Tiger Temple, or Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, a Buddhist Temple in western Thailand, about 38 km northwest of Kanchanaburi, was established in 1994 as a forest temple and sanctuary for wild animals. There are many animals in the sanctuary but the most notable are Asian tigers. There is almost 150 tigers in the sanctuary. The tigers can also be touched by visitors if you desire. This takes place in mod day when the tigers are quite tired and want to nap. This makes it safe but always be careful and listen to the tiger handlers. There is a skywalk built above the tiger enclosures which I highly recommend you seek out for you can see that many of the tigers have quite large enclosures to live out their lives.
The animals are free roaming within the sanctuary with the exception of the tigers, which are tame enough to guided around the sanctuary on strong leashes. The other animals in the sanctuary include buffalo, deer, wild boar and others. There are no cages for these animals but they are quite tame and well cared for.
Other animals in the Sanctuary:
There are many floating markets throughout Thailand, many within a couple of hours drive of Bangkok. There are colorfully clad merchants at these lively markets paddling their goods, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, along congested canals in sturdy canoes to sell to shoppers on the banks. These markets are busy with lots of chatter and activity. Bargaining is common at these markets but don’t expect to get the price down more than 10 percent. Many of the floating markets are open only weekends, so plan your trip accordingly. For a history of Floating Markets in Thailand click here...
The most famous of the floating markets is Damnoen Saduak and is located about 100 kilometers southwest of Bangkok. Damnoen Saduak is actually the name of the canal dug in the reign of King Rama IV (mid 1800’s). The canal was constructed to connect the Taachin River in Samutsakorn Province and Maeklong River in Samutsongkram Province together and allow for easier transport of goods along the waterways .
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market has been developed primarily for foreign tourists to get a taste of the floating market culture in a short period of time. The market is open 7 days a week, making it more convenient for the tourist who are not on a normal work week. In this market the roles of sellers and buyers have been reversed where the tourists are giving a boat tour and most of the vendors are along the edge of the canals of the city. This buzzing market is best ti visit in the early morning before the crowds arrive and the heat of the day builds up.
I only recently realized that I had not posted my photos from my trip this year to Khao Kitchakut and the Buddha Footprint. I understand that three visits gives you good luck but I think the real luck comes from three consecutive years. But maybe I will get partial luck.
The summit of Khao Kitchakut is visited by thousands of Thais and a few foreigners to pay respect to Buddha. The area of the footprint is within a National park and is only open for this retreat 3 months out of the year. The people on the trail are friendly and it is always a nice experience. It is fun to take photos as well... :)
I decided to show you photos from all my trips in this posting. Kind of a payment for forgetting to post earlier, hope you enjoy.
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