Where to See Tigers in Asia (In the Year of the Water Tiger)

2 February 2022

Happy New Lunar Year from everyone at Remote Lands. It is a time of great celebration in many countries throughout Asia as we usher in the Year of the Tiger — a new beginning.

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Happy New Lunar Year from everyone at Remote Lands. It is a time of great celebration in many countries throughout Asia as we usher in the Year of the Tiger — a new beginning. As travel returns across the continent, there can be no more fitting symbol for an optimistic recovery from the pandemic than the tiger. In Daoism, water can represent flexibility — something we are very mindful of for the coming year. In this newsletter, we’ll look at where wild tigers are found in Asia and where you have the best chance of seeing them. 


We wish you all "kung hei fat choy", “gong xi fa cai” and “chúc mừng năm mới”!


Where once they roamed across the entire continent, fewer than five thousand tigers are now left in the wild. Yet, small pockets of populations have survived in disparate locations throughout at least 13 countries in Asia. The best known of which are the Himalayan nations of India, Nepal and Bhutan, but farther south across the subcontinent small numbers also survive in Bangladesh and Myanmar. The icy wilds of Siberia are home to approximately 500, while relatively significant numbers exist on the Malaysian Peninsula and on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.


There is good news. Although classified as technically extinct in Southeast Asia, a family of juvenile tigers were spotted in Thailand in January (pictured), while there are now thought to be a small number of Indochinese tigers in Laos’ Nam Et – Phou Louey National Park


Photograph: Department of National Parks Thailand


A triumvirate of world-class national parks in Northern India provide the best chance of glimpsing wild tigers in their natural habitat anywhere in Asia. The most famous is vast Ranthambore (pictured) — a long-time favorite of wildlife photographers — which also benefits from being the location of the sumptuous Aman-I-Khas. Several of our Aman Jet Expeditions stop here. You can increase your odds of spotting a tiger at Bandhavgarh National Park, in underrated Madhya Pradesh, which has the highest concentration of tigers in India. While the quieter Kanha attracts fewer safari-goers, it is said to have inspired Kipling’s The Jungle Book. 

The absolute best way to see tigers in the wild? Visit all three national parks in one journey. India is expected to reopen to international travel in the near future, with plenty of time before the winter safari period between October and March, when temperatures are cooler and ideal. WHERE ELSE TO SEE TIGERS

Chances of spotting wild tigers somewhere other than Northern India are slim, but not impossible. In the tropical lowlands of Nepal, Chitwan National Park is home to a population of approximately 100 (as well as the wonderful one-horned rhinoceros). The drawback is the high grassland terrain provides perfect cover — you might not be able to see them, but they can see you. For intrepid travelers, the remote neighboring Bardia National Park may be a better bet; the park has been lauded for its conservation work that has seen its tiger population double to around 235.


Those who wish to delve deeper into the wilds of Asia may chance their luck in Bangladesh’s Unesco-protected mangrove forests, the Sundarbans. It was here in this remote wilderness that Remote Lands’ Jay encountered a moments-old tiger paw print (pictured) while out exploring. His enthusiasm was not matched by the escorting armed park rangers, who suggested a hasty retreat. 




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