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Tiger Kingdom, Kathu

(3.5/5 based on 3,400+ reviews on the web)
Tiger Kingdom lets you to pet its gorgeous, iconic residents and take pictures with them. Watch performances at feeding time as the experienced trainers put on a show for you around the center's many separated areas. Make sure to pay attention to the guidance of the staff at all times. Plan your Tiger Kingdom visit and explore what else you can see and do in Patong using our Patong tour planner.
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  • Beautiful animals pity they are locked in cages . While they seem well fed and generally cared for its not how they should be kept. Quite an experience and expensive as hell at the same time with the ...  more »
  • Highly overpriced but worth it...The smallest cubs are fun; rubbing their tummies; holding tails ; but when it came to medium tigers; six in one and all set loose; u get scared a lot: but u dont get s...  more »
  • I was hesitant, and frankly it's an incredible time. These cats are beautiful, they are not drugged or abused on the contrary it is clear they are pampered by the staff who are caring for them. It is very well received and accompanied and feels in total safety. I advise you to take one of their photographer to have very happy memories
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  • We loved it. Will never have an experience like that again. To be able to touch and rub a tiger's belly and have it purring is just mind blowing. Did not see any evidence of cruelty or drug use. Tiger's like most felines are nocturnal. So yes some were sleeping but others were playing in the pool they were able to get up and move if they wished. The trainers were very professional and made sure we were in no danger they carry short batons for our safety and i only saw them used to scratch a tigers head.
  • The trainers were kind, helpful with photos and truly cared about the tigers. The tigers here are NOT drugged, they will play, bathe and sleep during the visit. The tigers are young and just like other kittens they sleep for several hours a day. Safety is a priority, clear instructions are given before seeing any of the tigers and the trainers take small groups at a time to see each tiger. There wasn't a wait for us to go in and with a 3 size package we only spent about an hour in total there.
  • You will get once in a lifetime experience being so close to tigers. Take photos with them also you could play with them of course without hurting them. Worth a visit if you are in Phuket. The charges will be around 1000 Baht, totally worth the price.
  • I'm writing this still feeling very conflicted on how I felt about the experience. The people who work there are so friendly, they always asked "are you happy?" Not in a condescending way, I appreciated them checking in. The tigers are beautiful and were all born at the tiger kingdom. The smallest was a few months old, I actually got to pet his face and massage his ears which they say no to but because it was a baby there was no safety risk so the handler told me I could. I chose the package to see 4 sizes of tigers, as I moved up in size the experience got more weird. It seemed the handler was more interested in taking photos of me with the tigers than anything. I'm sure they probably think they're doing you a huge favor but for me I was more interested in learning about them and petting them. So I started to get irritated when they were telling me to do different poses. Finally when I saw my last tiger I didn't bring my camera in. The handler kept asking where my camera was and I told him that I just wanted to spend time with the tiger, I didn't need a show. That turned out to be the best of all. This tiger was especially active and wanted to walk around. The handler let me hold his tail and walk with him. It was amazing. Would I do it again? Not sure. If I did I would not bring a camera in with me. Are the tigers drugged? I'm not an expert but I have two cats at home that sleep all day so I assume that's why these tigers were sleepy. Tip if you're going in a group or with a friend: register separately that way you each get 10 minutes with the tiger rather than 10 together. Hello, they're scamming there.
  • If you love tigers then please do not give anymore business to this horrible tourist attraction. I witnessed one of the keepers kick a tiger a few times when trying to wake one up in order for us to 'stroke' him/her. The tiger started to growl and was not happy, the keeper persisted to hit the tiger over the head with his stick and confronted the tiger in what looked like was going to be a fight. Once the tiger was in position he asked us to come over and stroke it. We refused to go anywhere near the angry tiger for fear of health and shock that this man was so horrible. A six year old girl who i was looking after was close to crying. All the tigers in the petting kennels were very sleepy and non responsive (drugs??) yet other tigers in restricted cages were pacing it around, looking disturbed, angry and ready to kill. Honestly it was scary. Save yourself the misery and visit many other amazing tourist attractions around Phuket.