Tiger Temple – Bangkok

Our second day in Bangkok was one of those days you just can’t believe you did once it is all over.

We spent the day in the Kanchanaburi province – the Tiger Temple in the morning and an Elephant Village in the afternoon.

Tour with Tong reserved a spot for us in the VIP morning program at the Wat Pa Luangta Bua Yannasampanno (Tiger Temple), which was truly a once in a lifetime experience.

On our way we stopped to see The Bridge on the River Kwai:
Tiger Temple Bangkok

The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 British World War II film by David Lean based on the novel The Bridge over the River Kwai by French writer Pierre Boulle.

We arrived at the temple about the same time the Monks were returning from their morning alms round.

Tiger Temple Bangkok

Most Monks only eat once a day, before noon, and receive their food only from offerings.

We took off our shoes and offered our food to the Monks as they walked by, placing it in their alms bowl.

Tiger Temple Bangkok

We offered milk and something that resembled ramen noodles and food that was donated by local families.

Tiger Temple Bangkok

After being blessed by the Monks, the 10 of us in the VIP group went to the temple where the tiger cubs were.

We got to bottle feed and play with them!

Tiger Temple Bangkok

The cubs were playful and walked all over us. Their personalities were hilarious!

They were just like little kittens, only bigger.

Tiger Temple Bangkok

We ate with the Monks and sat with them during prayers.

Tiger Temple Bangkok

Most of the Monks saved their milk to drink later in the day.

Tiger Temple Bangkok

All of the tigers at the Tiger Temple were rescued as cubs and raised by the Monks and the sanctuary staff.

Tiger Temple Bangkok

The cubs needed to be taken to another area of the sanctuary and we got to walk them there.

Tiger Temple Bangkok

John’s cub was very well-behaved.

Tiger Temple Bangkok

The cub I walked had a mind of his own.

If you know us you are now thinking: Well, that fits!

Tiger Temple Bangkok

Tiger Temple Bangkok

Next thing you know we are in a play area with 8 tigers… who aren’t tied up.

Tiger Temple Bangkok

They gave us long poles with bags attached to the end and we played with the tigers like they were house cats.

Tiger Temple Bangkok

Well, John did. I stood to the side and took pictures.

The workers kept saying, “there isn’t anything to worry about, just be bigger than the tiger.”

Bigger than the tiger? I am only 5’03″!

Don’t get me wrong, I never felt unsafe with the tigers. The staff and volunteers made sure we were never in danger.

Tiger Temple Bangkok

But like they repeated many times… they are Tigers.

Tiger Temple Bangkok

After playtime we got to wash one of them.

Tiger Temple Bangkok

Tiger Temple Bangkok

Once they were nice and clean we fed them chicken that had been cooked and deboned.

Tiger Temple Bangkok

They were so gentle.

Tiger Temple Bangkok

And everyone likes a good belly-rub after a big meal.

Tiger Temple Bangkok

We had so much hands-on time with them.

Tiger Temple Bangkok

For the finale, the staff put the 10 of us inside a fenced-in area and turned the tigers loose to run freely around us.

Tiger Temple Bangkok

The fence was only about 4 feet tall.

The tigers ran, played, swam…

Tiger Temple Bangkok


Tiger Temple Bangkok


Tiger Temple Bangkok


Tiger Temple Bangkok

And Rubbed.

Tiger Temple Bangkok

We were so close to them that we could feel their energy.

The VIP tour at the Tiger Temple costs a little bit more than the regular admission, but it is worth every penny.

Baby Tiger in Bangkok

No doubt, a morning we will never forget.


Below are all of the tours we booked through Tour with Tong.

Tiger Temple

Elephant Village

Thai Fishing Village

Bangkok Markets

Wats and Palaces

For more information on each tour, click on the words in orange.

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16 Responses to Tiger Temple – Bangkok

  1. Andrew says:

    What an amazing experience.

  2. Zayne Clarence says:

    Too Good! Thanks for the share, I will be definitely visiting this place. Cheers!

  3. @Zayne Clarence: Let me know when you do, I want to hear all about it!

  4. Terri says:

    I am off to Bangkok in a month and would love to visit both the Elephant village and Tiger temple, how did you go about booking these? Were you able to do it once over there?
    Many thanks

  5. Hi Terri! We booked our tours in advance through Tours with Tong.
    Website: http://www.tourwithtong.com
    Email: tourwithtong@gmail.com
    I recommend getting on her schedule as soon as possible.
    We did the Tiger Temple and Elephant Village in the same day — both were amazing! Let me know if I can help with anything. Bangkok is one of my favorite places!

  6. Michelle L. says:

    This was such a great part of our trip–we are grateful to have found your writeup so we could experience the joy for ourselves. Thank you for helping us have wonderful memories!

  7. Joy Burns says:

    Is there anything else in Bangkok you’d recommend?

  8. Hi Joy: Sorry for the late reply. There are so many wonderful things to do in Bangkok… what sort of things are you interested in? Here is a link to some of the things we did the times we’ve visited: http://necessaryindulgences.com/category/travels/asia/thailand/

  9. Isabela says:

    Hi! I loved you experience with Elephants and Tigers ! I’m going to Thailand in September ! Please, just tell me.. The entrance on the both parks are include ? Or beyond the price with Tour of Tong, we need to pay for entrance ? Thank you so much! Isabela, from Brazil :) (I’m Sorry for my poor english)

  10. Hi Isabela — your English is great! The entrance fee was included in the tour price. You are going to have a wonderful time!
    Safe travels,

  11. marbo says:

    Oh wow, it looks brilliant!!
    We will be visiting Bankok end of October. I would love to go to the tiger temple, but would it be possible to skip the monks blessing and prayer time, as i would really not feel comfortable with these religious rituals. Can i do the tour, but skip the rituals without insulting or disrespecting these people?

  12. I don’t think it would be a problem to skip the first part. As long as your tour guide knows ahead of time that you are uncomfortable with participating in the blessing and prayer, they should be able to plan accordingly. Have a wonderful time! :)

  13. Charlene says:

    My daughter and I toured with Tong several years ago and am going back next month with my husband. I was debating about doing the morning program at the Tiger Temple, but after reading about your experiences have just about made up my mind that we should go for it. We have already booked our fishing village and markets tour. I remember them as being some of the best tours I have ever been on and can’t wait to share them with my husband.

  14. Hi Charlene — I am happy to hear you are going to do the morning program at the Tiger Temple! It is a day we will never forget.
    Have so much fun next month and safe travels! 😀

  15. Alix says:

    What hotel did you stay at? I’m looking at going after I graduate college this May with college friends. Thanks!

  16. Hi Alix! We stayed at Lebua at State Tower both times we traveled to Bangkok. I really like that location. Have a great trip!

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