Trip Start Jun 12, 2007
26Trip End Aug 14, 2007
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Zakk says: We went bamboo rafting, which is using a raft made from bamboo to float down the river. We jumped off and did flips off the raft, but mostly my Mom just sat on the raft. We also went to the Tiger Temple, where I got to sit on the tiger, and take him for a walk. We also got a necklace with a tiger tooth at the bottom.
Robyn says: We stayed for 2 nights at a jungley type stilt house overlooking the river and another two nights on a floating bamboo raft house, where the kids spend the whole time racing to the top of the raft to fling themselves into the river to have the current sweep them quickly past the houseboat and then swim strongly to catch the last raft floating behind us, then clamber across and leap from raft to raft to get back to the top to start again
Thailand has modernised greatly since my visit in 1987, but lots of things I remember too. Like friendly people and amazing food. Not so many children about these days. Even better organized and adept at tantalizing you with excurisions designed to part you from your money but still make you feel like it's worth it and it has been.
Paul says: A two hour train ride from Bangkok to Kanchanburi gave the family a chance to have some quality time together and Zakk particularly enjoyed developing a deeper and more meaningful relationship with his Game Boy. The hard wooden bench and steady rocking motion of the train required constant clenching of the cheeks to maintain a balanced posture on the seat. My buttocks are now buff and toned to masculine perfection (see photos).
Our first excursion from Kanchanaburi was to the Tiger Temple, were the local Buddhist monastery have been taking in orphaned, confiscated and other "problem" tigers. They plan to eventually build a sanctuary for the tigers and release them once they truly understand how to live a non-violent lifestyle and are content to live on a diet of tofu and bean salad. The monks stressed how important it is not to release the tigers until they could prove they were no longer a danger to the community. Unacceptable behaviour, such as eating small children is severely frowned on.
Next day was Zakk's birthday (9th) so we treated him to the "everything worth doing around here in a day" tour. First take a swim and feed the fish with your protruding body parts, (I personally had all my bits securely taped down with duct tape before swimming) at the waterfalls
Having done "everything worth doing around here in a day" we were then able to spend the next two days in Kanchanaburi doing nothing at all except sitting around on the raft house watching the kids float downstream into the distance. Did you know that sound volume of someone crying for help is inversely proportional to the square of the distance they are away. This trip is proving very educational.
After two extremely relaxing days we got back on the train to Bangkok for more buttock clenching fun.