November 28th, 2008 – by: ladysith
Today's tour was Kanchanaburi & Tiger Temple... it was our most expensive one too, 2,400 baht ($109... would've been cheaper if the exchange rate was higher, it should've cost $80. Oh well.) The JEATH War "museum" wasn't a museum at all, it was a merely a hut with photographs & news articles regarding the WWII prisoners of war's suffering. It was touching but at the same time, I couldn't stop cringing due to the nonstop spelling mistakes and the apostrophes (') added to the word when using it in plural form. (yes, I'm OCD & a spelling nazi - lol) Next stop was the War Cemetary, it's very well maintained, it looks like a memorial park in the western world. After that, we made our way to the Bridge over the River Kwai. Took photos and waited for the train to arrive.
The journey took 1 hour and we were standing all the way. There were no seats left due to all the locals in there. We were lucky enough to have 2 monks sitting near us, unfortunately we weren't allowed to be close to them, we were moved aside by our guide. We got off near our restaurant, the food was good again, the banana fritters were my favourite. We had 1 hour to kill since our tour didn't include elephant trekking, so the rest of our group headed to the elephant camp. We spent our time browsing through the markets, bought myself an album & scarf. Our group came back to pick us up and proceeded to the highlight of this tour, the TIGER TEMPLE. I also nearly had an accident with the camel, I was jogging backwards, posing for a photo and didn't realize I was coming too close to it and it kicked.
Silly me didn't even see it but everyone were scared. LOL! We trekked to the tiger canyon, nearly dying because of the heat. >_< Luckily the sight of the tigers took all my worries away. They are such amazing creatures, I heart them more than the elephants now. Gotta admit, they do look dead... so they really must be sedated or they could just be really sleepy (?) and enjoying the heat!? Not to be heartless or anything but I think noone else but "hippies" would make a big deal out of this. I love animals but I'm more excited about the fact that I get to be up close and able to touch one of nature's most dangerous predators without having my body ripped apart in shreds. All in all, it was a good experience. The tour ended and we made our way back to Bangkok. Our van dropped us off at MBK where we had dinner & a haircut.