This zoo houses more than 6,000 animals in an environment comprising of two waterfalls, reservoirs, an open park, camping ... More
Chiang Mai Zoo
This zoo houses more than 6,000 animals in an environment comprising of two waterfalls, reservoirs, an open park, camping spots and animal breeding areas. It also offers some spectacular views of the city. It is best to hire a vehicle as it is too big to walk, and bicycles and motorbikes are not allowed. Among its recent arrivals are 10 penguins, the first ever in Thailand; gibbons, which are bred successfully; and Chayo, the elephant born at the time of the Leonid meteor shower, who became the symbol of the Bangkok Asian Games.
i typically don't get too excited about zoos, but i really enjoyed this one. we were able to feed the hippos and giraffes, which made for some great photo ops. i don't think i've ever been able to get that close to animals at other zoos. all the exhibits seem pretty spread out, so we did a lot of walking, much of it uphill.
if you're planning on visiting doi suthep, consider doing it the same day since you're on that side of town and many songthaews hang out there just waiting for tourists to take up the mountain.
been there once and we couldnt find the way out i dont think i'd go again. its not like a normal zoo, its very quiet and in the middle of nowhere. they were also doing major building work so that wasnt very good
There is a lot of construction going on, obviously for further improvements. The pandas look happy, the tigers and panthers were great to observe but I was very disappointed with the orang utan enclosure and the poor animal looked bored out of its skull. Overweight, it's hair hanging in dread locks and nothing to keep it amused except humans throwing food at it. It's a disgrace to keep an animal in such obvious misery. Send it to Sabah rehab!
I visited here the first time in June 2004 and it was pretty ordinary are far as zoo's go.
I re-visited in November 2006 and I must say there is a lot happening as far as improvements overall and think it is taking great shape.
The highlight...hmm well definitely the Panda Bears followed very closely by the "white tigers" which are simply spectacular.
The Zoo gardens are very hilly, so expect a real workout unless you take the zoo bus which will take you to all of the viewing areas.
I congratulate the Zoo on the wonderful improvements that are currently happening and will visit again in another 12 months or so.
This is not a high quality zoo that you find in Singapore. But, the mountain vistas are quite lovely.
Visiting the panda display was a life- long dream. I took endless photos of these evocative creatures.
The tuk tuk rides to and from Chiang Mai were great fun!
Do it on your own. You don't need a guide.
Constance Nanaimo, B.C.
I always approach zoo's in developing countries with some trepidation, but this is a spacious zoo that sprawls over wooded hills on the edge of town. The interesting collection of animals is reasonably well exhibited. The new panda exhibit is a separate admission price. If you get tired of looking at the animals, watching Thais watch the animals is great sport too.
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