We spent a few days in Bangkok, where we visited a floating market, a tiger temple, and several Buddhist temples. The floating markets are exactly what they sound like, different shops and vendors working out of boats or stalls set up on the sides of a small maze of waterways. We hired a boat to take us through the markets, and did quite a bit of shopping. Next, we stopped at the tiger temple, which was a section of a wildlife park where visitors were able to pet live tigers. At first I was concerned, because I’d heard that the animals might be sedated so they were safe around people, but I did a little research and found that the tigers were worked out really hard in the morning, so they were tired by the afternoon when people were interacting with them.
After that we took an overnight train to Khao Sok national park, where we spent a night in floating bungalow on the lake. It was a little overcast but the water felt like bathwater, so we swam across the lake. Unfortunately it rained a LOT on our way over, so all our clothes were soaked, and it’s so humid in Thailand that nothing really dried.
After that, we spent the last few days on Koh Phangan, a beautiful island off the coast of southern Thailand. The resort was right on a beach, and had a couple of pools, one of which was an infinity pool. It was so beautiful!
Our last day we rode elephants and got to play with monkeys, it was a perfect end to an incredible trip.
Eventually, we had to say goodbye to Thailand and we flew “home” (back to Sydney.) On that trip I made several new friends, two of which were physics and math majors from UCLA, they happen to go to UNSW and live in our building here in Sydney. We have so much in common, and now we’re planning a trip to New Zealand with each other and one of my friends from Syracuse.
Wonderful pictures, and we just love elephants!
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