Chiang Mai Zoo
The Chiang Mai Zoo was established in 1977, and it is the first commercial zoo in Northern Thailand. Since then, the zoo has become a very popular tourist destination for both locals and foreigners alike.
The zoo stretches out over 200 acres, and it is home to over 400 animal species including: rhinos, giraffes, elephants, giant pandas, and tigers; just to name a few.
The zoo is also home to two large aquariums. In fact, it boasts a mind-blowing 133 meter long aquatic tunnel which is the longest in South East Asia. It also has a large marine aquarium ecosystem where you will encounter rare freshwater and saltwater fish. In all, there are almost 2,000 species of marine creatures to be discovered.
Aside from the aquariums, the zoo also is the site of the Nakhon Ping Bird Aviary. The huge walk-in aviary contains over 130 bird species from both Thailand and abroad. The aviary is filled with lush vegetation and a stream, giving it a tropical paradise ambiance.
Getting around the zoo is very easy and covenant because visitors can travel around effortlessly on a two kilometer monorail complete with four tram stations that stop at main attractions. This is a big help during the hot Thai weather.
The Chiang Mai Zoo has recently welcomed a new special resident to the park. As of January of 2015, visitors can finally view the adorable three month old sun bear club. The cub’s mother has recently decided to start bringing the new cub out of its cave and this has had visitors flocking to see the loveable little bear cub.
The zoo is located on 100 Huay Kaew Road in Chiang Mai, just north of the Chiang Mai University, and it sits at the foot of Mount Doi Suthep which is home the famous golden temple- Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.
The zoo is open from 8am until 7pm daily, but for those looking for a bit of nocturnal adventure; check out the night safari, open from 6pm until 9pm.