Dusit Zoo in Bangkok
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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. It sits in the midst of Bangkok’s administrative centre, surrounded by important landmarks such as The Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, Parliament and Chitralada Palace (King Rama IX’s official residence).
Dusit Zoo Highlights
Animals from far and wide are featured at Dusit Zoo. Different types of monkeys, hippopotamus, alligators, tigers, and lions together with rare breeds (for Thailand) such as penguins, camels, wallabies, and kangaroos are kept here. Some other highlights include African Savanna, an area where giraffes, ostriches, and zebras roam, Nocturnal House, Reptile House, Pheasants Aviary, Hawks Exhibit, Elephants House, and an impressive Play Land, where many rides are available for your children's laughs and giggles.
The park also features an impressive lake, and at a very small fee, you can enjoy boat peddling and feeding the fish at the same time. There’s even a World War II underground shelter near the hippopotamus habitat – a good diversion for those interested in a bit of Thailand’s WW II history.
Highly recommended is the Food Centre, a large and convenient cafeteria where a great variety of local dishes and desserts can be enjoyed. There are also a 7-Eleven, a KFC, a Mama (instant noodles) stand, ice cream parlours and refreshment kiosks dotted around the zoo. You can even bring your own food and have a picnic as there's plenty of shady gardens and benches.
Dusit Zoo Layout
The park features a large man-made lake in the middle, and various animal zones are placed around it. Large trees and manicured greenery line both sides of the path, providing shaded resting areas throughout. Upon paying the admission fee, you will receive a map detailing all the main attractions and facilities. Dusit Zoo is expansive, so if you have limited time, it's a good idea to pick out your areas of interest from the map and go straight to these places. Alternatively, for a quick observation, hop on the tram ride, a mini-train that takes you around the park in a breezy 20 minutes. If time is not your concern, an easy stroll in a clockwise direction is a guarantee that you'll see everything the park has to offer.
Around Dusit Zoo
Thanks to its convenient location, Dusit Zoo is within walking distance of Bangkok's many attractions. Standing tall and noble on the east side is Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, an impressive example of Italian architecture that's been used for several state and royal functions and ceremonies. Located in front of the throne hall is the Statue of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), the first of its kind erected for a Thai King from funds raised by Thai citizens.
To avoid the heat, crowd and, at times, rowdy kids, try to visit the zoo early in the morning. Bring a hat, put on sunscreen and drink lots of water to keep hydrated.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 18:00
- Location: Rama V Road, Dusit
- Tel: +66 (0)2 282 7111-3 ext 128
- Price Range: Kids THB 50, adults THB 100