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Tiger Kingdom

Vlog #2 : Contiki Big Indochina Adventure: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Welcome to the Tiger Kingdom in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Tiger Kingdom- Chiang Mai, Thailand

First off, there is a lot of controversy surrounding tigers in Thailand. The main one being the history of drugging tigers so that they are more placid and able to be pet by tourists. While this is sadly true in some sketchy places, none of the tigers at Tiger Kingdom are drugged. Whether or not that is 100% accurate is up for debate; however, our tour manager assured us that Tiger Kingdom was a legit sanctuary, and from what I witness there I’d say he was correct.

The cages were very well-kept, the handlers were very friendly and seemed to genuinely care for the animals, and everything was done in a professional matter. Yes, at the end of the day it is still a tourist destination, but if they are genuinely breeding and protecting these magnificent creatures, then I am okay with that.

Tiger Kingdom - Chiang Mai, Thailand

One of the reasons the tigers might seem drugged is due to the fact that tiger are nocturnal, meaning they hunt and are most active at night. I know this first hand from when I saw them previously at the Night Safari in the Singapore Zoo.

Tiger Kingdom - Chiang Mai, Thailand

At Tiger Kingdom there were four different choices of tigers to see.

  • Smallest -1-1.5 months old
  • Small-  2-5 months old
  • Medium – 6-9 months old
  • Big – 10-20 months old

Our group choose to visit the smallest and the big cages. I think we made the right decision.

Tiger Kingdom - Chiang Mai, Thailand

Tiger Kingdom - Chiang Mai, Thailand

Tiger Kingdom - Chiang Mai, Thailand

 Thai Cooking Class

After our tiger cuddle was complete, we headed over to a Thai cooking class to learn how to cook some traditional Thai meals.

Thai Cooking Class - Chiang Rei, Thailand

Quick stop at the markets to learn about the ingredients required for Thai cooking.

Thai Cooking Class - Chiang Rei, Thailand

The meals we learned to cook were:

  • Tom Yum Soup
  • Pad Thai
  • Chicken Cashew
  • Green Curry

Thai Cooking Class - Chiang Rei, Thailand

Thai Cooking Class - Chiang Rei, Thailand

Not to bad! I loved all my dishes except for my curry; I’m pretty sure I burnt it. But that’s alright because I have the recipe book and the knowledge to whip myself up another batch.

Yum yum!

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    sammy
    March 22, 2012 at 10:11 am

    you got some amazing photos with the tigers Nadine!
    the food you cooked looks so tasty, i watched’ the video the other day and im really enjoying watching your travel videos :)

    x sammy x

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    Mark
    March 24, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Hey Nadine- quite a change in culture from your New Zealand and Australia vlogs. I get a sense of fresh enthusiasm as you venture into the unknown. Thanks again Nadine–Love your presentation as it’s the next best thing to being there. Bye!

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    September 2, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    What was the name of or link to the Thai Cooking class?
    Do you remember the hours it ran?

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