We were lucky enough to have fun, wild and knowledgable guides that enriched our travels by sharing with us the stories that are not found in guide books and taking us through the back entrances of monuments to bypass tourists. Our guide in Thailand, Tong, shared secret stories about the Kind and Queen of Thailand that we promised never to share because she would be arrested for sharing the Kings scandals . Naughty, naughty king...... Your secret is safe with us Tong!
Later in the day we made our way over to the Tiger Temple. Its actually a sanctuary for wild animals but is famous to tourists because its one of a few places where you can walk next to and actually pet the tigers and have your picture taken with them. I had a huge problem with this!!! There are Thai monks here that care for and feed the tigers and they claim they are tame and friendly. Do they not know who Siegfried and Roy are!!!!! These are wild animals no matter how used to humans they are and things always go wrong at some point. I was so upset by the throngs of nasty tourists rubbing and petting and even trying to kiss them after being repeatedly asked not to. I had my camera at the ready to document an actual mauling. I actually hoped for it. Is that wrong?