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“An experience for the whole family”
Review of Tiger Kingdom

Tiger Kingdom
Ranked #5 of 42 things to do in Mae Rim
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Adelaide, Australia
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“An experience for the whole family”
Reviewed May 1, 2009

When we arrived they told us that they did not have any baby tigers for the kids to play with which was a huge disappointment for my 10 year old daughter. They offered some baby tigers and with some cajouling, she said she would go in. I took the medium tigers and my husband took the big cats.

We all spent about 15-20 minutes in each enclosure and it seemed much longer than that. The handlers were great with the tigers and we were able to get some great action shots.

We also decided to pay the 200bht for a photographer to take about 100 pics in each enclosure but were a bit sceptical on what we would get. On arrival back home, after seeing the pics, it was definately money well spent. His pics dont have wire in them!!!

The park is quite new and is still being developed. We spent some time just sitting with the tigers watching them.

They have a vet that comes from Chaing Mai Zoo each week to check the tigers and they are checked each day by staff. Although the enclosures were smallish for the big cats there were also areas where they could play in the water and roam around. Every tiger looked healthy and happy.

If we go back we would definately revisit as I think this park is going to be awesome.

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Melbourne
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“We had a great time”
Reviewed April 25, 2009

When we first saw the advertisements and read the various reviews, we were a little skeptical of the place, but we ended up having a really nice time. The tigers seemed clean, healthy and well cared for. We went in looking for signs of abuse or neglect, and walked away impressed.

There was no brute force from the handlers. They each had a small bamboo stick, but it was used to help turn the animal away - if they felt that the customers were in any danger. We never saw the handlers hitting any of the tigers, in fact they seemed to have a good bond with them. The animals also did not appear aggressive in anyway - I didn't feel at all scared with any of my encounters.

The animals definitely did not act or look like they were sedated. A few of the tigers were actually playing with sticks and leaves with the handlers. As for being dangerous, these are wild animals that you're choosing to interact with - any animal can be dangerous if provoked and as such there are signs warning you of the dangers and you have to sign a waiver before you enter the cages.

In a perfect world these tigers would be roaming free, but unfortunately with poaching and habitat destruction rife throughout Thailand and beyond, it's a choice between extinction or tourism - we know what we would choose.

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Western Norway, Norway
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“Fleeced - and not a sheep in sight”
Reviewed April 22, 2009

Thoroughly recommended, should you enjoy being fleeced in a most un-Thai manner. Surly staff with an unpleasant "take it or leave it" attitude "welcome" you to the Kingdom where your first sight is the array of full height posters extolling the savings to be had with the "package" prices on offer. Worry not that this is the epitome of crassness on show. Each subsequent sign nudges you more to the conclusion that the separation of your good self from your rapidly dwindling supply of Baht is the priority here. Venture through the hallowed portals without a valid ticket? 2000 Baht (if you are not eaten - a rather feeble attempt at humour). Dare to enter the enclosure for the lion cubs (strangely no tiger cubs in evidence) without a valid ticket will cost you an eye watering "1000 Baths". But fear not, the rules about not being left alone with the little cubs can be broken for only "500 baths". The 520 Baht per person for the company of a pair of delightful lion cubs is expended effortlessly, while the attendant expert disallows any playfulness on the part of the cub or the voyeur, generally with a sharp rap on the forehead of the cub with a stick. Both cubs had furless marks, one of them bleeding, on their foreheads.

The joy continues after your ejection from the enclosure after a very much clock-watched 15 minutes. The length and breadth of the "park" extends to a good 50 paces in each direction, and what area is taken up by asphalt is more than made up for by the concrete of the cages. Of course, the pick of the "habitats" for the tigers is suspiciously close to the entrance and the restaurants. The size and quality of the enclosures decreases exponentially with distance from the cash till. There are even areas for the masses to wait in anticipation of their 15 minutes of tiger time, while the tigers themselves are tapped into wakefulness by various large sticks.

The best summation of this dire affront to dignity (feline or human - take your pick) is found at the counter where you are required to pay in advance: the words "our policy is no refunds" tends to suggest that the demands for recompense due to an unsatisfactory experience are neither rare nor unjustified.

We left with a strong feeling of guilt at having contributed even a single baht of enrichment to whichever despicable creatures own this "attraction".

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“Hoping for a great experience...but sadly disappointed.”
Reviewed March 26, 2009

My husband and I visited the Tiger Kingdom early Feb and was surprised to read the reviews that came in after our visit. I would not have visited the park if I knew that there were attacks by the tigers.

Perhaps we were lucky that day but nothing happened to us. What was disturbing were the keepers that were with us in the cages. They used a stick to smack the tigers on the nose every time the tigers would move or growl. It felt like they were being abused. If the tigers wanted to just walk around or growl the keepers would knock them on the nose and force them to lie still for the cameras. Surprisingly there were two keepers from the U.K. working there and they made it sound like knocking the tigers on the nose was just a way to train them.
At first glance it looks promising but I don't think they genuinely care about the tigers.

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UK
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Chance of a lifetime”
Reviewed March 23, 2009

My wife and I visited Tiger Kingdom during our week stay in Chiang Mai Thailand March 09. Its located about 10km outside of the city and take about 20 minutes to get there by taxi. When you arrive you are presented with a choice of activities ranging from time spent with the smaller Tiger cubs to mid size up to full adults. My wife chose the 15minutes with the cubs and 15 minutes with the adults, I booked time with the "teenager" very lively 8 month old cubs.
I think at the time 15 mins with the cubs cost 500Bh whilst time spent with the adults cost 320Bh.
Then you are shown the way to the compounds where your chosen size of Tiger resides, there are about 20 Tigers in all. The cage door is opened and you walk in.... NO fences or barrier between you and these absolutely stunning animals. You have to pinch yourself when you are close to the largest Tigers who are huge. Two keepers are close to you in the compound at all times during your visit. You can sit amoungst the Tigers stroking them and taking pictures. The only rules are dont touch the heads or paws of the animals. All the Tigers we saw behaved fantastically. The whole site is very new and the animals all look happy and well fed... This was the absolute highlight for me during our month in Thailand....

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