A Visit to Dusit Zoo / Khao Din | Thailand

A Visit to Dusit Zoo / Khao Din | Thailand

On Hang On There My Big Sister – I’m coming home

I wrote a little paragraph about us hanging out with my big sister, her husband and my younger sister on our visit to Khao Din (Dusit Zoo) in Bangkok in 2011 – when Ethan was just 232 days old. We soon found out that although he had enjoyed watching the animals but the humidity and the heat had really gotten to him and he fell asleep within an hour and half.

This time, we revisited the zoo. Ethan is now 5 years old and this time he can enjoy it with his little sister Evelyn – who is almost 2 years old. Unfortunately, due to my big sister condition – she was unable to join us this time and my younger sister is 5 months pregnant – we didn’t think it was a good idea for her to walk about in the hot heat.

A Visit to Dusit Zoo / Khao Din | Thailand

Ethan & Evelyn riding the golf train around the zoo. Here, Ethan is the lead navigator around the zoo.

About the Zoo

Visitors call the zoo as Dusit Zoo but locally we call it Khao Din (KD). It is situated right in the central of Bangkok next to the Parliament House and Dusit Palace. Khao Din is the oldest zoo of Thailand. I learnt afterwards that it was built by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) as his private botanic garden adjacent to the royal palace. After the king’s death, the garden was left unattended for years.

In 1938, the government led by Prime Minister Field Marshal Jomphol Por Phibulsongkram asked the King Rama VIII to offer the park to Bangkok City Municipality to be open as a public zoo. The King donated deer and a number of other animals from the palace for public exhibition. The City of Bangkok operated the zoo until 1954.

Since then it has been transferred to the state Zoological Park Organization, which also operates Khao Khiao Open Zoo, Chiang Mai Zoo, Songkhla Zoo and Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo. KD spans a total area of 188, 800 square meters, and is regarded as the most popular zoo in Thailand, attracting approximately 2.5 million visitors annually. 

It is now home to over 2,500 species of domestic and international animals, KD serves well a green leisure spot for people from all over the country as well as an outdoor learning venue for students – as we have stumbled upon several students ourselves doing research for the zoo.

A Visit to Dusit Zoo / Khao Din | Thailand

Ethan & Evelyn got a little acquainted with a Thai University student.

We also stumbled upon one of these…

I am not sure what they are call – a water lizard? – but they seem to shy away from humans when we get close by. Many are wondering around freely swimming in/near the big pound – where you can also hire a water cycle boat to peddle around. We also spotted one near the children playground area digging up the grounds looking for some bugs to eat I presumed.

A Visit to Dusit Zoo / Khao Din | Thailand

Beside Dinosaurs, Ethan is also a big fan of birds as he had just learnt all about it at his primary school back in England. KD house 1018 birds so most of this visit was spent looking at birds.

A Visit to Dusit Zoo / Khao Din | Thailand

Ethan & Evelyn found the camels a little too smelly! lol!

A Visit to Dusit Zoo / Khao Din | Thailand

They also didn’t quite believe the size of how big turtles can grow.

A Visit to Dusit Zoo / Khao Din | Thailand

Mind the black crows! They are guarding the bins! Of course scavenging for the leftovers.

A Visit to Dusit Zoo / Khao Din | Thailand

Towards the end of the day, we saw giraffes and zebras, then Ethan noticed a very old Thai animal encyclopedia speed board. It was rather fascinating as I had no idea that there are birds out there which flies faster than an eagle. You learn something new every day don’t you.

A Visit to Dusit Zoo / Khao Din | Thailand

A Visit to Dusit Zoo / Khao Din | Thailand

We didn’t managed to see everything but…

it was quite plentiful for the day. We ended our day at the shady part of the zoo playground and it was just what they needed – just to be able to run around freely without me holding their hands all day long – as I am yes – a little bit of a helicopter mummy. Please don’t hate me.

A Visit to Dusit Zoo / Khao Din | Thailand

A Visit to Dusit Zoo / Khao Din | Thailand

I have to say…

it was a cheap day out compared to other activities going on for kids in Bangkok. You will find like every other places in Thailand – there is a two tiers system; Thais and foreigner. Yep, you may have guessed it being Thai can have my advantageous – some place you can get in for free! But for foreigner (Farang) can be a bit of a steep costs to your pocket!

Opening Hours : daily 08.00 – 18.00 hrs.
Admission Fee : 10 baht – Thai child, 70 baht – Thai adult, 30 baht – Thai Student, 50 baht – foreign child, and 100 baht – foreign adult.

Never the less, I would rather paid more to help with the upkeep of the animals to be well looked after than pay pennies for the zoo. I am in two minds about this. In some area – I found it really hard to accept as it is rather a small zoo so the “wild” animals in captivity are actually have very limited habitation area. I think their habitat home could be a little bigger with more shady area provided for the animals would have been much more appreciated. Though after walking around I could see that there is on-going renovations around the zoo. And it provides such a great and safe environment for the kids – enough for them to run around, learn and explore by themselves.

