Beyond Bangkok: Visit to Kanchanaburi
|Bridge over the River Kwai|
|Train heading down towards us on the bridge|
|Street hawkers selling colorful sarongs by the bridge|
|Fruit stand by the bridge|
In recent years, Kanchanaburi has also become increasingly known for the "Tiger Temple" or Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua. It is essentially a Buddhist temple that also serves as a sanctuary for wild animals, including several tigers. It started off when local villagers rescued a tiger cub from poachers and handed it over to the monks at the temple. Over time, more tigers were rescued and given to the monks to be cared for, leading to a sizable number of tigers residing at the temple. What is amazing is that these tigers are completely human-friendly! Visitors can come to the Tiger Temple and have their pictures taken with the tigers who sit meekly on the lap! There has been a fair bit of controversy around these animals - whether they should be raised outsider their natural surroundings? Whether they are being drugged so that tourists can pose for pictures with them? I got my picture taken with one, and I have to admit that I felt quite uncomfortable. Was the tiger on my lap drugged, or was he simply trained to be quiet and tame around humans? I can't say for sure but it was certainly fear-inducing and awe-inspiring to look directly into the eyes of such a magnificent beast.
|A tiger gazing out|
|Water buffalos can also be found roaming inside the Tiger Temple|
|Obligatory photo with water buffalos in the backdrop|
|The tiger and I|
We stayed at the Dheva Mantra Resort & Spa in Kanchanaburi, which was a beautiful 5-star hotel along the River Kwai. The place was reminiscent of a bygone era with buildings in the colonial style. The rooms were expansive and tastefully done as well. Definitely recommend a stay there if you're visiting!
|An inviting pool overlooking the River Kwai|
|A bar cart awaiting imbibers in the lobby|
|Relaxing by the pool|