The Tiger Tale

Trip Start Mar 11, 2017
Trip End Apr 04, 2017

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Intercontinental Hotel

Flag of Thailand  , Bangkok,
Friday, March 17, 2017

The Tiger Tale

We met our driver at 7am for an early start. We are going to see the floating market with options on seeing some tigers and maybe an elephant ride. Traffic is not too bad at 7am so we at the floating market by 8:30. We get on a boat that looks like a long canoe with a motor on the back. Not your regular outboard motor but a four cylinder Izuzu engine with a long shaft that turns a propeller. The whole contraption turns like a rudder for steering the oversized canoe. The market is interesting, but there is nothing I want to buy. You could get anything from soup to nuts as well as furniture and cars. We made a stop at a Buddhist temple as well.

Next we drive to the tiger park. Son, our driver is confirming the number of fingers and toes we have now. The idea is to pay your money and you pet a tiger. It sounds dubious to me but I pay for Dianne and I. Liz and Alan go first. They are let into the open center area where there are two pretty big tigers. The cats seem nice enough, and they like to have their pictures taken. Nobody looses any digits and now it's our turn. I think Dianne is nervous as we take off our shoes to enter the tigers home. She whispers to me "They can smell fear" You try to relax a bit in the presence of the big cat, but it isn't easy. I am not a cat lover and I think these cats know it. We snap some photos and touch the sweaty cat while the others look on. It's over and we put on our shoes to leave. There are some baby tigers we take some pictures of as we are leaving. Now we are going to ride the elephant.

I like elephants so this should be easier. There is a basket on top of the pachyderm large enough for two, with a seatbelt. We do it up and off we go, trundling down the path. It is not the most pleasant mode of transport, but the elephant does cover some ground fairly quickly. We even ride him (I think him) through some water that is around 4 feet deep. I'm glad I don't have to ride him back to Bangkok.

We found a restaurant close to our hotel for supper and call it a night fairly early. Tomorrow, we meet some new folks for the start of the official tour.
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