Anywho, on to our second full day in Chiang Mai. I had scheduled a day at cooking school but after waiting in the hotel lobby for what seemed like forever I called the school and they had forgotten to pick us up! Sooooo, Ryan and I hopped in a taxi for a drive out of town. And by taxi I mean the bed of a covered pick up truck.
We arrived at our destination: Tiger Kingdom! When you enter the building you get to choose which tigers (yes, I said tigers) you would like to visit (yes, I said visit): smallest, small, medium, or large. You can choose to visit almost any combination of one to four sizes of tigers. We chose to visit smallest, small, and LARGE! First we went to see the babies, which were around 3 months old. And when I say "see", I mean we literally got to get in their pen with them and TOUCH them! They were so cute and playful and tiny (for tigers - they were still bigger than China). We were allowed to be in the pen for about 15 minutes with the handlers and we got to see several of the babies in there.
Look at those paws!
Look at those chompers and claws!
After about 15 minutes with the "small" tigers we headed to the LARGE ones, as in full grown, massive tigers. There was quite a line for the large tigers so we got to sit in the zoo like area outside of the pens and just watch other people with the tigers and the tigers that no one was visiting. Why is my face this close to this tiger's face? Even though Ryan took a picture I'm sure he was secretly freaking out. Don't worry, the tiger didn't even open it's eyes, but still - Public Service Announcement: Don't ever do this.