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Kanchanaburi Travel Blog

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Here Puss, puss.....

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.

Patting the 6 month old cubs
Caught a taxi to the Southern Bus station which is way-o-way over the other side of the city and the river......so it was 10.30 before we were in the bus, on the road for a 2.5 hour ride to Kanchanaburi (yeah ok, it was 2nd class - but with air-con!) . Does Bangkok ever end?? Cripes, it is a huge city! I guess with a population of some 10 million they have to spread themselves somewhere, and that's not upwards!
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.
Shhhh....don't wake the sleeping tiger.....
Kiara was wearing pink, Leanne had on a red singlet, and I was wearing a singlet. Sheesh!
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.

Tickle my tummy and I'll follow you anywhere......
....just what we needed, as we were hungry again. We hopped into the fare without even thinking about the cost......total of 50baht, I think.
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.
Ho-hum....lotus-style reading..there's only so many tigers one can pat.
He offered that we could sit on his elephant - for another 100b! Probably way too much, but we couldn't be bothered bartering when we realised the relative cost in $$'s. Kiara was the only one who took him up on it, and the look on her face was priceless.......well worth every baht!
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.

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Here Puss, puss.....
Here Puss, puss.....
Patting the 6 month old cubs
Patting the 6 month old cubs
Shhhh....dont wake the sleeping t…
Shhhh....don't wake the sleeping …
Tickle my tummy and Ill follow yo…
Tickle my tummy and I'll follow y…
Ho-hum....lotus-style reading..the…
Ho-hum....lotus-style reading..th…
Kiara in her tiger t-shirt. Appa…
Kiara in her 'tiger' t-shirt. App…
A New Age Monk, communicating in a…
A New Age Monk, communicating in …
Kiara amd the tiger cubs - Tiger T…
Kiara amd the tiger cubs - Tiger …
Leanne tickling a tigers tummy
Leanne tickling a tiger's tummy
This girl is up for anything!!
This girl is up for anything!!
Bridge on the River Khwai
Bridge on the River Khwai
Elephant ride @ the end of the Bri…
Elephant ride @ the end of the Br…
Kiaras unexpected thrill @ the Br…
Kiara's unexpected thrill @ the B…
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