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Holiday 2015 – Day 7 – Sai Yok National Park, Thailand

June 4th, 2015

This morning we started with a very early rise, and we met our tour guide Kiki at 6am. We then made our way to the longest wooden bridge in Thailand. The longest wooden bridge in Thailand takes you to the Mon Village. The mon village is made up entirely of people from Burma (different country) and most of them do not even speak Thai. The town has no political leaders / police and they make up their own rules, and have no crime at all

When crossing the bridge, you have the opportunity to buy food for the monks, with many monks waiting with the bowls. At dawn the local Buddhist monks travel from their temples to the bridge, where local people offer food in exchange for blessings. Each monk carries a large silver lidded bowl, wrapped in orange and with a shoulder strap. When the bowl is full, they return to the temple, where the food is shared.  After purchasing food for the monks and making our way across the bridge, we returned to the hotel for breakfast

Sangkhlaburi, Thailand – Feeding of the Monks

Sangkhlaburi, Thailand – View From Mon Village Bridge

Mon Village – Market

After the breakfast we made our way to the Wat Wang Wiwekaram temple and had the chance to offer blessings to Buddha. This temple was influenced by Burmese architecture as this was still on the Mon Village side.  After offering the blessings to the Buddha, we where given the Buddhist lucky beads.

Sangkhlaburi, Thailand – Wat Wang Wiwekaram Temple

Sangkhlaburi, Thailand – Wat Wang Wiwekaram Temple

Sangkhlaburi, Thailand – Wat Wang Wiwekaram Temple

Sangkhlaburi, Thailand – Wat Wang Wiwekaram Temple

After the temple we made our way to the Three Pagoda Pass, the border between Thailand and Burma (Myanmar) where the Death Railway track ends. I kind  of expected the Three Pagoda’s to be bigger, but they are actually pretty tiny. Thai people can give a same day visa to cross into Myanmar, but they have to return the same day and cannot spend the night. Foreigners cannot cross at this border as its classified as a “temporary border post”

Three Pagoda Pass – Thailand and Burma Border

Three Pagoda Pass – Thailand and Burma Border

After a quick Thai lunch we visited a local market, and then made our way to the Sai Yak. The park’s major attractions are its waterfalls, including Sai Yok Yai waterfall which flows into the Khwae Noi river. During the Japanese occupation of Thailand these teak trees were felled for use as railway sleepers on the Death Railway.

On arrival we took barge up the river and past the first of the waterfalls, and then made a u-turn, at which point we got to jump off the barge and float back down the river using the current. With the heat here it is really nice to get to jump into the river and cool down a bit, and its fun to float down the river and play in the waterfalls. We floated back down to the barge which was parked at the second waterfall.

Sai Yok National Park – Waterfall

Sai Yok National Park – Waterfall

Sai Yok National Park – Waterfall

Sai Yok National Park – Waterfall

The evening ended with a lovely 1 hour Thai massage, which hurt like hell at some points, but felt fantastic afterwards!

We are now at the Sai Yok View Raft hotel, which is actually floating on the river, its incredibly beautiful and peaceful.

Tomorrow we will be off to the hot springs, and then to the tiger temple, more updates then!