Tiger Temple Thailand
In Kanchanaburi Province there is a forest temple, founded in 1994, which has become a sanctuary for numerous wild animals. While it is more commonly known as The Tiger Temple, its correct name is Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua Yannasampanno.
The abbot, Phra Acharn Phusit, has been caring for abandoned tigers since 1999. The mother of the first cub he took in had been killed by poachers. The first tiger cub died from its injuries, but a few weeks later two more tiger cubs were rescued from poachers and brought to the temple.
Word soon spread and more abandoned or injured tigers were brought to the temple. By 2005 there were 17 tigers at the temple. Seven were orphans rescued from the wild and ten have been born and bred here at the temple. Update 230309 - there are currently 38 tigers at the temple.
The monastery is situated in an area lying adjacent to Burma. Protected areas and national parks along the Thai-Burma border are believed to contain the largest surviving populations of tigers in Thailand.
Unfortunately, while these areas are protected, poaching still occurs. A poacher can earn a farmer's equivalent of several years' salary for killing a tiger, so the profit is well worth the risk. After the mother tiger is killed the cubs are taken as a bonus, or left to fend for themselves in the jungle.
Ladies: please note that the Temple has recently tightened their dress requirements. You must have your shoulders covered and have no visible cleavage - a t-shirt is a good choice. Shorts must be long, finishing just above the knee. Tights cannot be worn as an outer garment. For everyone, no red, purple or pink clothing.
Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua Yannasampanno
We'll time your arrival at the Tiger Temple to coincide with the feeding of the tiger cubs.
These cubs are very playful and this will be a very enjoyable time for you.
TT1 Tiger Temple Day Tour
Departs Bangkok 07:00 and includes:
- Cemetery of Allied Prisoners of War
- Bridge over the River Kwai
- Lunch near the Tiger Temple
- Walk with the Tigers at Tiger Temple
- Optional visit to Elephant Camp
(600 baht extra)
Late afternoon will see a return to Bangkok.