We have just returned from our 3 day/2 night tour in Kanchabanuri. I had a great time! Our accommodations weren't that good, but the things we did were amazing. The highlight was this morning... I went with about 7 other people from our tour group early in the morning to bathe the elephants. We rode them bareback into the Kwai River and frolicked around with them for about a half an hour. It was probably one of the coolest things I have ever done! They are so enormous. It was a little scary the first few moments on top of it, but I got comfortable quite quickly.
The day before we went to Erewan Waterfall. We hiked up to the "7th step" (7 tiered falls). We swam in the crystal clear blue pools at the base of tier 7 & 4. I was really freaked out by the fish because if you stop moving, they come up and nibble or poke at your feet and legs. Yucky! I went down a rock that was like a slide into the pool. Very fun!
We also went to Tiger Temple. It is a tiger rehabilitation place that is run by monks (I think). We got to pose with the tigers and get our picture taken. I have never been so close to wild animals in my life! I think the tigers must have been drugged or something. They were really mellow.
We went on a bamboo raft ride this morning after breakfast. It was quite relaxing floating down the Kwai River. Some people jumped in and floated in the river. I decided not to since I just showered after swimming with the elephant.
Tomorrow I'm going to get up at 5:00 a.m. and take a taxi to Lumphini Park to do my 16 mile run. I can't get off my training schedule for the marathon. I have no idea how far it is around the park, but I may end up doing several loops to get the 16 miles in. I don't want to risk getting lost by venturing around too much. I'll have money with me so in case I decide to venture off, I'll be able to pay for a cab ride back to the hotel. This should be interesting!
So far I'm enjoying the food a lot. The food on the tour was hit and miss. There were a couple meals that were kind of bland, but others were really yummy, like the pad thai for lunch, the pork green curry and a veggie stir fry type thing. The breakfasts were gross on the tour. I just ate my Kashi bar and white toast this morning. We're back at Hotel De' Moc in Bangkok now which has an amazing buffet breakfast. Can't wait to pig out after my run!
I'm off to eat dinner. Until next time....