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City: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Date: October 2017
Excursion: Chiang Mai Zoo & Aquarium
Chiang Mai Zoo and Aquarium is one of the best zoo’s I have ever come across and I like to think I know what a good zoo is compared to a not so good zoo. I have visited many different zoo’s and aquariums all around the world as I have a huge passion for animals. Chiang Mai Zoo and Aquarium offers a huge variety of animals that people are able to see and also learn a little about, which is very important for people to understand animals and how they live. Additionally, people also get the added bonus of going to the aquarium and learning about marine life as well as land animals for a small added fee which can be purchased at the front gate or at the aquarium inside the zoo itself. Some of the views over Chiang Mai city are amazing from inside Chiang Mai Zoo and Aquarium.
Chiang Mai Zoo and Aquarium is located North-West of Chiang Mai, approximately 5-6 km from the Old City. It is easy enough to get to as there are always tuk tuk’s and songthaew’s going there. However, I recommend getting a songthaew as that should be 30 baht per person whereas the tuk tuk will almost certainly try and rip you off.
As previously mentioned this is by far the best zoo I have ever come across. The living conditions for the animals are very good compared to other zoo’s like Dusit Zoo in Bangkok. Upon arriving here I bought the zoo and aquarium ticket together and off the top of my head it was relatively cheap. Well worth the money anyway. The zoo is enormous, to the point you are allowed to take your own transport into the zoo or you can hire transport from the zoo itself. There is public transport that the zoo put on for a small fee which will cut out pretty big and challenging hikes. There is also a few very cool walkways that enable you to get pretty close to animals which Travis absolutely loved.
Halfway around the zoo is the aquarium. To get here you need to walk over a bridge which is over a pond where fish can also be seen. On the bridge itself they have some fake animals so kids can touch and get close to, Travis was particularly curious about the fake crocodile that had its mouth open, which was funny to see. Once inside the aquarium, there was a variety of marine life as well as some reptiles that could be looked at. Travis’s favourite part was going in the tunnel under the aquarium tank because the fish were swimming all around him.
Here at Chiang Mai Zoo and Aquarium, you will meet many many kinds of people. There was a lot of tourists here visiting Thailand’s most impressive zoo and also locals. The staff here at Chiang Mai Zoo and Aquarium were very friendly and helpful also.
MY FAVOURITE PART
I love being able to watch animals that you may never get to see in the wild. Being able to show Travis some of the animals here in the zoo, that may be extinct very shortly if the world doesn’t change, that may not be around when he grows up. Seeing him happy because he can see animals was also a very pleasant moment.
MY LEAST FAVOURITE
The only thing I didn’t like was all the walking so I wished I had taken the bus or hired a vehicle to get around the zoo rather than doing a lot of walking. This is kind of a good thing on the zoo’s part as you would have to spend a whole day here to be able to see everything it offers.