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Bangkok Day 2

The Floating Market, The Bridge Over the River Kwai, and the Tiger Temple

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We decided to take a tour outside of Bangkok today and, boy, was it ever a good decision! A mini bus picked us up at 6:30 am and took us a few hours outside the city. We went to the floating market, which is exactly as it sounds... a floating market. The long boats were full of produce, seafood, and hand made products, and you floated down the river stopping at whichever docked boats you wanted. It was a really cool experience. We were there for a couple hours as there was also a regular market, some ice cream shops, and restaurants.

After the market, we went to the Bridge Over the River Kwai. It is a bridge that was built by Japanese-owned Thai slaves to cross the large and grueling River Kwai. It took only 17 months to construct, in a time where steel bridges would normally take 7-10 years. The bridge itself wasn't overly interesting, but the history behind it and the museum close by were both very fascinating. In a nearby shop, you could pay 100 baht (3 dollars) to hold and feed a baby leopard which was extremely cool.

We were then taken to the "Tiger Temple," which turned out to be a huge petting zoo. I love animals, especially massive cats, so this was absolutely amazing. We got to pet and take pictures with real Tigers! It was extremely cool. Our tour guide tried to say that the tigers were not sedated, but it seemed pretty obvious they were. That seems cruel, but never again in my life will I get to experience something like that again. There were also warthogs, bears, buffalo, and many other animals just walking around the area. We took a nap on the bus ride back and we're just about to head to dinner. We found a deal for a Thai dinner for 2 with soft drinks for 240 baht, which is under $5.

Thats all for now,
Geoff

Posted by geoffboulton 13:03 Archived in Thailand Tagged bridges animals boats bangkok tigers

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