The last two days were traveling from Cambodia up to Kanchanaburi, Thailand. I love this trek. Love it.
Once we crossed the border, I saw this guy looking for Bobby Ial. I took a wild guess and asked if I was his guy. I was! Seriously though, my last name reeks havoc on asian people. It’s a really difficult one for them. It’s so cute how long it can take for them to get my last name sort of right :)
I’ve always been a fan of the 3rd class train from Bangkok out to Kanchanaburi. Dan and Kim enjoying the ride…
I’ve stayed at some of the finest places on the planet. 5 star resorts in Milan, Fiji, Thailand… Private villa in the South of France. A centuries old stone house out on Lake Lugano in Switzerland… By far, my favorite place to stay in the world is this tiny guesthouse out on the River Kwai. Here’s the sunset view from our floating rooms :)
The next day is animals day. We start out the day riding elephants around the jungle and then into the river — one of my favorite experiences to date.
Dan and Denise.
Josh, Kim, an elephant, a mahoot, and the River Kwai :)
Matt getting sprayed by his elephant. So much fun!
Later that day, we headed out to chill with some tigers! Here’s Dan manning up and getting his tiger on…
I’m just walking a tiger, is all. No big deal, right?
I’ve been going to Tiger temple every year for the last five years. I’m told by people who protest it that the tigers are drugged, that they are mistreated, that the monks don’t spend any money on developing the temple to better suit the tigers (and rather keep it for themselves)… I’m so glad to see first hand, every year, over and over again that all these claims are false. They now allow a small group of people to be present for play time after the temple closes. These tigers play fought their hearts out. It was like watching Remmy and Trouble wrestle and fetch… just with the ability to rip my arms off if they wanted :P The grounds are yet again hard to recognize at parts (due to the constant improvements). In my opinion, the facility is better for tigers than the tiger exhibits at the San Diego zoo or the Wild Animal Park — two of the world’s most famous zoos. I didn’t take but a couple photos of exercise time — I was either watching in awe or videoing. I’ll upload the video sometime soon…
The grounds at the temple are humongous. Hundreds of acres. Apart from the tigers, they have herds of cattle, water buffalo, wild boar, horses, peacocks… just tons of free roaming animals that they accept on the grounds. For one reason or another, roaming on these hundreds of acres is a camel. Such an interesting, odd, and awesome animal! He’s been there the last few times so I was glad to see him again :)
p.s. if you want to come on next year’s RPTE, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “RPTE” and I’ll get you on the list f