Home to 1600 varied species of animals, both national & International, this is Thailand’s oldest zoo. Centrally located at the Khao Din Park in the Dusit district, this one is located next to the parliament house and the Dusit palace. Once upon a time, this was King Rama V’s private garden. After the death of the King, it remained neglected for a few years. In the year 1938, the revolutionary government asked King Rama VIII to give this park so it can be started as a public zoo. The King donated this park along with a whole host of deer and other animals for the purpose of public exhibition. It was operated by the city of Bangkok until the year 1954 and then handed over to the State Zoological Park organization which is responsible for operating numerous other Zoo’s including the Khao Kheow Zoo.

 

The Zoo with an expanse of around 188.800 square meters is a popular attraction of Bangkok and boasts of welcoming atleast 2.5 million visitors every year. The Zoo is host to 300 mammals, 200 reptiles and 800 birds besides other indigenous species. The range of animals here include the elephants, camels, giraffes, alligators, monkeys, kangaroo and various others. The albino beer and the white tiger are amongst the famous attractions here. Besides all this, there is also a lake in the centre of the park which offers paddle boats for rent. Be careful to paddle in this lake as you could also witness the komodo dragon in here. A sight seeing train also serves the purpose for a great exploration here. The Zoo also has a food center which serves a great variety of local dishes as well as desserts. Besides this there is a 7-Eleven, a KFC, a Mama (instant noodles stand) and a lot of other refreshment kiosks spread around the zoo.

 

The Zoo is well equipped with an Animal Hospital, a Zoo museum and an Educational centre. The Zoo is open for public from 8 am to 6 pm and charges a ticket of 50 bahts for children and 100 bahts for adults. So the next time you are in Bangkok, make sure to visit this famous wildlife retreat as it promises to be a great escape from the city’s hustle and bustle.