Suggestions for... Wildlife-Animal-Nature ideas in Thailand
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Mar 26, 2013 9:53 AM Last Post By: dnowak
Jun 14, 2012 1:45 AM
Suggestions for... Wildlife-Animal-Nature ideas in ThailandMy friend and I will be traveling to Thailand this September and we're both nature lovers and interested in the wildlife there. We're looking for suggestions on some of the different things involving animals (both native and non) that you can recommend.
Being an animal lover... of course I'm concerned with the care of the animals. I know many people have complained that Tiger Temple drugs their tigers, so I am not interested in going there. I did find out there's another place where you can interact with tigers in Chiang Mai, so that's definitely on my list. I haven't heard anything bad about that place. I also found a reputable elephant refuge through this forum and plan on spending a few days there. But I'm still looking for more suggestions.
Has anyone been horse back riding? Any outfits you prefer?
I am also VERY interested in water buffalo and would love to spend some time around them. Either interacting with them one or one or seeing a race or just seeing them work would be lovely. I'm having trouble finding info on that.
Anything else cool I may not even realize is there? I can also travel to Cambodia, Laos, etc.
Jun 14, 2012 4:44 AM
1I advise you just google Thailand 'x' (x = animal) and see what you get.
There may be people out there who really went looking for unique animal experiences but I would assume most just did the generic stuff. Drugged Tiger Temple photo - Elephant back ride/wash. I am sure there are places you can volunteer.
I just googled Thailand Animal Sanctuary/Volunteer and found a fair few links. Have a look and have a great trip
Jun 14, 2012 7:11 AM
2Visited the Tiger Sanctuary in Samoeng, just north of CM and all seemed fine. No druggung of Tigers and the interaction was enjoyable.
For Elephants I would recommend the Elephant Nature Park in the same area. Amazing place!
Jun 14, 2012 9:37 AM
3How would you know that they were not drugged? That is like saying Charles Manson seemed like a normal chap when I saw him in the pub so I don't know what all the fuss is about.....
Tigers are natural born predators with a lot of strength and very fast reflexes, so any jungle cat that random strangers can walk up to and rub their tummy is NOT in a normal situation. Have you ever seen a place in a modern country (USA, UK, Canada, Europe, etc.) when you can 'play' with tigers - there is a reason for that.
Go to these places if you want to get the typical tourist photo, but don't kid yourself into believing that these animals are not drugged.
Jun 14, 2012 10:17 AM
4You definitely want to go to Khao Sok National Park in the south of Thailand. My advice is to get a guide, bring appropriate clothing (hiking shoes, head-to-toe clothes, etc.) and go on a trek. Also, don't splurge on a bungalow if you want the real experience. We watched a large iguana fall directly above us, onto our mosquito net, and I met other travelers who woke up to monkeys in their room while staying there!
If you want to see water buffalo up close, I'd suggest going to the Northeast/Isaan. Not many travelers go there, but that's where I spent the majority of my eight months and it's an absolutely fantastic, authentic experience where the buffalo farmers herd them down the road. You can pet them if you like. Check out my pictures of the Northeast here: http://jessicajhill.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/northeastern-thailand-a-photoblog/
Enjoy your trip!
Jun 14, 2012 2:41 PM
Jun 14, 2012 9:46 PM
6This may not be going out of your way for, but if you are anywhere near Khao Yai National Park i suggest you visit the Bat Cave.
It's only 2 - 3 hour excursion, the event itself lasts about one hour. What you see is one of natures great natural events, thousands upon thousand of bats leaving their cave on the hillside to go and hunt. It's certainly not something you see every day, and you having a particular interest in nature it would be well worth seeing. Get more information about the Khao Lak Chang Bat Cave .
Jun 15, 2012 12:35 AM
7For water buffalo, you need to get out to the untouristed areas, like #4 says.
Most of them have been eaten by now, as they are being rapidly replaced by the mechanical version.
I try to avoid any "attractions" involving live animals, as the standard of care is far below what I am comfortable with.
Perhaps not surprising in a country where people are treated abysmally.
Jun 15, 2012 1:03 AM
Jun 15, 2012 4:53 AM
9Just with regards to visa's here:
A tourist visa technically doesn't cover volunteering or studying (Tiger Muay Thai Camps or Scuba things). They openly promote activities that bring cash in to the country but wherever you may decide to volunteer it may be worth contacting them first and checking there are no problems with the visa you are on ...
That or the people who have been could let you know whether they had issues regarding visa.
Mar 26, 2013 9:53 AM
10There's some great animal sanctuaries you can visit that are listed here
(0 star Hotel)
From US$44.60 per night
(4 star Hotel)
From US$134.33 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$101.20 per night