The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.


Chiang Mai tiger warning Thailand

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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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ???? Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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