Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, or the Tiger Temple was established in 1994 as a forest monastery and sanctuary for wild animals. In 1999, the temple got its first tiger cub. With time, many more tiger cubs were given to the temple, usually orphans, and many more were born in the temple. Today, there are more than 120 tigers in the temple and it is perhaps the largest single concentration of tigers in the world. The species of tigers which live inside the temple premises include Royal Bengal, Indochinese and Malayan tigers. The temple targets building a larger sanctuary which will give a natural habitat for the tigers.
This is the place what I was waiting for. From my childhood I read a lot about it. I just wanted to go and live the moment. Wat Pa Luangta Bua Yannasampanno(Tiger temple), Forest Monastery located at Saiyok District of Kanchanaburi Province- 37 km of the highway no 323. The objectives of the monastery: Conservation of animals(specially tigers) and to propagate Buddhism. I didn’t book any tour package but still I did it. Here’s how i did it: 1) Took BTS sky train from Nana Station to Victory Monument- 8 mins. Sky train starts at 6.30 am. Then at Victory Monument ask anybody Mini Bus Station to go to Kanchanaburi. These Mini Buses are nothing but its actually a 14-seater van. 1st bus to Kanchanaburi is at 7 am . Every 30 mins you will get bus, it means next bus is at 7.30 am and so on. Fare: 130THB one way(while returning it was 120THB) Travel time: 2.30 hrs. 2) Then from Kanchanaburi Bus Station take the bus from PF-6(usually) No.8203 for Sai Yok and tell the driver that you want to get down at Tiger temple. The trip takes 30 mins. Fare: 30THB. 3) From the bus drop off point on the main road; one need to walk for approximately 2 kms. Look before you leap Please note that Tiger Temple does not arrange any tours or transportation to or from the temple. OR From Kanchanaburi bus station book a taxi which will take you to the temple and bring you back to the station. Fare: Purely based on negotiation. 4) Returning Same way to follow as above. OR What we did was, we booked a Taxi for 300THB(3 persons) which took us to River Kawi bridge from temple and then to Bus station.