20 responses

  1. Keith G
    May 21, 2014

    People keeping these tigers should be charged with a crime. Monks to man on the street. No excuses. Release them into the wild and just fence off the area. If we can cut off Mexico with a wall, we can save the tigers from barbarians.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      May 27, 2014

      I agree. Only thing is the Gov will say there is no money to do this.

      • Claudia Ochsner
        June 4, 2014

        Why is it ? Your words reminds me all the time on my Southern African experiences ( lived and travelled there for four years ) ……. Your blog is “good for my soul” – Thank you for your honesty and telling the people just how it is. There are actually not many bloggers who are doing this. Keep it up and be safe ….

  2. Malcom
    May 21, 2014

    Interesting read. Food for thought. The tiger kingdoms really make me shudder. Those tourist photos are ghastly

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      May 27, 2014

      Yes I was quite shocked myself to see so many tourists getting photos with tigers.

  3. Sunjet
    May 21, 2014

    So sad to learn about how people promote things like this. Our world is not what it used to be. Hopefully people reading this will think twice

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      May 27, 2014

      I think things like this always existed, there’s just more publicity about them now.

  4. Anna
    May 21, 2014

    Those photos are so revealing into a people we know travesty about. It would be nice to read more about their history than about their present.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      May 27, 2014

      I was going to write more about the Kayan but there’s a lot about them already out there. But I’ll try to put more up about them when the guides are up.

  5. Erica
    May 21, 2014

    Elephants get a hard time in Thailand too. I saw sooooo many tourists in Chiang Mai riding them. Couldn’t do it

  6. Sarah
    May 21, 2014

    Daaaaave!! Too long. I just came back from Cameron Highlands and read this. So avoiding Chiang Mai and the puppet shows they put on up there. Mark’s trying to head south but I still hanker for Sri Lanka. No elephants in south Thailand right?

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      May 27, 2014

      Hi Sarah!

      Not sure about “no elephants” in South Thailand, but certainly less.

      Enjoy

  7. Franca
    May 21, 2014

    This is a very sad reality which I don’t approve at all. When I was in Thailand I refused to visit both the Tiger Kingdom and the Long Neck Tribes simply because I didn’t want to contribute to it and I didn’t think that both tigers and people should be used as tourist attraction, it’s simply wrong in my opinion! Thanks for sharing, more people need to know and hopefully will make the same choice I did of not going.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      May 27, 2014

      Good for you. It’s amazing how many people do the opposite. I even met people who’ve read this and still don’t get it or care.

  8. Ivy
    May 21, 2014

    omg, the story about the tigers is awful!
    I’m going to rapport this to the various organisations that protects tigers. The tiger is a beautiful, almost extincted animal.
    Thanks Dave.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      May 27, 2014

      I think many organisations already know about this. It’s well documented. Half the problems is most of these places are “private” so no one can enter.

  9. Dale
    May 21, 2014

    I’m personally utterly against the explotation of people and animals for the financial benefit of others and for all of the the reasons that you’ve mentioned here.

    I think that as tourists and travellers it’s up to us to be responsible with our actions and with how our money is used. The more people continue to get educated about these places then the sooner the river of cash will dry up and they’ll look for other alternatives, hopefully without the need to exploit others.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      May 27, 2014

      Indeed, if tourists stopped going then these places would close. Problems is twofold thereafter. 1) a lot of Asian tourists simply don’t care about animal rights. 2) if these places closed then the the animals/people would disappear.

  10. Noah
    June 23, 2014

    A stick in a tiger’s face for moving? That’s horrible! I had a bad feeling about Tiger Kingdom when I was in Thailand, so I didn’t go. Thanks for vindicating my decision!

  11. Jojie Alcantara
    July 14, 2014

    Dave, am afraid I was one of those who traveled with a media group and ended up with touristy photos inside the Tiger Kingdom in Phuket. Sadly, they denied having drugged the gentle cats who were just rolling lazily around. I am actually interested in capturing portraits of the Long Neck tribal women as I do the same here with authentic tribes in my islands for documentation. I don’t relish however seeing them being paid to pose as I’ve experienced the same up in Banaue with old Ifugao women who stuck their hands out after I tried to capture them in their habitat.

    Fortunately, I am traveling to Bangkok end of this month and as I checked my itinerary, there is no Tiger petting zoo on the list. I will have to redirect my thoughts on food and museums, then. And try to avoid the crazy night spots. :-)

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