Visitors Often Unaware Of Thai Tiger Temple’s Controversy
Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua Yanasampanno, a Theravada Buddhist temple is known as Tiger Temple.
Located at Sai Yok District of Thailand’s Kanchanaburi Province in the west of the country, the temple is probably the most controversial temple in Southeast Asia.
Where is Tiger Temple located?
You don’t have to go on a safari to come up to whiskers with a tiger. The big cats bringing are bringing in a roaring trade (pun intended) at Thailand’s controversial Tiger Temple.
The tiger sanctuary is on en route to Sai Yok National Park and is approximately an hour from Erawan National Park.
Full Grown Tigers and Cubs
Home to rescued tigers and cubs, these animals are cared for by the temple monks and many international volunteers who loved the Tigers dearly.
These tigers are not tamed or trained but are humanized and capable of non-aggressive interaction with human beings. Visitors are allowed to take photos and interact with a live tiger in the Tiger Canyon.
Susan was happy at this once in a lifetime experience of petting a live tiger. “The tiger felt heavy on my lap, he was gentle and when I petted him, it felt like a huge dog,” she said with a grin.
“I’m planning my next trip to return for the tiger cub feeding next,” said a very enthusiastic Susan.
This unique experience of having a chance to get up close to the majestic big cats and an incredible photo opportunity is bound to get visitors excited.
Instagram Moment with a Tiger
No matter how attractive people look posing next to a majestic tiger. They could be seen grinning broadly, gingerly holding up a tiger’s tail. Or even bottle-feeding a tiger cub just for that “great shot” on social media.
A cautionary note; tigers are wild animals.
However, visitors to the sanctuary are made to sign a disclaimer before they are allowed to enter; to ensure the temple is not sued in case someone is attacked by a tiger. There are many signs at the gate explain why the Tigers are so used to human contact.
Tourists are advised to avoid dressing in brightly-colored clothes to avoid getting the Tigers excited.
Tigers are Nocturnal Animals
Don’t worry or be alarmed. The well-cared-for tigers are NOT drugged. As tigers are NOCTURNAL cats. The Tigers can sleep up to from 18 to 20 hours a DAY to conserve their energy for hunting at night. During the day when it’s incredibly hot from 12noon to 3 pm, it is safe for a tourist to get close to them.
So if you ever own a cat, you will know what it means to cat nap.
How to Get There
Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua Yanasampanno | Lum Sum, Saiyok District Kanchanaburi, Thailand
Opened: 1994 | Telephone: +66 34 531 557