Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tiger Temple of Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Date Visited: 14th February 2013

When I went Bangkok for second time with my family, I booked a day tour to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Bridge on the River Kwai and Kanchanaburi Tiger Temple. Unfortunately we didn't manage to visit Bridge on the River Kwai because our driver was overslept while waiting for us in our hotel early morning. Time was so limited that we even didn't have more extra time to explore the floating market itself. 

Day 4 Bangkok, Thailand - Damnoen Saduak Floating Market 05

From the floating market, the journey took more than three hours to reach Kanchanaburi Tiger Temple and seriously, our butt were really in pain for sitting in such long hours. In between, we had a short break for lunch which included in our private tour. Before enter into the temple, we were required to sign an undertaking absolving the temple management of responsibility in case of accidents. It's compulsory for every visitor as one is going to encounter the naturally wild animals.

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#2: Colourful flower pots decorated as welcome signboard

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#3: Daily encounters

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#4: Map of Kanchanaburi Tiger Temple

Located in Thailand's Kanchanaburi province, which not far away from Myanmar border, this tiger temple is a Buddhist temple operated for over ten years. Locally known as Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, this temple sanctuary which not just keep and care tigers, but as well as numerous animals such as several herds of deer, bears, peacocks, water buffalo, cows, goats, and boars. Except for tigers and bears, the rest of the animals were roaming freely around the temple.

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#5: A cattle of water buffalo were enjoying themselves soaking in the water

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#6: We even got to up close and personal with the deer as well

As this is a temple, visitors are required to dress appropriately whereby sleeveless and shorts are not allowed to enter. Even bright colours attire are not allowed as this will be easily attract the animals to attack the visitors.

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#7: The main character of this temple

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#8: Visitors were allowed to play with the tigers where they were not being chained. You dare?

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#9: The bears were kept in bad condition. See how dirty was the water!

Frankly speaking, I would not recommend anyone to visit this so-called tourist spot cause it was so cruel to see how the tigers and the rest of the animals were mistreated and in pitiable and sweltering conditions mainly for commercial purposes. Initially, my intention is to get up close and personal with the tigers cause I was born on the tiger year (now you can guess how old am I) but I was absolutely regret after this visit. So please, don't ever support and visit this Tiger Temple. 

Booking Information for Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Bridge on the River Kwai and Kanchanaburi Tiger Temple
I booked this private tour from Mama Travel & Tour, a local travel agent located in Khaosan Road that charge 600 baht for a pax (approximately RM63). This tour fee including pick-up from your lodging, the shuttle service, lunch and and the paddle boat ride, excluded the entrance ticket for Kanchanaburi Tiger Temple which cost 600 baht per person. Just that by the end of the tour, the bus driver dropped us at Khao San Road and we had to make our own way back to our hotel.

11 comments:

  1. ahem...looks like go two tigers here :p

    But i think if given a chance, i would like to visit this anyway

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  2. Frankly speaking, I dare not go near to the tigers too, too risky =.="

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    1. You are right Ng Choi Yen! It is risky but the teamed tigers are not dangerous. Tiger Temple of Kanchanaburi is one of my favourite places. I visited this place many times. This blog enhances my motivation to visit it again. Now after boston to washington tour. I will go there again. It is really awesome place to visit there. Be brave and must visit there. I hope you will enjoy there.

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  3. PLAY with Tigers !!! They are not chained !!! that's scary but would be fun.

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  5. Tiger Temple of Kanchanaburi , I think it is a amazing place. I willing to visit Thailand . If you about honeymoon type place so click on the link
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  6. I missed out this Tiger Temple but upon reading about the poor animal treatment, I wonder whether to visit it or not next time. We should not take advantage of these pitiful creatures.

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  7. I remember my mom & I took a close-up picture together with a tiger in Thailand many years back. I've to admit I was scared stiff. Well, you won't know when he's gonna pounce at you! Hahaha!

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  8. Wow, so nice that can get close to the deer. When tigers angry, they will so scary so better don't play with them to avoid any accident.

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  9. oh i never thought that the tiger temple is like a zoo! haha i thought they are just like tigers with monks and you get to take pic with them :D

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