Friday, January 2, 2009

Kanchanaburi Sightseeing

After an early wake up this morning we went to find us a scooter. We planned to go to the Tiger Temple, Bridge Over the River Kwai and a temple South of Kanchanaburi, so a scooter was very much needed. After bartering, we managed to get one for 150Bh (three pounds).

We started of by going to the Dragon's Temple (Wat in Thai) it was impressive, the views outstanding. Although we were conned at first, by being forced to watch a lady float in water for 5 minutes, it was an amazing sight. There was a large set of stairs leading to a cave in which there were Budda's praying.

After the Temple we proceeded to the Bridge Over the River Kwai, a famous attraction, due to it's terrible/upsetting history. The bridge was nice. It is what it is. It's the history that draws you there though. Thousands of Thai's died creating it, under Japanese rule, then a few years later it was blown up by the British. Originally though it was built to transfer goods and weapons to Thailand to be taken for the expansion to India.

Now having been fed history, and cultured up, we did the tourist thing. In Thailand there is two main Tiger Temples, one in Chang Mai and one in Kanchanaburi. When we arrived we spent two hours in the blistering sun watching Tigers and having photo's taking with them. You felt bad in one sense because the Tigers weren't in their natural surroundings, but on the other hand it was great to pat and touch a Tiger. An experience I'll probably never have again, in my life.

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