The Longest Way Home logo
currently traveling for  
Countries visited Portugal | Spain | France | Germany | Poland | Slovakia | Hungary | Romania | Bulgaria | Turkey | Iran | Pakistan | India | Nepal | Tibet | China | The Philippines | Sabah | Singapore | Malaysia (west) | Thailand | Overland travel
 
 
 

Visiting the Tiger Kindom near Chiang Mai

An ethical dilemma for some, great for others ...
Updated: November 21st 2014 | Thailand travel guides


My Rating:
 
about - where to see - entrance fees- maps - tips
 

About The Tiger Kingdom


There are several places in Thailand to visit tigers. Some say they work on conservation or rehabilitation of tigers to be introduced back into the wild. Others like the Tiger Kingdom in Chiang Mai are set up to breed tigers for captive conservation.

There are about 30 tigers at the Tiger Kingdom in Chiang Mai all bred from captivity. They have another facility in Phuket. Tourists can go to both to interact, take photos and even bottle feed tigers.

Did you know?

There are only about 100 wild tigers left in Thailand. Many say that number is an over estimate.

 

Compared to the tiger temple near Bangkok Chiang Mai's Tiger Kingdom has a better reputation. However wildlife conservationists condone such places as inherently cruel. Drugging tigers to make them docile are common accusations.

You can read my own thoughts on the Tiger Kingdom and Karen Long-necks here. Meanwhile it's will be up to you on deciding whether to visit or not.


How to get to the Tiger Kingdom in Chiang Mai


The Tiger Kingdom is located in the Mae Rim District about 10 km north of Chiang Mai city.

Join a tour group

Many day trips out of Chiang Mai include a visit to the Tiger Kingdom along with a trip to Mae Sai, orchid farm, Long-neck and elephant rides. If you do take one make sure it's to the Tiger Kingdom in Mae Rim as there are a few other very small tiger "breeding" places around

Prices start from 500-700 baht for the day trip (this does not include entry into the Tiger Kingdom).

Ride a Motorbike to the Tiger Kingdom

Hiring a motorbike in Chiang Mai for about 300-400 baht and drive out yourself. Drive past Mae Rim to the intersection where Highway 107 joins County Road 1096 (20-30mins).

Public transport

Hire a tuk tuk or red Songthaew for about 600 baht for a return journey (20mins). The driver will wait for you.

Location and contact details of the Tiger Kingdom

Address: 51/1 Moo 7, Rim Tai, Mae Rim 50180, Thailand
Tel: (+66) 53-299363, (+66) 53-860704

Hours: Daily 10am-6pm.

Most people spend about 2 hours at the Tiger Kingdom.


Cost of visiting the Tiger Kingdom


Prices are split into the four sizes of tiger you will be with.

  1. Smallest (2-3 Months) 620 Baht
  2. Small (4-8 Months) 620 Baht
  3. Medium (9-12 Months) 420 Baht
  4. Big Cat (13-30 Months) 420 Baht

Buy All Four Rooms: 1700 Baht

Custom Photo CD and photographer: 300 Baht (this is per person per cat so if you see more than one size it's 300 baht each.

Visits last about 15 minutes.


Is the Tiger Kingdom safe to visit?


There have been no reported deaths or injuries at the Tiger Kingdom. The oldest Tiger you will interact with is 30 months so they are all relatively young.

Common sense prevails. Making sudden movements is not advised. Likewise light petting might make the tiger flinch as they will think you are an insect or fly. Loud noises are discouraged.

Finally it's worth pointing that while many people do enjoy the tiger kingdom there is zero wildlife conservation here. All money goes to the running of this business.


Activities around Chiang Mai


Prebooking value trips around Chiang Maican be done online at quite good rates compared to some local tour operators. Do check out this list of activites around Chiang Mai which I've selected.


Accommodation in Chiang Mai


Check out my great hotel search.

Search for Hotels in Chiang Mai


(back to top)

Was this page helpful to you? If so please tell others!

Tiger in the Tiger Kingdom, Chiang Mai

Tiger at the Tiger Kindom in Chiang Mai
There are about 30 tigers at the Tiger Kingdom!
 

Click a heading to browse my Thailand
travel guides

Kanchanaburi
Getting to Kanchanaburi:
» Weekend train to river Kwai & Kanchanaburi
Things to do in Kanchanaburi
» War Cemetery at Kanchanaburi
Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai:
» Guide to Chiang Rai
Visit:
» The White Temple (Wat Rong Khun)
» Baandam Museum (Black House)
North Thailand (Chiang Rai Province)
» The Golden Triangle
» The Mae Sai Border (Myanmar/Burma)

Practical Information

Before you go:
» Thailand visa information
» Best time to visit Thailand
» Bangkok weather
»Vaccinations & immunizations for Thailand
Arriving:

»
Malaysia to Thailand overland
Traveling around:
» Getting around Thailand
»Thai language for Travel
»
Money, ATM's & credit cards in Thailand
Food, culture & shopping in Thailand:
» Thai food
» Culture & etiquette in Thailand
Shopping in Thailand
»The best places in South East Asia to buy electronics (includes Bangkok)

» How to bargain & barter for souvenirs
Living in Thailand
» Jobs in Bangkok
»
Living, working & volunteering in Thailand
» Doing business in Thailand
» Mobile internet & WIFI in Thailand

Leaving Thailand:
»Thailand to Malaysia overland

 
 

Girl lighting lantern at Yi Peng

Tourist with a tiger at the tiger Kingdom in Chiang Mai
 
 
 
 
Longest Way Hotel Search
 
 
click here to get my free email updates, it's easy! Follow me on Twitter! site map | home | travel blog | inspiration | gallery | travel | stories | about | contact | disclaimer | © copyright 2005 - 2016 www.thelongestwayhome.com The Longest Way Home logo