Attraction Tiger Kingdom Phuket 118/88 Moo 7, Kathu, Thailand Published on: 26-06-2016
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Why Tiger Kingdom Phuket is special ?
Tiger Kingdom is an attractive, squeaky-clean setup located right next to the Go-Kart track in Kathu at the foot of Patong Hill. On four acres of land, it cost approximately 100 million baht to build.
Stroll into reception and you’ll be greeted by a small army of orange-shirted greeters who will lead you through the paperwork necessary in meeting a big cat. For starters, you’ll need to sign a waiver exonerating Tiger Kingdom in case an accident happens, but this is standard procedure and you’ll have to do the same to bungy jump or to go on a zip line through the jungle.
What to explore at Tiger Kingdom Phuket?
Essentially, this is where you’ll have to decide what size tiger you will visit in its cage: Single ticket prices start at 800 baht and a full combination ticket is 3,500 baht; this allows you to visit all the enclosures petting tigers of all ages with a professional photographer accompanying you in one cage. Predictably enough, the baby tigers are the most popular.
There are strict procedures to follow at Tiger Kingdom: before entering an enclosure you’re asked to leave your belongings outside in a locker, remove your shoes and wash your hands. If you take a camera into the enclosure you are asked (more like told) to turn the flash off but each enclosure has a professional photographer in it to take a (fairly expensive) snap of you petting a tiger. Screens controlled by a computer system announce where you are allowed to be by quoting your ticket number next to the enclosure number. There are safety rules listed on colourful signs throughout Tiger Kingdom. Tiger Kingdom is largely made up of concrete; this facilitates keeping the place clean and yes, the place is almost spotless.
The cats each have a pool in which to play and plenty of natural light. Their feeding time is at 19:00 and the best time of day to visit would appear to be opening time at 09:00 to avoid the crowds and heat.
The cats are simply magnificent, if not a little sleepy (they typically sleep about 18 hours a day) and they are obviously bursting with health. They have been used to human presence since birth and appear somewhat nonchalant about people coming and going even when being petted. Because of safety reasons, smaller children cannot go into the medium or larger tiger enclosures.
But is it dangerous? Well, common sense would say ‘of course’ as even a lifetime of training can go wrong with a large predator but so far so good: Tiger Kingdom in Chiang Mai has been open for years without a serious incident.
- For an excellent experience
- A must while in Phuket
- Original wooden effect
- Lovely Animals
- Kids love it
Tiger Kingdom Phuket 118/88 Moo 7, Kathu, Thailand
Tips for you
I was worried that I wouldnt enjoy this as I thought it may be cruel but I had a really good day. Some of the tiger enclosures they are kept in through the day are a bit small but you can see they open up to areas behind that are a lot bigger and give the tigers more Freedom during closed hrs. Some tigers are very active and others are very sleepy so I dont believe what some people are saying about them being drugged and I hope I'm right. I saw no cruelty from the staff/trainers and they were all very helpful. If the managers read this I would say the main thing to keep the public happy is to keep improving the welfare of the animals every where you can.