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Chiang Mai Zoo
Intimate Animal Trip and Amusement in Chiang Mai Zoo
One of the exhibits that you must see during the visit to Chiang Mai Zoo is the Pandas named Chuang Chuang and Lin Hui (or Thewan and Thewee as they are known to the Thais). The adorable and extra fluffy duo is considered as the zoo's hottest star, living in the pen specially designed according the cool mountain climate of their natural home in China. It is best to see the pandas in the morning as they are occupied in wrestling and playing on the structures of their home. On the other hand, you will find it amusing to visit them in the afternoon as Chuang Chuang and Lin Hui will unintentionally challenge you in the staring battle contest, having nothing to do as they have spent their whole energy in the earlier time.
Besides Panda, the adorable animal that you must see when you come to Chiang Mai Zoo is the Koalas which were shipped from Australia's Taronga Zoo. The Koalas's arrival to Chiang Mai Zoo was to mark the 60th anniversary of His Majesty the King's Accession to the Throne in 2006. The name of Koala comes from Aboriginal word meaning 'no drink' as the marsupial species get water from their chief food, eucalyptus or gum leaves. In 2013, Chiang Mai Zoo welcomed the birth of a baby koala of Simpson and Fulla, two of the four koalas. Currently, the visitors are able to take a look at 10 koalas in their enclosure at the zoo, seeing the fluffy creature occupied in their daily activities.
Though its popularity is not as well-known as Panda and Koala, Serow which is known by their scientific name 'Capricornis Sumatraensis' is a goat antelope from Bovidae family, which is protected under the Wildlife Act. The wild species which is expected to live until 20 years have sharp horns that are used to protect their territories and often gather in herds. The visitors of Chiang Mai Zoo are able to observe how Serow eat their fare that consist of grass, leaves, and shoots at their enclosure, as well as seeing them swimming in the small river to cool down their body temperature in the stifling weather of Thailand.
After take a look at the animals living in the land, it is the time to say hello to the underwater world and meet fishes and other aquatic animals. In Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium, you are able to do various underwater activities, such as feeding milk to the carp at 11.20 am and 14.20 am, riding water bicycle to see the beautiful view of waterfall, getting wet by snorkeling and scuba diving, surveying the source and ecosystem of the river headwaters where the Queen Crab lives, explore the indoor cave where the reptiles inhabit, and view the exhibition of jellyfish and seahorse. The refreshing yet peculiar discover will be another memorable experience that last for a long time.
The last significant part of Chiang Mai Zoo that you have to see is the Snow Dome which is designed with the snow-theme decorations, such as ice chair and snowman made of a big ice cube, the on point spot to take selfies. Not only the ice, in the freezing Snow Dome you can 'travel' to a lot of world attractions such as the Great Wall, Eskimo house, and Chinese-style house. The special feature Snow Ski Tube imported from abroad is available as the enjoyable item that the visitors can use to sit and slide down with their beloved ones.
How to Get Tickets?
There are four ticket categories applied. Zoo only is THB 150 for adult and THB 100 for kid, Zoo and Aquarium is THB 520 for adult and THB 390 for kid, Zoo and Panda Enclosure is THB 250 for adult and THB 12 for kid, and Snow Dome (no information whether the ticket can be associated with the main zoo) is THB 150 for adult and THB 100 for kid. There is no additional fee for Seal Show and Animal Show, whereas the snorkelling in the Aquarium is charged THB 500 for both adult and kid.
How To Get Around?
There are several options to explore Chiang Mai Zoo, such as walking, riding your own car and pay THB 50 as the ticket fee, book the panorama bus for THB 30 (adult) or THB 20 (kid), and rent the golf cart for THB 350 in the first hour and THB 300 for the next hour by driving it yourself.
What Should I Wear?
It is best to wear the casual clothes of your choice, be it the shirt, dress, long or short pants and skirts. As for the shoes, sandals and sneakers are your good friends to move comfortably in the zoo.
Best Time to Visit
Chiang Mai Zoo operates from 8 am to 5 pm every day. However, it is best to visit in the morning at 9 am to 10 am and 2.30 to 4 pm because the weather is not too hot.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, but you can find zoo officers whenever you need help or seek information about the animal and facilities in the zoo.
How To Get There?
You can reach Chiang Mai Zoo by Songthaew / Rod Dang (Red Taxi) for THB 20, by Taxi (charge THB 30 for the first km and THB 4 for the next km, may book from Chiang Mai Airport Taxi, by tuk-tuk or samlor (fee varied from THB for short distance to THB 100), by bicycle (rental charge for THB 30 to 250 per day), and motorbike.