Have you been to the zoo recently? Which zoo did you visited with your kids and how did you find it? Do let me know or recommend one for us for future visits. 🙂

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Su {Ethan & Evelyn}

Su blogs at Ethan & Evelyn. Ethan (7) & Evelyn (4) are her children. Her blog was originally an online diary but quickly transformed. She blogs about their life adventures of her experiences of motherhood, lifestyle, food, crafts, and travel. Her blog was awarded the Coupon Machine Travel Blog Top100 (#37) in 2016. The #MadBlogAwards 2016 Nominated for Best Craft Blog, Best Family Travel Blog, and Best Preschool Blog. She is a now a Freelance Writer, a Photographer, Co-creator of #ExplorerKids IG community. Host of #FabFridayPost and #ExplorerKids Linkys. And a Kids Yoga Teacher too! Connect with her on Twitter & Instagram @ethannevelyn

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  1. BumbisMom
    08/04/2016 / 8:05 pm

    Great pictures. It looks like a wonderful time was had by all! #FabFridayPost

  2. 08/04/2016 / 9:11 pm

    Wow! How lucky are Ethan and Evelyn? What an amazing experience for them to have so young. I think the most exotic animal I’d probably seen at their age was a donkey It looks like you all had an amazing time. Very jealous. #fabfridaypost

    • 13/11/2016 / 8:41 pm

      I know – they are indeed very lucky kids. I’ve always wanted to see a donkey at their age. 🙂 xx

  3. 08/04/2016 / 11:19 pm

    That looks like such a fun trip! I bet the kids really enjoyed getting so up close with all the cool animals (: I loved your photo of the crow-what a great action shot! #FabFridayPost

    • 13/11/2016 / 8:42 pm

      Oh yes – they live it. Thank you so much. Them crows was a challenge not to get bitten myself! lol!

  4. 09/04/2016 / 12:42 pm

    Looks like you all had a wonderful day Su. Your #ExplorerKids are simply beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. 09/04/2016 / 4:13 pm

    Oh wow this looks amazing! Your photos are as fantastic as always, I really enjoy reading your posts! Thanks for hosting #FabFridayPostLinky

  6. 09/04/2016 / 9:25 pm

    That was a really interesting post. I liked the historical context to the zoo and a bit about Thai history.

    We try and go to zoos whenever we can or at least the farm so our cubs can see animals close up and learn where things like milk and eggs come from. Even at the zoo the favourite part for them is the petting area and farm animals!

    Thanks for sharing your experiences and beautiful photos.


    • 13/11/2016 / 8:45 pm

      Thank you so much for reading. I found the historical context really interesting too, which I did not know before. 🙂

  7. 10/04/2016 / 12:25 am

    My son brought book home from school recently all about the water lizard it was fascinating. Your whole post was so interesting #fabFriday

    • 13/11/2016 / 8:46 pm

      The water lizards are really a highly for us as they are everywhere! I would love to know more about them. 🙂

  8. 10/04/2016 / 8:59 am

    Such incredible adventures you’re having at the moment. I really want to go here. It looks so beautiful. I’m really jealous of your holiday. This zoo looks absolutely incredible.Thank you so much for sharing with #whatevertheweather x

    • 13/11/2016 / 8:47 pm

      Thank you Chloe for hosting. My apology for the very late reply. x

  9. Jenny - Monkey and Mouse
    11/04/2016 / 8:10 pm

    Lovely photos of your two lovely kids, Ethan is clearly enjoying speaking to the university student in that photo, just lovely! I’m in two minds when it comes to zoos, they are great educational resources, but I always worry about the the lives of the animals in captivity, it would be so much better to be in the wild. It’s great to hear that they are renovating the zoo though. Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 xxx

    • 13/11/2016 / 8:49 pm

      Oh Ethan loves chatting to the university girls! lol! I would like to go back and see what improvement they have made since. Thank you so much hosting. My apology for the very late reply. xx

  10. 12/04/2016 / 3:56 am

    We love visiting zoo’s – Australia Zoo in Queensland Australia is a great place for kids to visit and enjoy 🙂
    There is also Taronga Zoo in Sydney which has the best views overlooking Sydney! And heaps of pathways to walk around 🙂
    Sure does look warm over in Thailand.
    How weird it is to have prices for those that live there, and then different prices for those that are visiting!

    • 13/11/2016 / 8:51 pm

      Oh… we would absolutely love to visit Sydney and it sound like they have a wonderful there too. I know – it is really strange to have two tiers pricing. Bazaar?!

  11. 14/04/2016 / 6:29 pm

    Looks like you had wonderful time. My little boy would love seeing the giraffes and it looks like a fantastic place for kids to explore. I am in two minds about visiting zoos too because of the space issues you mention but we will be visiting our first zoo next week in Amsterdam! I’m glad you have the chance to explore so much in Thailand! Lovely photos. Thanks for joining in with #MyFavouriteTrip Polly x

    • 13/11/2016 / 8:52 pm

      Thanks for hosting Polly. 🙂 My apology for the very late reply. xx

  12. 15/11/2016 / 6:55 pm

    Sounds like a great day! My boys love visiting various zoos and seeing all the animals.

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