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.
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.
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.
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.
Ethan & Evelyn found the camels a little too smelly! lol!
They also didn’t quite believe the size of how big turtles can grow.
Mind the black crows! They are guarding the bins! Of course scavenging for the leftovers.
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.
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.
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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