Day Trip to the Floating Market and the Tiger Temple

Like most of the travelers, Thailand was one of the countries that we always wanted to visit. During our stay in Bangkok, we had been on a trip to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and the Tiger Temple at Kanchanaburi. We had booked the tour at the hotel. Hence we had our ride ready for the trip and it took us about 1½ hrs to reach the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.

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It was a beautiful market with vendors selling the local produce and the fruits from their small boats. The market had many stalls selling clothing, food, souvenirs and artefacts. We can get to taste many varieties of Thai food here. We picked up a few lovely Thai handicrafts here. Your bargaining skills can really be very helpful. They also had some large snakes to photograph with; though we skipped it.

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Then we went on a boat ride through the beautiful village and the banana groves in spite of mild showers. There were beautiful houses with large gardens and shops on both sides of the canal. The houses were built on land though parts of the building were above the pillars in the canals.

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Then we visited the Bridge on the River Kwai near Kanchanaburi built as part of the Burma Railway or the Death Railway. Tourist train still operates on the bridge. The view from the bridge is very amazing. Nearby attractions include the War Museum and the War Cemetery.

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We visited the Tiger Temple. The animals in the temple include monkeys, deers, buffalos, bears, etc.  We could find many tigers fostered by the Buddhist Monks of the adjacent monastery. We could feed the tigers here. We had our photographs taken with the tigers. Surprisingly, I was bolder caressing a tiger than a snake….

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After a lengthy and eventful day we headed back to our hotel in Bangkok.


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