The Tiger Temple, Thailand

The Tiger Temple is a Buddhist place of worship located in Thailand, northwest of the city of Kanchanaburi. The monks practice breeding different animals including tigers. It is open to tourism. Tiger farming began in 1999. According to the monks, they received the animals directly from people who had them as pets or they were young tigers that were brought after their mother had been killed by poachers. The temple opens from midnight to 16:00. In addition to the monks, there are international volunteers and local staff who take care of the animals. You can go there from Bangkok or Kanchanaburi. The tourists are accompanied throughout the visit and the monks are always close to control them in case a cat fuss. There are many controversies about this because many people think that tigers are drugged but the people who work there say they are quiet precisely because they have just finished eating before the visit of tourists. There are urns where visitors can make a donation as they plan to open another space, Tiger Island, where the felines could stay in a more natural environment and where they would have the opportunity to learn to hunt in order to a possible release in nature.

Tips

The best way to visit the temple is to do it on a guided tour. There are several options for combining the temple with other nearby attractions. In full day tours, lunch is included.

Do not wear red or pink or you must buy clothes before entering the temple. The only ones who can wear these colors are the healers. Women can not have their shoulders uncovered, but short-sleeved shirts are accepted.

Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

Ko Pha Ngan or Koh Phangan is an island in the Gulf of Thailand, located in the south-east of Thailand, just north of Ko Samui. It belongs to the province of Surat Thani. The island is a tourist destination known for its beaches and for the Full Moon Party, party grouping a musical mix that takes place on the beach of Haad Rin, southeast of the island, every month with the full moon. Now the island is primarily a tourist destination but fishing and coconut are important for the local economy. Due to its topography, population lives in coastal and mountainous interior is almost inaccessible. More than half of the island is part of a national park and the island has more than 80 km2 of virgin rainforest with a wide variety of flora and fauna. It is also considered a spiritual place with several Buddhist temples with industry for retirement and meditation booming.

Tips

The most convenient way to move around is the scooter, especially if one wants to visit non-tourist areas of the island. The island has many beautiful beaches of white sand along its coastline, some of which are still accessible only by boat.
December to February is the ideal time to visit the island, sunny but not too hot with little chance of rain.
Whatever you are looking for, you’ll have no trouble finding it in Thong Sala and Haad Rin shops, or the recently opened stores along the main road.

Wuzhen, China

Wuzhen is a small Chinese city on the Grand Canal, south of the mouth of the Yangtze River, near the city of Tongxiang (17 km), north of Zhejiang province; 80km from the city of Suzhou and Hangzhou, 140 kilometers from Shanghai. It is a one of the six largest old towns in southern China, a typical water town with a history of over 6000 years. The city is entirely built around canals. There are just over 60,000 inhabitants but only 12,000 are residents. The river binds all the streets together. Streams and streets are well connected, the houses are built on the banks of the river. The economy is mainly based on crafts, like weaving, wood carving or rice wine distillation. Tourism activity is recent, and visitors are still overwhelmingly Chinese. There are ancient stone bridges, stone paths and wood carvings.

Tips

You can visit the city by boat or by walking. Spring and autumn are the best seasons. It rains a lot in spring and in summer, the typhoon is common. During the day, early in the morning and evening are the best times to visit it.
You will find hostels accommodation, varied and special ones. In some places you can cook yourself, in others you can taste special family dishes.