Zoo & Live Animal Shows in Bangkok
One of the greatest highlights of a family trip overseas is seeing lots of exotic animals which you can’t see in your own country. It’s even better if you can pet them, feed them, ride them and watch them appear in shows. Adding animals to a holiday with children is a recipe for success, and so, in nearly every big touristy city in the world you will find a zoo or aquarium.
Thailand in particular is full of options for friendly face-to-face encounters with animals of every type, shape and size. The elephants must be mentioned first of all. You can ride them, feed them bananas, watch them perform incredible shows (including football, basketball and drawing with their trunks) and even bathe in a river with them.
Then there are the monkeys, who roam freely in the forests, the beaches and even some of the temples. They will happily eat straight out of your palm. There are tiger cubs you can take pictures with and adult tigers which you can pet and even (for an extra cost) have them put their big head in your lap.
There are also snake shows (including extremely poisonous ones) and shows of many other animals. Of course, Thailand also has plenty of zoos, aquariums and safaris in several destinations. In short, it’s a real heaven for animal lovers, a truly remarkable experience which will stay with your child for many years. Getting to know the animals up close will teach your children better than any class at school about the properties of the animals, their behaviour, their defence mechanisms, their habitat and many other fascinating facts.
Dusit Zoo, or 'Khao Din', is a fully-function animal park with facilities such as an animal hospital, zoo museum and educational centre, sightseeing train, activities ground and canteen. It houses some 1,600 domestic and international animals, including albino barking deer and white Bengal tigers. Covering a total area of 188,800sqm, Dusit Zoo was Thailand's very first zoo and has been around for more than 60 years.
Opened since 1988, Safari World is divided in two distinct areas: The open space of Safari Park where you can drive through in your car or in the park bus represents 480 acres for its open zoo and 180 acres for its bird park, then the Marine Park which is more of a traditional zoo mixed with many shows, lots of food stalls and plenty of souvenir shops.
The Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo is an internationally renowned crocodile zoo in Bangkok, Thailand. The park claims to hold the world's largest crocodile in captivity, named Yai, measuring 6 metres (19 feet, 8 inches) and weighing 1114 kilograms (2455 pounds). Yai is one among over 100,000 crocodiles at the world's largest crocodile farm. Visitors to the crocodile farm can see a wide variety of animals other than crocodiles, including elephants, lions, tigers, monkeys, horses and hippos.