Tiger Temple in Thailand – My Captured Moment

How time flies so quick these days…. Summer is officially over and now the falling orange leaves of Autumn Season are welcoming us.  How is everyone liking Fall so far?

Anyhow, My Captured Moment for this week is a photo of me during our tour to the Tiger Temple on our holiday in Thailand, way back January 2008.

at Tiger Temple in Thailand
at Tiger Temple in Thailand

This photo was taken during our honeymoon in Thailand.  Our honeymoon was not just a romantic getaway, we indulged into a lot of tourist excursions while we were there.  Enjoying the time of just the two of us I suppose, no kids yet to tag along with us that time.  I must admit, I miss those moments though.

While in Thailand, we went to Safari Park, Dreamworld, Floating Market, Trip to the River Kwai and the best one was when we conquered our fears at Tiger Temple.  When I first heard about Tiger Temple, I initially assumed it’s the same common building which was built in devotion to a specific God, Gods or Buddha.  However, Tiger Temple was totally different from what I thought of.  The place was way beyond my expectation.

What is Tiger Temple?

Tiger Temple is a Theravada Buddhist temple in Thailand which was founded in 1994.  Tiger Temple is a forest temple and is a sanctuary for diverse wild animals where majority of which are Tigers.  The Tigers are looked after by the Monks, where their hands on approach resulted to a successful breeding programme.

During the tour, visitors were asked to follow certain rules to show respect to the Monks who ran the Temple and to maintain tranquility and avoid animal disturbance. The staff allocated a specific time of the day where visitors were allowed to interact with the Tigers which were on leashed of course for safety reasons.  I nervously managed to sit beside and pat a few Tigers while they were calmly lying and some were even sleeping.  As much as it was an extraordinary experience for me, but I was also wanting to get out of there the soonest and hoping that nothing would go wrong.  Some activities inside the temple includes looking around various wild animals in an immensely huge forest.  You can also bottle-feed the Tiger cubs and hand-feed the Tigers which I was too scared to try.

Overall, it was a rare and yet wonderfully nerve-wracking experience being in close contact with the Tigers knowing the fact that I could probably be swallowed if it decides it’s not stuffed enough during mealtime and can still accommodate me in.  At least, I’m lucky enough being spared.

If I am given a chance to go back and visit there again, I would definitely say yes…. However, I stumbled across to this on Daily Mail website dated April 2015.   It said on the News that Tiger Temple was shut down as the animals were seemingly kept without permit.  And in pursuance to the closure order, the Tigers should be handed over to Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.

 Have you been to Thailand for a holiday?
Have you visited the Tiger Temple before it was closed down?

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14 thoughts on “Tiger Temple in Thailand – My Captured Moment

  • Wow. Um, just wow. Suddenly every vacation I’ve ever taken seems to pale in comparison.


  • Wow! What an experience to remember! A definite bucket list item 🙂 Annnnd … your kiddos are adorable! What a fun blog you have!

    I wanted to stop by and visit to thank you for your comment on my blog the other day! I appreciate your visit and am so thankful you were blessed!
    Blessings and smiles,

    • ReimerandRuby

      aw Thank you! Really enjoyed reading your blog too, so unique and much different from the usual family blogs I normally read. Thanks for dropping by and for your lovely comment too!

  • What an amazing experience! I have never done anything even remotely similar. Thailand is definitely a country I would love to visit. My daughter visited there and Sri Lanka on her gap year and she absolutely loved it. #FabFridayPost

    • ReimerandRuby

      That was a remarkable experience for me… Thanks for dropping by and for your lovely comment too!

  • Sawadeeka! Wow! You are very brave! I am from Thailand, but I have never been to the Tiger Temple before. It is so sad that they are shutting down. If they are handled in the right way I think they should keep them or that they should make the Tiger Temple a National Park destination. This way, it is a win-win situation. Poor Tigers. Looks like you had fun though. 🙂 Arr! Down the memory lane, here I go with no children. lol! Thank you so much linking up and hopefully see you next week. Have a lovely weekend. Xx #FabFridayPost

    • ReimerandRuby

      I was actually shock when I read it from news that they shut it down, seemed like the tigers/animals were well-taken cared of. Me and my husband definitely had a great time in Thailand, and we always keep telling ourselves to go back there again in the future with the kids. We both love Thai food too! Have a lovely weekend Su!

  • An amazing photo! I bet you loved your honeymoon! My brother is there as we speak and I so want to go in the future. Shame the tiger place has closed down. Thanks so much for sharing with #throwbackthursday and please pop back! I’m back next week xx

    • ReimerandRuby

      Hope he enjoyed his holiday in Thailand too… it was a great honeymoon, plus exciting adventures as well!

  • What a stunning picture? Such a shame that this place has apparently closed down as it sounds as though they had great respect for these beautiful creatures.

    You truly captured an experience of a lifetime here. Thank you for sharing.

    Popping over via #FabFridayPost :0)

    • ReimerandRuby

      aw Thank you! I agree I thought the animals were well-taken cared of, so strange they shut it down. Well, at least Ive been there. Thanks for your lovely comment!

  • Heledd - Running in Lavender

    Oh my goodness you are so brave!! I would have been too scared but what an amazing picture. We had our honeymoon in Thailand too, although we didn’t do anything as scary!! Well done you x

    Thank you so much for linking up to #MyCapturedMoment x

    • ReimerandRuby

      Thailand is nice, isn’t it? enjoyed our honeymoon a lot as we’ve been to a lot of adventures… It was scary but once in a lifetime experience for me I think.

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