Facebook Icon The letter F. Even more, it seems, was being made off the sale of tiger body parts on the Chinese market. You should do a substantial amount of research before you visit any animal-related destination in Thailand, as even those that have chosen to designate themselves as sanctuaries may be that in name only.
The days of Thailand as a blissed-out bohemian tourist wonderland are essentially finished. As Al Jazeera notesthis begins with smuggling baby elephants into the country and continues with brutal training regimes in which the animals are subjected to all manner of abuse.
We aren't saying that the world is universally safe, but in places like Thailand, a little research and some street smarts will go a long way toward making sure your next trip there is as flawless as possible.
After all, drugs, alcohol, tropical heat, and large bodies of water aren't exactly the safest combination. The Lotus bar in Koh Tao, Thailand. In early , a Belgian backpacker was found dead in the island's jungles. In , the happy veneer of Thailand's animal-centric tourist activities was ripped right off when the Thai authorities raided the once-famous Tiger Temple in the nation's western Kanchanaburi province.