Some friends of ours joined us on the Thailand leg of our vacation. We went to the "Tiger Temple". Some of the small cats were free to roam and be petted.
The big tigers are exercised like crazy and then fed, so they end of being like big hug toys. You have an opportunity to have pictures taken while petting the tigers. For those with a bit more courage and a few bucks, you can actually have a tiger rest his head on your lap while the picture is taken.
A few of the medium sized cats still had some energy left, so we were kept a short distance from them.