Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Daredevil Visit Inside The Tigers' Den!

By: EPETALLO


Do you know of a certain place where in you would be able to get so extremely up-close if not have an intimate encounter with one of the world's most feared predators? The Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua popularly known as the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi province, Western Thailand offers a wonderful opportunity to personally 'meet and greet' the tigers inside their own sanctuary. Of course these tigers were chained to ensure everyone's safety and they're probably well-trained to mingle and perhaps entertain their respective guests..:-)


 Contrary to the mixed reviews that I've read, I couldn't see any indications that the tigers were drugged, abused or mistreated. It was already afternoon when we visited the tigers and the rain poured down heavily before we reached the temple, so it was somehow logical to think that the tigers appeared to be less energetic rather than medically sedated. Though usually thought as a nocturnal hunter, tigers are crepuscular; this simply means that they commence hunting in the twilight period just after sundown. Therefore they're usually active during the cooler mornings and evenings and partly inactive during afternoon.

At first I was a bit apprehensive and quite skeptical to get even closer with these wild predatory carnivores knowing that anytime and at any rate they could just easily rip me off into pieces with their powerful claws and exceptionally stout teeth! However fears had started to fade away as I saw other guests touched and cuddled these huge beasts who seemed to be so welcoming and playful. I was also accompanied with two staff volunteers so my confidence level rose steadily as I approached the tigers & tigresses inside their den . Finally my main ulterior motives were consummated when I had the chance to take a close-up photograph of myself with these magnificent yet fierce creatures and ultimately touched with my own hands those fashionable shades of vertical stripes on their reddish-orange fur! 


Tiger Temple Tip Trip:


How to get there?

If you don't have the luxury of time, it would be more convenient (that is, hassle-free) if you could find an agency to process your trip. We personally booked through Goodwell Travel Agency located at Khaosan Road, Bangkok Thailand. The day tour package is approximately 700.00ThB each person inclusive of the van, all- you-can eat lunch buffet, with the additional elephant trekking, bamboo rafting, visit to the seven-layered Erawan waterfall as well as a stop-over at the famous railway bridge on the river Kwai before heading to the Tiger Temple. All sites are located within Kanchanaburi province in Western, Thailand which is around two hours ride from Bangkok. The entrance fee for the tiger temple is 600.00 ThB

Upon arriving at the tiger temple's main gate you will be given a disclaimer form for you to read and sign.The form basically states that you are visiting the tigers at your own risks and that the temple is not responsible for any incidents that may happen. Scary, right?


Dress Codes:

Its a Theravada Buddhist Temple owned by the monks, so dress codes should be carefully considered. You are not allowed to wear sleeveless, shorts or skirts of any type above the knee. Bright colors like bloody red, bright orange and shocking pink are also prohibited. Reasons were not clearly explained as to why, but maybe the tigers are easily stimulated with these type of colors. 

Do's and Dont's Inside the Temple:

*Women are not allowed to touch the monks, and cannot receive or take anything from the monks directly. Exchanges are to be made indirectly, using table or clothes. Men however are allowed to interact with the monks without such restrictions.
*Taking pictures with the monks are allowed but please do so in a polite manner.
*All the photos will be taken from your own camera with the staff volunteers taking the pictures.
*Flash off your camera as it's sensitive for the tigers' eyes especially for the cubs.
*Whenever you want to take pictures with the tigers, do it by walking in from the back of the tigers only, not from the front or beside's the tiger's head. Please take note that tigers usually attack from behind.
*Touch the tiger on the back only, not on the head. 


Always bear in mind that you will be surrounded with these ferocious beasts and no matter how trained they maybe, they're still predatory wild carnivores and its their built-in mechanism to attack their prey. So it is best recommended to at least follow the guidelines specified to make your visit a pleasant and safer one..:-)

For more information, you may click on the link below: http://www.tourwithtong.com/tigertemple.htm




Godbless Your Trip!



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