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Chiang Mai tiger warning Thailand

November 21, 2013 by David Herd

Chiang Mai tiger his name is Tone

Chiang Mai tiger warning Thailand

Chiang Mai tiger warning Thailand

Chiang Mai tiger warning Thailand, the sign could not have been clearer. It was placed a metre from the cage which was at the rear of the zoo away from the other tiger enclosures. It simply said “danger, don’t go past this sign”. Looking back I have done many stupid things in my life and this certainly ranks highly in the “stupidity stakes.”

Naturally I ignored the warning and moved past the sign and put my camera lens through the wire to get a clear shot of the magnificent beast sitting quietly in the pond two meters from my lens. Within one second of taking the photo there seemed to be an explosion in front of me and suddenly I jumped backwards totally soaked with water.

I could barely hear my brother’s raucous laughter from several meters away due to the rapid beating of my heart. The 240 kilo beast had lept from the pond and hit the wire full force with all his four giant paws. My luck held as did the wire, which without exaggeration saved me from being torn to pieces.

The following week I e-mailed the tiger zoo and inquired about this particular Chiang Mai tiger. They told me his name was Tone, he weighed 240 kilo and was far too dangerous to allow the public to get close, he was just used for breeding.

Chiang Mai tiger warning Thailand

Chiang Mai tiger warning Thailand

 

My brother Warren is happily drawing my attention to one of the warning signs.

This guy was much more docile.

Chiang Mai tiger warning Thailand

To get this close to a Chiang Mai tiger without being mauled I am sure these guys are drugged fairly heavily. Even so,  is an amazing experience.

Getting ready for the night market.

Chiang Mai tiger warning Thailand

There are many markets in Chiang Mai, this is the Anusarn Night Market Eastern side of Old City on Chang Khlan Road.  

Anusarn Night Market

Chiang Mai tiger warning Thailand

Chiang Mai’s historic importance is derived from its close proximity to the Ping River and major trading routes. While officially the city of Chiang Mai only covers most parts of the Mueang Chiang Mai district with a population of 160,000, the urban sprawl of the city now extends into several neighbouring districts. This Chiang Mai Metropolitan Area has a population of nearly one million people, more than half the total of Chiang Mai Province.  

Downtown Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai tiger warning Thailand

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Chiang Mai tiger warning Thailand

Right opposite our hotel, the Raming Lodge.

Raming Lodge, good location.

Chiang Mai tiger warning Thailand

 

The Raming Lodge is only short walk to lots of bars, restaurants and night markets.

River cruise in Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai tiger warning Thailand

 

This was a nice little tour.

Will the motor last the distance?

Chiang Mai tiger warning Thailand

 

Notice the fuel source is a gas bottle?

Riverside temple.

Chiang Mai tiger warning Thailand

So many temples and so little time. 🙂

Museum on the river.

Chiang Mai tiger warning Thailand

 

This was certainly worth exploring.

Kissing a cobra.

Chiang Mai tiger warning Thailand

If you don’t have a girlfriend then you can always kiss a cobra.

I’m glad it is him and not me. 🙂

Chiang Mai tiger warning Thailand

 

These guys must be crazy. 

Bus to Bangkok, never again.

Chiang Mai tiger warning Thailand

The problem wasn’t the 10 hour journey, it was the tv with the volume too high showing for several hours a Thai variety show. Totally infantile, well suited for 5 year old children. Naturally we requested a lower volume but the control was not working. As I said before, never again. My most vivid memory of course was when the Chiang Mai tiger jumped at the wire fence intent on having me for lunch. 🙂  

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