The Tiger Temple of Thailand

The Tiger Temple or "Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua", is a Buddhist temple located in the Saiyok district of Thailand's Kanchanaburi province. It was founded in 1994 as a forest temple and sanctuary for numerous wild animals. Now the major attractions of the temple are the tigers that walk around freely once a day and can be petted by tourists.

As of 2007, over 21 cubs have been born at the temple and the total number of tigers is about 12 adult tigers and 4 cubs. These tigers spend most of the time in cages, being fed with cooked chicken, beef and dry cat food.

The Tiger Temple opens daily for visitors at about 1pm, and the tigers are walked back to their enclosures at around 4pm. The entry fee is 300 Baht. The most common way of visiting the temple is to go on a tour from nearby Kanchanaburi for 300 Baht per head, or to hire your own Songthaew from the bus station for a group for less than 1000 Baht. Day trips are also available from Bangkok. Prices current as of July 2006 and do not include temple entrance fee. The temple now receives 300 to 600 visitors a day and above the 300 Baht admission fee, there are donations boxes all over the temple. To get photos with the tigers, visitors are asked to give a donation.