We woke up in our floating guesthouse, and packed up as it was finally time to leave Kanchanaburi and head south. We had two more stops in the area, though – the seven layer waterfall and the tiger temple.
The waterfall was in a national park, and is literally seven different waterfalls along a beautiful trail, complete with cheeky monkeys along the way. We were told to hold tight to our cameras because the monkeys love anything shiny and they WILL steal your camera. But they were sooooo cuuute!! One even had a little baby holding onto her mama as they crashed through the trees above us!
We got to swim in several of the waterfall pools as we hiked, and i sat in a little pool while the little fishies nibbled my feet (it tickled!). After the hike, we ate some lunch and headed back to the bus – it was tiger time, baby.
The temple was really a tiger sanctuary, where rescued tigers can live from cubs, growing up around humans so they are used to us, and able to be in a relaxed state. We got to walk right up to the tigers, pet them and hang out while the trainers took pictures of us. It sounds dangerous but it was really a controlled environment – you had to hold the trainers hand and every tiger had its own trainer beside him. My camera died just as it was my turn (bah) so I had to borrow a friends camera to get my pics petting and walking with the tigers. We paid a little extra and got to watch the tiger show, where they caged US in (haha) and let the tigers loose. They jumped and play fought and prowled and were basically the most majestic and beautiful animals I’ve ever seen up close. It was totally worth it to pay the extra couple of bucks and watch the show.
We got back on the bus in time for our next adventure, the night train to the south. This journey deserves its own blog, so ill stop here and pick it up later.
- Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi (amazfacts.com)
- Tigers (blablasite1234.wordpress.com)
- Saving Space for Tigers on a Crowding Planet (Thailand) (ireport.cnn.com)