Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Taking Tiger Temple...

If you're agonizing over that special last minute VD gift for that special someone, please allow me to take a load off your back... This one's a no brainer:

The Theravada Buddhist Temple, aka Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, aka "The Tiger Temple," is conveniently located in the Saiyok district of Thailand's Kanchanaburi province, just 38km north-west of Kanchanaburi along the 323 highway. You and your significant other will be charmed to the melting point by the sight of monks walking quietly through a dreamy white rock quarry in their saffron robes with tigers on leashes.

The approximately 20 tigers at Tiger Temple are mostly Corbetts with one Bengal, called "Mek," in the mix. They are caged part of the day, and walked to the quarry where they are free to roam, splash in the pond, and play with tourists through the afternoon. You see, they are either cub rescues or were born at the temple. It is possible that these tigers' offspring will be returned to the wild, but this current generation will live out a life of non-violence among the monks. Unlike the somber, furry death-machines you'll find at zoos, these tigers seem to have no trouble breeding in this enlightened form of peaceful co-existence.

Love is a horny tiger on a leash guided by a monk. Happy Valentines.


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