Jul 29, 2008
Aug 30, 2008
Where I stayed
Sam's River Raft House
Besided complaining,we did do some cool stuff. We went to Erawan nat'l park where we hiked seven steps of waterfalls. Got to swim in the pools. The fish bite (not hard). Also we were climbing up the lovely trail when a family of monkeys ran by like two feet away (insert pict of adorable baby monkey here). They were cute and kinda hung out and played like the gibbons but different. Got to see the WWII cemetery where thousands POW's are burried from being forced to build the railway through thailand to Myanmar by the Japanese. Also really amazing. I'm glad I came even though it was really creepy with the fat ugly white men and all and there's a lot of other stuff to do besides hugging a tiger. We're picking up Rachel from the airport tonight so I should probably go figure out how to find that bus.
This is the craziest place. I really think I hate it here. Not everything. Our room is literally floating on a barge on the river Kwai with a Wat (temple) in the distance to the South and the Bridge over the River Kwai in the distance to the North. Gorgeous really . . . until we realized that everytime we flushed/showered it went into the river. This place is like another planet. Tons of fat ugly white men with Thai ladies. Tons of sex tourism and crappy tourist bars, like the "Irish Gecko" or the "get shitfaced on a shoestring" bar. I feel like Kanchanaburi is a jumping off point for a lot of cool stuff but the actual town, well, I'm sure wasn't where the locals hang out unfortunately. They have crazy things like you can get up and close with an elephant or a tiger. When you walk down the street there's pict of tourist babies sitting on the back of a tiger or "hug a tiger". Is that crazy? I really feel like these animals don't want you to "hug" them and I like the kittens more than most people, really I do. So we didn't do any of these things as we didn't want to be mauled. Didn't Sigfreid get mauled by his tiger that he had raised since it was little?