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Thailand, Take 2

Okay so I just wrote about half of a really long post about how awesome Thailand has been... and then it got deleted somehow. It's a shame when things like that happen to computer geniuses like myself.

So... from the top.

Todd and I reconvened on the small island of Koh Phi Phi (where The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed). But this time we had company.

Playing with Tigers

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It’s never been easier to check “playing with tigers” off your bucket list. About an hour’s drive outside of Bangkok, in a province called Kanchanaburi, there’s a place called Tiger Temple. It’s a Buddhist monastery that partially supports itself and its animal residents (including a large population of tigers) on donations and visitor fees. Among the many activities you can do: bottle-feed tiger cubs; exercise adult tigers in water moats; hand-wash, hand-feed, and walk with tigers; and of course, take über-cool, up-close-&-personal photos with these beautiful, majestic creatures that will leave your family and friends ooh’ing and aah’ing in amazement and new-found respect for you!

There’s another facility in Thailand that offers similar interaction with tigers called Tiger Kingdom, but from the photos my friends who visited have taken, it doesn't even come close to the type of interaction offered by Tiger Temple. Upon booking your visit, be sure to reserve the morning tour (limited to only 12 people), which allows you to have breakfast with the monks. In doing this, you’ll be able to witness some of their spiritual prayers and rituals, surrounded by adult tigers and cubs, making for epic photos! Plus, you'll get more time with the tigers, which is what you want, right?!

Many people think the tigers are drugged to allow humans to get so close. Having spent a half-day at Tiger Temple, I can assure you - the tigers are very much alert and aware of their surroundings (i.e. drug-free)! At times, they ARE lethargic due to the heat and sun (like humans can get under such circumstances), and staff DO take advantage of that for photo opportunities, which lessens any potential dangers.

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