Up until this day- I had never seen a Tiger. And never again will I probably have the opportunity to see a non drugged tiger this up close and personal ever again!
Im not sure why the Tigers are here, are they saved from poachers or is this purely for tourism only? I hope its the former and not the latter but no one was able to answer me at Tiger Kingdom.
However, its clear to see although enclosed, the tigers are not drugged or anything like that.
I opted to see the largest tigers in the park, and 2 month newborn tiger- the smallest in the park. You can also see other younger cubs, white tigers and others…
What an amazing experience. With the large tigers, you can cuddle and play with their tails and legs- but you cannot go too near their heads. Bit scary! They take you into the enclosure and you get to pet 3 tigers and pose with them for that all important selfie.
The nice thing is you aren’t sharing your time with another group, since I was travelling solo- I had the tigers all to myself!
I opted to pay for a photographer as well- i wanted to get all the photos possible so I never forget this special moment!
After spending 10minutes with the large tigers I then went to the newborn tiger area and had to wait for about 15mins. It was great fun just watching the younger tigers interact with kids etc!
Before I knew it, it was my time to meet Poon the newborn tiger. Only 2 months old. I was asked to take off my shoes and wear their slippers, sanitise my hands and wear a lab coat. At this age Poon is more susceptible to catching illness and I was glad that are thinking of his welfare so much!
You could see that Poons keeper was clearly in love with the little cub and they let me spend a long time with this little gorgeous thing. We took pictures, and cuddled but at this age cubs need their sleep so Poon wasn’t very playful. But it was fun to just cuddle and watch him rest. I am besotted with this little guy, and hope I can return to Chiang Mai and see him when he is a little older.
Tell me about your tiger encounter! Id love to hear your stories…