November 9th 2009
Published: November 8th 2009
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Easily the biggest cat i have ever seen
Back in Bangkok now. Super hot still and i can't really say I've missed being offered a tuk tuk, a suit or a fish massage every 5 seconds but I'm used to it now! After a very long night to sleep off our bumpy boat ride we spent yesterday traveling in and around the city. First we went up to the Damnoen Saduak floating market. We hopped on a little boat and travelling up and down the little waterways. There was so much on offer there you could literally buy anything you wanted (at what ever price you wanted as the price of pretty much every item was open to negotiation!) However....despite how tempting everything was... I settled on a plate of mango and it was awesome. Dan bought a bongo (and i am still looking out for a cheap guitar!) After a few hours at the market we drove up to the River Kwai. We stopped on the way for lunch (included free on the trip) and Dan and I got a special mention from the chef because we managed to finish every item of food in the buffet. Result. When we reached the river we walked round to see the bridge and visit the WWII and Jeath War museum. There were so many weapons and remains form the war on show and models of the world leaders at the time with a big history of them written beside. I actually managed to learn a lot! Religion plays such a big part in life out here as well and it is only as we have started to travel around the country a bit more that i have really come to notice it. Running a little late we eventually got up to the Tiger Temple and it was amazing. After South Africa I'm pretty sure the only animal I hadn't seen was a tiger. But that all changed here as i got to sit with them, get photos and stroke them. They are looked after by the Monks and the rangers and volunteers. They are the biggest cats i have ever seen! Check out my facebook page for all the photos. It was a cheap day out and very worth it. I would strongly recommend the Tiger don't even have to be there for long...just long enough to look at and sit with these incredible animals. Tonight we are taking the overnight bus up to Chang Mai in the north of Thailand to go on a 3 day jungle trek! All transport, accommodation and food is included and the price was very reasonable so we have done well (top bartering skills on my behalf!) Will update when I get back.


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