Chiang Mai Zoo, Chiang Mai

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See the variety of animals living at Chiang Mai Zoo, including the beloved panda bears. The first zoo of its kind in northern Thailand, the institution houses over 400 species, offering plenty to see and do--especially for younger visitors. Among the many mammals, birds, and reptiles kept here, the main attractions are undoubtedly the giant pandas. Tourists flock in great numbers to see these magnificent creatures, which remain a rare sight outside of China. Put Chiang Mai Zoo into our Chiang Mai holiday builder app to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Chiang Mai.
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  • My wife and inVisited Chiang Mai zoo in march 2018. We decided to walk around instead of taking the transport, which made the day interesting. As we could stop and start whenever we wanted, as we were...  more »
  • Chiang Mai Zoo is worth a visit even if the big animals have far too small room for a decent living. The over side of the small room for the animals are that you come close to them all. Most interesti...  more »
  • We mainly came with the kid to see the giant pandas, and they were just being fed, so we had a Good time seeing them eat their bamboo. The aquarium was also really worth a visit.  more »
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  • This zoo is very big. It's quite physically demanding to walk all the way around. However, there were shuttle buses and the option to rent a golf cart. Word of caution though - our golf cart malfunctioned going down a slope and the brakes did not work. Managed to stop it eventually, but the windscreen fell off. Bit too much drama for my liking, especially when there are kids around. We visited in Dec 2017 and many parts of the zoo were closed. Best part was feeding the animals. You can buy feed for a donation.
  • Excellent considering its 150 baht to get in. However it's a mix bags, some animals are in nice large enclosures and look healthy and happy. Other animals like fishing cats or orangutan look sad, alone, pacing in small enclosure. New stuff like gibbon areas are large and look great. Others are tight small holocaust rooms
  • You can easily spend the whole day here. The area is huge. Personal vehicles are allowed with an extra fee which could be convenient if you come as a group or have small children. Parking is available throughout the zoo. Some highlights include the aquarium, snow dome, bird and seal show. Some places require an extra fee. Some facilities are dated and could use better maintenance but overall it is well organized. Food and drinks are available throughout and the prices are not so bad compared to some other parks.
  • I have been there like 10 years ago, since the panda just arrived. The zoo was lively and plenty of animals. This year was nothing like that. There are less animal than you ever think and dirty.The entire safari zone had around 8-10 animals. Many zones were shut down, it's almost like you're walking in the Jurassic park. Althrough, I didn't get into the aquarium and panda since the bad review in many website.
  • A huge area with steep slopes and large spaces, the zoo is a vast one. Be prepared to climb those slopes if you plan to go around by foot. Bringing one's own vehicle comes at an additional charge. There is a hop on hop off bus service inside which comes at an additional charge of 30B per adult, and so does everything else such as the aquarium, the panda house, snow park etc. The entry fee itself is high and add to that every other attraction that comes at an additional charge, which is not just annoying but outrageous. Located at the foot of Suthep, the area is picturesque to say the least. The zoo is well-maintained and clean. It's the size of some of the cages that leaves a lot to be desired. The sight of clipped parrots is depressing and so is the case of some animals that are confined to tiny cages. At times, with the exception of the panda house, it's hard to tell whether conservation is the real intention of keeping animals in this zoo. Visit the panda house only if you need to coz it's a rip-off. The pics of people cuddling and sitting close to pandas are edited (chroma key) pics, which visitors won't know until they enter the panda house after paying the additional 200B entry fee. One can find a green screen and a few chairs where they take a photograph and edit the pic to include two pandas for an additional cost of 200B (apart from panda house entry fee of 200B). As mentioned earlier, every attraction or activity comes at an additional cost and profiting seems to be the only motive behind running this zoo.

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