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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  • I was pleasantly surprised by the Chiang Mai Zoo! It holds a nice variety of animals and the grounds are beautiful. It does involve a lot of walking (you can drive your car and park periodically to st...  more »
  • A little chilled by how very catastrophic, we were yet pleasantly surprised by this zoo. Maintenance does not have to be desired except for the reptile part, very creepy. We're in the forest, distances are great. Provide a personal vehicle or rent an electric cart. Beautiful moments with the pandas and kangaroos. After that, it is sometimes sad to observe animals in captivity. That is the feeling of everyone.
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  • The zoo is not the 'happy' place it wants to be known as. The enclosures are tiny and most animals did not have energy ugh to space to roam and be happy. Many had poorly maintained coats indicating po...  more »
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  • 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.
  • This is one of the saddest, most depressing zoos I've ever been too. For a country where elephants are so revered, I didn't expect to see the same elephant chained to the same pole the whole 3 hours we were there. All enclosures are very small with hardly any maintenance done to them. Dirty food and dirty living spaces for the animals and animals at the shows they have act like they aren't fed all day when they finally get their treat. They need to spend less time making the new, pretty garden and spend more money taking care of their animals.
  • To be honest whilst this is a large zoo it’s in a hilly area so if you want to walk around be prepared to walk up and down some pretty steep areas which can be slippery. They do have a bus service that will take you different points and you can look at that area then get the next bus to the next stop. Overall the zoo is tired looking and in need of renovation and some of the overgrowth both in and out of the exhibits needs to be trimmed back.
  • Huge complex, takes around 2h by foot. It's nice that animals have a lot of space, but due to that you need to walk more. If you don't have any chance to visit Zoos in your homeland then one from Chiang Mai is worth visiting. Otherwise rather not.
  • The kids loved it. Not too busy. Lots of different animals. Clean.

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While visiting Chiang Mai, keep in mind that the old town district and the area surrounding the famous night market offer both boutique (relatively expensive) and backpacker (relatively inexpensive) options. The riverside neighborhoods boast exclusive hotels and resorts, where comparatively pricey rooms come with good views and extensive facilities.
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