Talk about going to Dusit Zoo to Thai friends? Most of them might advise you not to visit it: poorly designed, poorly maintained are generally the complaints that can be heard from locals. However, if you dare to go to Dusit Zoo, you might in contrary be pleasantly surprise. Located in the historical Dusit District in Bangkok, the Zoo used to be a garden belonging to Dusit Palace. It was built during the reign of King Rama V (King Chulalongkorn).
Dusit Zoo is the oldest of its kind in Thailand, and is opened to the public since 1938. The Zoo welcomes every year approximately 2.5 million of visitors, 10 percent of them being foreigners. On display are some 1,600 animals from all continents with particular highlights on reptiles, giraffes, tigers, dusky langur monkeys -the only ones to be seen in Southeast Asia – and soon to come, a panda, a present from China.
The zoo is looking to attract more expatriate and foreign visitors to its premises. Tours are done in English and Japanese while shows of seals and monkeys will delight kids. Special activities are available to young visitors such as feeding giraffes or small goats in the Kid’s zoo. Dusit Zoo can turn into a great excursion target: it is possible to picnic around the zoo central lake under the leafy gardens and even admire some heritage buildings such as the Rama VI-built pavilion, which is now used by the Zoo Lovers Society.
Entrance fees: B50 for Thais, B100 for foreigners. Children B10, B50 for foreigners
Rama V Road Dusit District | 02-281-2000, 0-2281-9027-8 | everyday 8am – 6pm | dusitzoo.org