After waking up veryy early, and having quite a dodgy pick up from the tour we'd booked (turned out to be an extremely unorganised company) we drove two hours in a minibus to a floating market.
We rode a boat through the market which was so interesting, all the stalls were also floating selling trinkets to freshly cooked food, we then walked around the stalls in land, although seeing as it was rather touristy everything was pretty expensive.
In the afternoon we went to a place called tiger temple which was incredible, we were able to go up and stroke tiger cubs and full sized adults and get photos taken! Although it was quite tough seeing them all chained up. After, we were driven to our hotel where we were spending the two nights, it was so cute. It was a tiny family run business with wooden lodges looking over the river (mosquito nets were christened), and food was home-cooked. In the evening we sat around with the three others staying there chatting and played a few games.
The next day we were taken the the Jeath war museum, which was not explained well to us at all, but we eventually understood what we were looking at, then we walked over the bridge over the river kwai, and took a train over the historical death bridge. That afternoon was unbelievable, we went on an elephant trekk which was nice, then were taken down to the river with the elephant where we bathed with it- so good. We played rodeo where we had to see how long we could stay on the elephant (bare back) before it shook us off... then back to the hotel (chai house).
Our last day in kanchanaburi started at the erwan waterfall, which has seven tiers but we only made it to the fifth tier before we were too hot and tired and went for a swim and a sunbathe which was lovely, and in such a pretty setting! Then, in the afternoon we were taken to a safari park where firstly we watched an aligator show where the thai men would put there hands and heads into an aligators mouth- terrifying! you could also pay to sit on one of them. Then there was an elephant show, where the elephats would do tricks like stand on their back legs and do dance moves, they looked like they were really enjoying themselves too! Lastly we got into the safari van and did the usual safari tour, like in england, where you drive into the different enclosures, although this time you could feed the animals out of the open windows... the giraffes stuck their heads right into the van!
Then it was time to head back for bangkok, in a horribly uncomfy van, but there we met up with Kristina and Celia and are now planning the next part of our journey :)
Love Heather and Jess xxxxxx
p.s its not Tha Lo, i don't know how to change the location