Chiang Mai Zoo, Chiang Mai

2.8
#2 of 38 in Parks in Chiang Mai
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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  • Negatives: Safety at this zoo is only related to the "God Panda" for which a babysitter has been assigned. Otherwise a child can easily be eaten by a crocodile if he is not well supervised (see photos). No logic in the structure of the zoo. The train does not indicate the white tiger yet a rarity. Positives: low price, small train correct, walk in the trees
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  • Chiang mai zoo is good. Animals like lions, tigers, jaguars, black Panthers, leopards and especially pandas are well taken care of. The place of elephant is also spacious but there is one lonely eleph...  more »
  • what a disappointment, I had made this zoo in 2011, the animals were beautiful in appropriate spaces. very few animals, the pandas do this for a fee. In short I do not advise him at all.
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  • Quite sure good zoo complex, well laid out and takes a good day to get around. Most of the attractions were well kept. There is a monorail that you can ride and the kids enjoyed being able to feed elephants and ride ponies. They have a good range of animals and the enclosures are set out for reasonably good viewing. There is a food hall for lunch and plenty of other snacks available.
  • Awesome zoo. Different style comparing to modern European zoos but definitely worth visiting. Animals are in more natural environment. I wish I had more time there. My kids were amazed too. Pandas (Chiang Mai Zoo is one of 16 zoos outside the China that have pandas), koalas, and much more.
  • Quite possibly the worst zoo in the world. I think all of the animals escaped because I didn’t see any in the displays. I did see some chickens though. They have a whole display on chickens. WTF. For the love of god don’t waste your time. I wonder if I can get a refund. I wanted to put no stars but my wife made me put one star up for the obese depressed rhino. Can you believe they make you pay extra for the panda? If there is even a panda... bet it is a university student in a costume.
  • This zoo is massive! You can drive your own car/motorbike around it or buy a cheap ticket for the bus to drop you off around the park. Unless you are quite fit, its too big to walk around, and its very hilly. The zoo has so much potential. Its positioned in an awesome location and many of the enclosures are really big and well designed, but then many, such as many of the individual bird and turtle enclosures, are too small, boring or run down. The walk through bird enclosure is absolutely huge, covering a few acres, with a running creek through the middle, but there were hardly any birds in there. The penguin enclosure was super depressing, very stark and dirty looking, and the water was green with barely 1meter of visibility. All of the primates had pretty cool island style enclosures but there was only a single primate on each island. The orangutan looked super depressed and his enclosure was very overgrown with weeds and unkept. There was a lot of rubbish all around the zoo and we didn't see a single zoo keeper all day until just as we were leaving the park. All the animals appeared well fed but there just seemed to be general neglect of the whole zoo. The zoo has so much potential to be awesome. Perhaps they should increase the entry fee which is very cheap,150 Baht per adult (about $7 Australian) and employ some more staff. Also make sure you take your own toilet paper as none of the toilets have any so you're forced to buy it from one of the little shops on site. Heaps of places to eat within the zoo which were really cheap, and you can pay 10 Baht (about 50 cents) to get a small basket of food to feed the giraffes, and same for the hippos.
  • A good zoo and a great find at the foothills of the mountains. They seem to be improving all the time, but it is not an international zoo quality like you'll find in Singapore. A tip for you to consider... for 50 baht extra you can take your car into the zoo grounds and drive everywhere. I've never seen a zoo offer this and if you or someone in your group have limited mobility, or you're with young kids, this is excellent choice. The size of the zoo grounds is large and if you don't have abcar be prepared to walk extensively, including up challenging hills.
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