Chiang Mai is home to two world class zoological parks. Between them, Chiang Mai Zoo and Aquarium and Chiang Mai Night Safari host 500-plus different species of creatures and all corners of the planet are represented. Visitors are provided with unique experiences at the two facilities. These include the rare chance of seeing Sichuan giant pandas, animal entertainment and seal shows, and taking a tram tour through authentic savannah safari and night hunter zones.
The fabulous aquarium complex has a flagship underwater glass tunnel in which visitors are provided with the chance to get up close to diverse marine species. Other bonus draws of the zoos in Chiang Mai are a snow dome and musical fountain shows. Chiang Mai Zoo and Aquarium is at the foot of the city’s Doi Suthep Mountain while Chiang Mai Night Safari is 10kms to the southwest.
CHIANG MAI ZOO
The main entrance to Chiang Mai Zoo is located on Huay Kaew Road. The zoo is spread over a hilly 200-acre plot of land. The 400 species housed at Chiang Mai Zoo include elephants, lions, tigers, ostriches, camels, orangutans and giraffes. The Nakorn Ping Aviary is enclosed, loaded up with lush tropical vegetation and contains 800 birds which roam freely. Walkways through the aviary enable tourists to get close to colourful species.
One of the star attractions at Chiang Mai Zoo are two giant pandas, Lin Hui and Chuang Chuang. These two lovable creatures have their own purpose-built enclosure. the enclosure’s gift shop sells a huge range of panda-themed mementos and accessories. A few metres away, the Snow Dome is a must for youngsters who have not seen or felt snow before.
Kolas, penguins and seals all reside in their own enclosures. Seal shows are staged twice daily on weekdays and three dimes a day on weekends and national holidays. Animal stunt shows featuring the likes of parrots, bearcats and monkeys follow the same frequencies, but at different times so that visitors can see both.
Chiang Mai Zoo: #100, Huay Kaew Rd., T. Suthep, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 08:00-18:00 (Daily) | Entrance Fees: Adult 150 B, Child 70 B | Tel: +66 53 221 179 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
CHIANG MAI AQUARIUM
Chiang Mai Aquarium is split up into different themed sections. Under the River is Number one on the lists of most visitors. This 66-metre tunnel passes through a recreation of the Mekong River. Giant barbs, striped catfish and clown knifefish are a trio of the many denizens of thee deep visible from the tunnel.
Chiang Mai Aquarium: #100, Huay Kaew Rd., T. Suthep, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 10:00-17:00 (Mon-Fri), 09:00-17:30 (Weekend) | Entrance Fees: Adult 520 B, Child 390 B | Tel: +66 53 221 179 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
CHIANG MAI NIGHT SAFARI
Opened in 2006, Chiang Mai Night Safari has fats evolved into one of the city’s most beloved attractions. The different sections of this nicely laid out parks host more than 1,000 animals from 130 species. The collection ranges from miniature horses and Brazilian tapirs to tigers, lions and white rhinos.
Visitors have the choice of taking a day or night safari on one of the facility’s trams or walking around the Jaguar Trail. The tram tours take in the Savannah Safari and Predator Prowl sections. African species such as wildebeests, giraffes and zebras are key sights in Savannah while crocodiles and lions are among those in the Predator Prowl.
The Jaguar Trail follows a one kilometre route around the lake at Chiang Mai Night Safari. The lake is the venue for laser fountain shows twice each evening and these are an integral part of the Night Safari experience. Dance shows and the Photo Corner are the other two key draws here. At the latter, people can get souvenir photos taken while holding animal cubs.
Chiang Mai Night Safari: #3, M. 12, T. Nong Khwai, A. Hang Dong, Chiang Mai 50230 | Open: 11:00-22:00 (Daily) | Entrance Fees: Adult 800 B, Child 400 B | Tel: +66 53 999 000 | Fax: +66 53 999 099 | Website | Map