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In the tiger land....

and militia with water guns in Bangkok.

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Another awesome animal encounter, this time with tigers at the Tiger Temple in Thailand. We patted and played with tiger cubs, shampooed and washed them, made them jump with cat toys and walked the adult tigers on a lead. We were then placed in a 'cage' (4 foot high dodgy cyclone fencing!) as the large tigers were let into the canyon pool. The carers made them jump into the water and leap for their toys. Another unbelievable experience in Thailand. Thanks to Bangkok Day Tours and our guide, Tania and driver Mr Joe!
When we returned to Bangkok in the afternoon, we went to the famous MBK shopping centre to replace my dodgy lens. The trip there and back was eventful - M missed the train and A and T were left at the other end with only one ticket and no money! Managed to eventually meet up. Sunday was 'Songkran' - the new years day where everyone throws water or uses water pistols on each other. We all got sufficiently wet! Rather the water guns rather than the real ones Bangkok has been famous for of late!
That head was heavy

That head was heavy

T sharing a nap

T sharing a nap

M with tiger cub

M with tiger cub

Not happy tiger cub

Not happy tiger cub

Posted by adtamo 18:38 Archived in Thailand

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Hi Adrian,

This is David Ford, we met in April in Turkey in a tour with Abraham tours. I am going with my future wife to Thailand and Cambodia from Oct 31st to Nov 8th 2015. We have an idea of places to visit: Phuket, Phi Phi islands, Khao Sok National Park, Bangkok, Angkor Thom and Eerie Ta Phrom.

We would appreciate if you could recommend us hotels to stay, tours to hire and a general view of what to visit. Your blog is awesome! Thanks a lot.

Best,

David Ford

by davideford

Hey David,

Good to hear from you. Wow exciting times ahead with your upcoming wedding and another overseas holiday. Absolutely I'm happy to assist.

In Cambodia we used Kimleng photography tours >> http://kimlengsang.com/. Kimleng is superb, he runs well priced trips and just knows where to take you and when to avoid the biggest crowds. As well as the usual places around Siem Reap, Angkor Wat/Angkor Throm & Ta Phrom I highly recommend spending 1/2-1 day with Kimleng in the villages around Siem Reap. This was one of the most memorable days we have ever had on holiday, the local people are just so friendly in particular the amazing children.
In Thailand we have only been to Bangkok and the surrounding areas. In Bangkok I would recommend the Grand palace complex and Wat Pho. Outside of Bangkok we used Bangkok day tours for an overnight trip to swim with the Elephants and visit Tiger temple. The tour itself was really well priced for what was offered. The entire family just loved the elephant experience, in particular the opportunity to swim with elephants. However I have mixed feelings on Tiger temple. Whilst it was amazing to be able to interact with tiger cubs I am a little less certain about how the older tigers are treated. The cages for the tigers are appalling.

Best of luck with the wedding and planning your honeymoon. Please feel free to drop me a line if you have any further queries. My email is [email protected]

Rgds,
Adrian

by adtamo

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