridge, and there much to ours, and more especially Kiara's surprise, amongst market stalls, was an elephant. We made our way down a steep flight of stairs, wound our way through the market stalls - without buying, I might add - to see the elephant.
For 100b we could feed the elephant, and we were each given little bags of about half a dozen bananas.
On our back past the market stalls.................yeah, yeah, we bought! Leanne bought a lovely jade bangle, and I bought Kiara a little jade elephant as a momento. Probably no more real than any we could get at home, and much cheaper.
Then after we'd walked back across the Bridge, we browsed the markets on the way back to our taxi, and thankfully I found some clothes - I'll need them to wear to go to the laundry to pick up all my only other clothes tomorrow!
Back to Kanchanaburi, and virtually straight onto the bus back to Bangkok, another 2.5 hr ride. Kiara crashed, and Leanne and I had several power naps ourselves. Of course, we sat up the back ofthe bus!! There's only so much poverty one can look at and take in, in a day, as that's about all there is to see along the roadway.
We then caught a taxi back to Thonglor, and had a lovely dinner just near our hotel, and were back home by 10.30.
Another day with something wonderfully unexpected happening.......how better to remember a holiday.