Playing with Tigers in Thailand
Once we heard that Tiger Kingdom was opening a new location in Phuket, we knew we had to go again. After all, it doesn’t take much to get us out of the house and playing with tigers in Thailand! The Phuket location has tigers that were raised and trained at the Chiang Mai location and they even brought down the trainers to make the tigers as comfortable as possible. It’s always exciting to see animals up close, but Tiger Kingdom takes it to a whole new level, letting you get up close and personal with these beautiful big cats.
Tiger Kingdom Phuket is open daily from 9am-6pm and has a buffet lunch for 550 baht (about $17 USD) which is served from 11am-3pm. If you’re in Phuket, you can ask any Tuk-Tuk or taxi driver to take you to Tiger Kingdom and they’ll know exactly where to go. Although they wont let you in if you have been drinking, they is a bar on site in case you need a drink to celebrate conquering your fears or to just calm your nerves after playing with tigers!
Prices start at 800 baht (about $25 USD) to play with just the largest tigers and the complete package goes all the way up to 3,500 baht (about $111 USD) to play with all age groups and includes a photographer who will give you 50-70 pictures from your time there. You can add a photographer to any package or age group for an additional 500 baht (about $15 USD).
Watch our video about our trip and to learn about how it works!
**NOTE: In no way do we condone the mistreatment, drugging, or general abuse of animals in any setting or in any country. That said, the rights of animals in Thailand are less supported than in many other more developed countries world wide and many animal activities in Phuket greatly lack general welfare of the animals, with many veering straight into neglect and abuse. Phuket is run by tourism and if people want to pay to play with tigers someone will give them that opportunity. We highlight Tiger Kingdom as one of the most humane places to interact with animals in Phuket that we have found. While not perfect, the animals are well taken care of and loved. We give the above information not as a statement of fact but as an opinion of the experience as it presented itself to us, so that you the viewer, can make your own ethical and moral decision if you would like to visit.