And meeting elephants for the first time
14.04.2011 30 °C
This Monday was Gege’s birthday, but unfortunately, we didn’t really have time to do something special, because we were leaving for Ayutthaya later in the day. We did manage to visit Dusit park and zoo in the morning, though.
It wasn’t too big, so manageable in a morning and it was rather nice. Upon arrival we were visited by the nastiest creepy crawly we’ve seen so far. A huge centipede – and when I say huge, I do mean huge – lazily came walking from between my feet when I was applying sunscreen. Let’s just say that I have the right to scream like a girl.
We didn’t like the aquarium; it was simply cruel and heartbreaking to see so many fish in such small boxes. There was an aquarium no larger than the average backyard swimming pool with at least 40 nurse sharks and a ray in it. So we went out quickly.
The snake cave was a lot better. They had many types of snakes, a lot of them indigenous to the area, and the terrariums were large and well done.
In other news, we felt less warm, even though it was supposed to be one of the warmest days so far.
We got lucky at the meerkats, as they were being fed just as we walked up. Tried to make a movie of it, but since we put the battery back the wrong way around after charging, there was some confusion. I am certain I taped the washing of the elephants after their show, though. (We didn’t see the show, it ended just as we came to the ring).
Here's the video I made (finally):
Link to YouTube.
After we had seen everything in the zoo, we went back to the hostel to pick up our bags and set out for Ayutthaya. Once there it took some time to find a hostel. Not because there were no rooms, but because they didn’t want to drop the price, even though it’s low season. Finally, we had dinner at Tony’s and did some shopping. We bought Gege a little birthday cake, to have some sort of celebration after all.
Time spent in Asia: 4 days
Sights seen: 8
Travel time: 16 hours