i'm going to thailand this summer and since i just saw a documentary on tv i have 3 questions and was wondering if anybody knew...so:
one: there seems to be a convent were they keep tiger and live with them as if they were just cats...where is it???
two: i'd like to do one of those elephant-trips through the jungle, did anybody do this?
three: where's the best place for diving and would you you suggest to plan this before leaving or is it easy to find a diving school or something down there (i've never done it before..)?
it would be great if anyone could help me, thanks a lot!!!
oh and: i thank the guy who asked the rain-question, since i'm going to be there in july,that was something i wanted to ask too so: thanks!
and "thanks" to the guy who answered, i'm so glad to hear (everybody at home kept telling me that i would be in mud to my ears so: thanks for making me right )
Man, there is no keeping up with the posts at the moment! I have heard about forums taking off but a six hour old post is way down the list on 'all threads' which I usually check.... phew; time to quit my day job and devote myself to forum answers
Hey Lidia! I started off in this thread cos I just wanted to let you know that I have done the elephant thing through the jungle and it was great fun! The only thing you want to watch out for is to either wear longish pants or not to be conned into sitting on the head of the elephant instead of on the platform. I was of course conned into doing this (ok, I thought it was cool when I said yes ) but ended up with the reddest thighs ever. An elephant hair (yes, they have them) is thicker than a beard hair and longer and really pokes into your skin. Imagine kissing a guy with an unshaven face for a really long time and what happens to your lips after that (ok, how I got to that comparison I have NO idea.... it's only hearsay though, I swear!).
Plenty of diving schools in Thailand and this would definitely not be the kind of thing I would arrange before leaving. When I was there (2000) the place to dive was Koh Tao which is near Koh Pha Ngan (full moon party). There were 26 diving schools on what is a pretty tiny island so you shouldn't have a problem there...
Hope that helps!
I visited a tiger sanctuary in Kanchanaburi, which is run by monks, and you get to hold and feed cubs. It was very basic but you do get to be very close to tigers! I managed to get a deal where a guide took me and several others to the sanctuary and then on to visit the bridge over the river Kwai and back to my floating bungalow. Made my life a whole lot easier!
I also did elephant treking while i was in the north near Chang Dao, but i think you can do it lots of other places too. It can be arranged very easily while in country, by tour guides/operators - but be careful not to get a really bad/very touristy deal.
For scuba diving - Koh Tao is the best - it is the "diving island", and you can visit Koh Samui and Koh Phan Nga on your way or way back from it - well worth doing! Wait until you are on the island - or at least at Chumphon or Surat Thani - to arrange the best diving school.
hope this helps