Planning a holiday in Thailand I assumed that I must see such places as Kanchanaburi and its famous bridge on the Kwai River, Tigers Temple and Waterfalls Erewan.
To Kanchnaburi we arrived by bus from Bangkok from a South bus station. The bus departs every few minutes, and journey depended on the traffic takes less than 3 hours.
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Next from the City Centre in less than 10 minutes we reached by local taxi (pick up where you sit down on a bench “on the large parcel”) to our “hotel” VN Guesthouse, where we stayed in s room placed on the special raft. Conditions weren’t royal, especially after the stay in really good hotel in Bangkok, however were completely suitable for us. There was warm water, air-condition as well as better price, 13 USD for the room. Delicate rocking the entire room was a minus, but after 1 day we got used to it. Hotel had also its restaurant, in which the food was so delicious that I dare to claim that probably anywhere else in Thailand I didn’t eat such.
Kanchanaburi VN Guesthouse – room
Kanchanaburi VN Guesthouse – restaurant
Kanchanaburi VN Guesthouse – view from the terrace
Kanchanaburi VN Guesthouse – entrance
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VN-Guesthouse is about 2.5 km from the bridge, so it is possible to go there on foot. However, we decided to rent a scooter. Price for renting a scooter in Kanchanaburi for 2 days it’s about 400 BTH that is about 13 USD. For the first time in my life I ride on a scooter and with passenger, so at the beginning it was really funny… especially when in order to turn I had to make a half-kilometer arc.
Bridge on the Kwai River doesn’t make such huge impression but e.g. I felt something unusual in this place, particularly when I thought about these estimated 100 thousand people who died building among others this bridge.
Kanchanaburi – bridge on the Kwai River
…and here girls dancing during beer drinks! However, it is necessary to be careful because e.g. in the foreground dances a man!
On the second day of our stay in Kanchanaburi, in the morning we went to elephant camp (we bought a trip day earlier in the hotel). Journey lasted about 1 hour and in the place we saw different kinds of animals and among them of course elephants. Ride on the elephant began from claiming on him through a special landing. We sat on a special small bench, and if somebody wanted could sit down on the elephant neck.
During the ride we fed our animal with bananas, which we bought for symbolic amount in the camp. So that the elephant flash his trumpet out for the snack it was simply to pat his head. The travel wasn’t too long, because lasted for about 30 minutes, but was a really interesting experience.
After return we thought that it was over, however it turned out that we also had a bath. Of course bath with the elephant. Sitting on we entered into the river and we scrubbed them with a special brush as well as soap. To the trainers order an elephant practically entire went into water.
Kanchanaburi – elephant camp
Kanchanaburi – ride on the elephant
Kanchanaburi – bath with the elephant
Kanchanaburi – elephants
After fun with these gentle herbivores on the same day we went to see huge predators.
Tigers Temple is distant from Kanchanaburi less than an hour of travel by car. For the entrance must pay 600 Baht, that is about 19 USD.
However, if somebody would like to have possibility of the closer meeting with tigers and take photos with them, then such pleasure costs additionally about 32 USD i.e. total 51 USD.
It isn’t cheap attraction but whether it isn’t worthwhile to spend in order to experience such remarkable moment, which may never again in the life happen? After all, not every day we are able to cuddle to one of the largest land predators in the world.
Generally the Tigers Temple is quite sizeable area. After passing the gate we can freely practically everywhere move. We can come across various animals, however the most interest are located at the end of route in Canyon. To tigers which of course are tied with thick chains comes up individually holding the hand of Thai “guardian”. Unfortunately I had to give the camera back to “Guardian” and all the time he made photos for me. Staying there tourists differently reacted, however surprisingly I wasn’t afraid at all and without a problem I cuddled to tigers or hold their tails, etc.
Apparently never happened there any tragic accident, so who knows whether e.g. you (if you will go there) won’t be the first.
Apart described canyon on the temple area it is also possible in some places to come across tigers, however this happens only when e.g. some monk walks with the animal on leash, like he walked with a dog. Additionally, there is one point where are small tigers.
On the last day of stay in Kanchanaburi we decided to visit also the Waterfalls Erewan.
We got up early and we went on the bus. However, something didn’t work out because we probably stood at the bad stop since any bus arrived.
We wanted to get as soon as possible to waterfalls; therefore we decided to take taxi for all day long. Taxi driver took us to the place and all the time waited for our return.
I don’t remember how much exactly we paid, but I don’t think that it was more than 32 USD.
Erewan Waterfalls are located in the distance of 80 kilometers from Kanchanaburi in one of the most well-known national parks of Thailand. Waterfalls consist of 7 levels. I in sandals without a problem reached the peak, although due to considerable humidity of air I sweated a lot. On third level are located “slides” and more precisely big rocks on which it is possible to slide into the water. In the water it is necessary to intensively move limbs, otherwise swimming there fish will pluck you, what for me at the beginning wasn’t too pleasant experience.
Generally it was a very jolly trip. Beautiful, picturesque views and fresh air assuaged my senses and firmly loaded batteries up.