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Published: October 14th 2012
TIGER TEMPLE - DO NOT GO!!
drugged tigers, denied by the monks!
What a weird few days, quite surreal... Pan, I am behaving impecably!(Almost, slip up on my trip out,but intentions were good!).
A young Burmese LD working at this hostel is so funny, he clears a few glasses, gets his mirror out and tweezers his eyebrows, then does more work!
Today I had organised to go to the bridge over the river Kwai but The only way I could find to do that was to add in a trip to tiger temple straight after, apparently run by a very important monk. It is supposed to be a tigers sanctuary, rescuing tigers from throughout Asia and hand rearing therm.
If you get the chance to go on this visit DONT
The surroundings are appalling, the tigers in very bad condition and seemed to be drugged. One of the notices, a Q&A board said "are the tigers drugged" totally avoided answering the question. They get visitors to take the tigers for a walk, then let the tiger cuddle the visitor but the tigers did not seem aware of anything; we were walking to the "cuddle area" a tiger stopped next to me and pooed blood. When the "teacher" was
saying about the tigers he said how healthy and happy they were... They wern't... He asked if people had questions so I asked why a tiger shitting blood was thought ok to be paraded and forced to do this... I was told to leave! I did. DisgustEd
The bridge over the river Kwai was interesting and quite awe inspiring though it was much smaller than I imagined. Had a 1 hour train trip seeing where the death railway was built. Lots of photos, these will be added later. I have no idea how prisoners of war worked in those conditions... Think Imay find out more of the family history about this when I get home.
Yesterday spent most of the time trying to get to the palace... I gave up after being taken to f....... Scam jewelry stores with fantastic tax free bargains. Tey set up a mark, follow them with fake tourists saying how much money u could make blah blah.... I sia do I had no money, they offered to take me back to the hotel to get money, I let them take me back to the hotel, I left them outside, had a shower,a beer and food.no idea grow loNGO they waited firmly money but they didn't get it! I can't believe people get take in by these scams!
Bangkok does strange things to people. I was going to leave this morning but wanted to go tithe river Kwai so now am traveling to Cambodia tomorrow, leaving at 06:30, so, tomorrow I am braving the border by bus instead of plane and hoping there are no visa problems.
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