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All Thailand Experiences Tour of Kanchanaburi, Tiger Temple
Photo Journal by our client Robert Craig

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Uthai Thani exit has mile upon mile of dual carriageway with a magnificent central floral display. Entering Sugar Cane country, many heavily loaded trucks - some not so well balanced. Day of the Tigers. Long and difficult wheelchair trek, through nature reserve, see a few animals. Eventually a Tiger is seen - my chair, may provoke a reaction, so is not allowed closer than 100 metre With 300mm lens, and blow-up, I photo feeding of tigers with milk, from bottles with teets!!! Henry weighs up situation, it's his turn to sit beside the King Tiger, and give it a cuddle. All goes well but Nok, using Henry's camera, misses the key photo, Person, following Henry, provokes an incident (see below). Tiger is led away in disgrace, by a Monk. A general exodus follows (includes some cubs), all closely supervised by the pink shirted minders.
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9 - 10th February, Transfer to Uthai Thani for 2 nights

road to Kanchanaburi
Uthai Thani exit has mile upon mile of dual carriageway with a magnificent central floral display.
carriages with sugar cane
Entering Sugar Cane country, many heavily loaded trucks
loading sugar cane
river Kwai
Kwai River is just a few metre from our room
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The story of the Tiger Temple is an amazing one, everything is done to keep the tigers "tame", feeding on milk, etc. However some things will provoke them, for example bright colours. So, at the far entrance to the reserve there are two "bouncers" who, without argument, reject any visitor wearing bright colours, especially red. We witnessed several irate ladies from a coach being so treated. I reckon we were lucky to get the chair through, even though the 100m rule was strictly enforced.
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I photo feeding of tigers with milk
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Henry weighs up situation, it's his turn to sit beside the King Tiger
Henry and tiger
and give it a cuddle
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Person, following Henry, provokes an incident. - immediately after Henry there came a very tall, American lady, dressed from head to toe in a snow white pyjama suit and well perfumed. As she manoeuvred to sit beside the tiger he turned abruptly, with a grin and a growl and laid his paw on her. She was very startled, completely terrified and fell over backwards - the ever present pink shirted minders rushed in to lift her away. I must say my sympathy was with the tiger; as two of the female minders, then subjected him to a most humiliating, 10 minute scolding. The session was abandoned.
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tiger and monk
Tiger is led away in disgrace, by a monk
Train on the bridge over the river Kwai

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Copyright: ROBERT CRAIG - MAY 2009 (Includes both Text and Images).

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