Chiang Mai Zoo is located on Huay Kaew road at the base of Doi Suthep, just past Chiang Mai University. It was established by Zoological Park Organization of Thailand in 1974. For some travellers, zoo is not usually at the top of their list of the things to see. But since I love to interact with the animals and aside from I’m spending a few weeks in Chiang Mai, I decided to visit the place. The zoo is lying right at the base of a mountain covering about 200 acres.
Entrance Gate of Chiang Mai Zoo
The animals you will find here is fairly common. What makes this place interesting is its setting which is located in a hilly area. Animals here seem quite well cared for. There are some old-style small cages, but most animals are displayed in quite large enclosures. There are also several pens that allow you to get quite “up close and personal” with the animals. You can easily spend your day roaming round the zoo. Other attractions in the zoo are the Panda and Aquarium, all at extra cost.
I said it before and I’m requesting it once more, If you will go or if you’re inside a zoo:
– Don’t make any additional action that will further stress already deprived animals. Don’t feed them with any extra food you brought.
– If you come with kids, you can do a lot if you tell them the difference between a real environments and a ZOO.
Adult – 100 Baht (US$3.30)
Children – 50 Baht (US$1.60)
You can get there by tuk-tuk or songtaew (red pickup with benches in the back). The fare for songtaew is 20 Baht/ person. You’ll have no problem getting transportation back into town center, as there are always some songtaew waiting outside.