BEWARE THIS BLOG INCLUDES ELEPHANTS, TIGERS AND MONKEYS - PLEASE DO NOT GO TOO GREEN WHILST READING!!
Well sorry i have not updated the blog in a awhile, i have joined the STA travel group with Phil and I have not had much chance to update it. In fact i had tyo get up at 7am to do this, so you had all better appreciate it!!!
The 4 days in Kanchanaburi were amazing and it was filled with widllife and history. I arrived late in the afternoon from a long days travelling from Vietnam and pretty much got to my hotel and feel asleep for a couple of hours. The actual hotel is bungalows/huts on stilts on the river Kwai and it is so picturesque.
The next day I started a two day tour which included visiting Hell fire pass and doing the history part of the tour looking at the prisoners who built the Burma Thailand railway line, which was actually quite intertesting as apart from the film i did not know too much details.
We also went to the natural hot springs in the areas for a quick relaxation and swim which was cool - it was a lot better than the ones i have been to in Turkey.
We then started the jungle trekking and a stop over in a hill tribe hut which i was really looking forward to. There were 5 of us in total and we all got on well together pretty quickly and had a great laugh. we had 2 dutch, 2 belgiums and me so it was a mixed bunch.
We then had to elephant ride - which was amazing as i got the chance to sit on the elephants head. This was much better than the last ride i had and it was much longer and in the jungle this time. Our Elephant (Kat) was getting bored most of the time as she kept going off to fetch food, so we were later than the others. Rumour has it that when i was getting off the Elephant that i may have nearly fallen off - gladly there are no photos and proof!
We started the trek late, so ended up still being in the jungle when it went dark which was fun but a little scary and the guide was really starting to worry even though we were laughing it all off. The guide said this was the latest he had a arrived to the campo since he has been doing the trips. On arrival we ate and drank some beers that we were clever enough to buy before hand. We had a good chat and socialised until we needed to collapse in our basic tree hut beds.
In the morning we had an easier trek back to where we started. One the way the guides managed to catch a Tarantula which was amazing (i Kept a safe distance) and the guide put half of the tarantula in his mouth - brave man - or stupid!!
After about 30 mins of bamboo rafting, in which i descovered i cam rubbish at, we also saw a wild snake - it moved very fast alongside the river bed and the guids was not sure if it was a river snake or a cobra.
In the evening i met up with the dutch couple again for some drinks which was great fun as we had a few beers, lots of laughs and we played jenga at 1am - how hardcore were we??!!
The next day in Kanchanaburi i went bathing with the elephants in the morning which was an experience and great fun (thats 4 different elephants i have been on now) - it was nice to see a proper herd of Elephants and the Burmese tribe were very gentle with them which was great to see. I wont talk to much about the elephants as the photos and video speak for itself. On the way back to the town i was also able to feed the monkeys too
In the afternoon i went to the tiger temple (as if elephants weren't enough) and i had my photo taken with all the tigers including one on my lap. I was originally worried that the tigers were drugged but i stayed for the exercise of the tigers (which i paid extra for) and they woke up too quick for it to be drugged. We were only about 4 yards away from the tigers when they were exercising and in the UK there may have been a health and safety issue i think. It was soo amazing and i am definitely getting on of those photos framed.
The last day in Kanchanaburi i went to the Erawan waterfalls which were so beautiful and i went swimming with the fish in 3 of the 5 tiers of the watertfall i visited including sliding down the rock face. I would have liked to have stayed longer but i needed to head back to Bangkok to meet up with Phil for the STA travel trip.
Hopefully you don't all hate me too much for all the wildlife i have managed to see and I will write a new blog after my trek in the north in Chang Mai