UPDATE: I’ve documented my experience and old article here but would no longer visit this place. Please read this post — Where Can I Pet a Baby Lion / Tiger / Cheetah / Big Cat?
On a trip through SouthEast Asia with my buddy, we took a trip to Tiger Kingdom, just outside of Chiang Mai, Thailand. The price structure there is as follows:
|Newborn (2-3 months)
|Smallest (4-8 months)
|Medium (9-12 months)
|Big Cats (13-30 months)
We decided to do 3 of the 4; we skipped the medium cats to save some money. A rather expensive attraction for Thailand. One I was really looking forward to though! There’s concern I’ve read about on the net about the cats being fed things to keep them docile, but I did not see anything like this going on. I suspect the cats would enjoy larger areas to roam about in, although I did not see anything shady going on and the facilities appeared nice.
Shoes and backpacks need to be removed prior to entering the kittens area (sandals provided), in the others bags and any other loose items must be left outside although shoes and cameras can be taken inside. This place was a lot of fun! I’m a cat person, and it was awesome to be up next to such big cats up close. For the most part they actually acted very similar to house cats even. We got some great pictures, some of mine posted below.
Videos as well, of course!
Some water ball thing, outside of Tiger Kingdom
Before entering the cage…
Getting chewed on by his buddy…
GoPro of the smallest kitties (long)
GoPro of the small tigers, playing in the water!
Tiger talking and rubbing a flubby belly…