Category: Zoos

Safari World

Safari World

Close encounters with the animal kingdom. This 170 acre park offers many opportunities for fun and excitement as you get close to wild animals roaming free or see others performing tricks.

The main attraction is as the name says traveling through the open spaces where wild animals can be seen in their natural habitat from the windows of a tour coach or your own car. The journey is 8 kilometres and takes about 45 minutes. On the way you will have close encounters with rare and endangered species. One highlight you should not miss is feeding time for the lions and tigers. It will send a chill down your spine.

Safari World

There are many animals in the underwater world too. Some are very playful and mischievous. They will split your sides with laughter as the sea lions and their friends perform in the Sea Lion Show at Lighthouse Cove.

Add more excitement to your visit on a boat ride through the tropical jungle where hungry crocodiles await and head-hunters have their eyes on you. Beware of the gorillas lurking in the forest. You had better hold on to your seat as the boat moves through the mangroves and thick reeds and shoots down a heart-stopping flume.

All this adventure will probably build up an appetite so you head to the restaurants and kiosks spread throughout the park.

THINGS TO KNOW:

How to get there: Bus routes 26, 60, 71, 96, 501 and go to Safari World by “Song Theaw” mini bus.

Open: Daily from 8 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.

Admission: Adult 700 baht, Child 450 baht

Tel: 0 2518 1000-19, 0 2914 4100-19

Website: www.safariworld.com

Dusit Zoo

Dusit Zoo

Dusit Zoo has a very good collection of animals from around the world. It is ideal for a family outing or just for those who would like to know more about animal behavior.

The Dusit Zoo was established in 1938 and covers an area of 118 rai in the Dusit District of Bangkok. Under the administration of The Zoological Organization under the Royal Patronage of H.M. The King, it welcomes more than 2,500,000 visitors a year. It takes care of over 1,000 birds and nearly 2,000 animals.

Dusit Zoo

Major sections include a Nocturnal Animals Exhibit where you can see how they live in the night- time environment. The Reptiles and Amphibians Center has more than 70 species.

There is a special Childrens Zoo where youngsters can have contact with small animals that are of interest to children.

Dusit Zoo

You can learn about animal behavior at the Animal Presentation area including how they live in their respective environments. Visitors can witness and experience the animals in person.

For more fun, there is Playland where children can really enjoy themselves on amusement rides. There are other more sedate rides available on the lake.


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THINGS TO KNOW:

How to get there: Bus routes 18, 28, 70, 108, 510, 515, 539, 542

Open: Daily from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Admission: Adult 100 baht, Child 50 baht

Tel : 0 2281 2000, 0 2282 7111-3

Website : www.zoothailand.org

Siam Ocean World

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A new attractions in downtown Bangkok. Open in December 2005, Siam Ocean World will be the largest aquarium in Southeast Asia.  With world-standard exhibits and features, the aqaruim comprises a 270-degree acrylic under ocean tunnel, a panoramic oceanarium with a 360-degree view through a 10.5 metre diametre fishbowl, an 8-metre deep reef tank and a rainforest display. More than 400 species or 30,000 marine animals including Penguins, Blue Ring Octopus, Gray Nurse Sharks, Elephant Nose Sharks, Leafy Sea Dragons and Giant Spider Crab can be seen.
Open: daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission: 450 baht for adults and 280 baht for children (80-120 cm.).

How to get there:
take a BTS sky train and get off at Siam Station.
taking bus 73,16, 15, 79, 40, 54, 204

Contact: Siam Ocean World Tel: 0 2687 2000 Fax: 0 2687 2001

Website : www.siamoceanworld.com

Snake Farm

snake farm

Don’t let the name mislead you: unlike other, more touristy “snake farms” found throughout Thailand, the Queen Saovabha Institute (formerly Pasteur Institute) is a serious research facility. The main attraction that draw Thai and foreign visitors are the daily snake-milking sessions at 10.30 and 14.30.

Visitors can observe experts feeding and catching snakes, skillfully extracting snake venom for vaccine research and manufacture. A very informative half-hour long slide presentation precedes the show. The Institutes’s snake species include Malayan pit viper, Russell’s viper, green pit viper, common cobra and king cobra.

The Snake Farm offers more practical services as well: human vaccinations against rabies, tetanus, polio, meningitis, hepatitis A and B, as well as typhoid and cholera. Other services include pet quarantine and immunization against rabies, as well as autopsies for tracing rabies.

Two useful booklets are for sale at the facilities: Guide to Healthy Living in Thailand by the Thai Red Cross and the US embassy, and Poisonous Snakes of Thailand.

The institute was founded in 1912 by King Rama VI, as a rabies prevention facility. A smallpox research lab was moved there later, and then it became known as the Pasteur Institute. In 1923, realizing that imported sera were not suitable for treating Thai snake bites, Dr. Leopold Robert raised funds from foreign residents in Thailand for the building of the snake farm in order to use the venom milked from the snakes for the production of more effective antisera.

THINGS TO KNOW:

How to get there:
BTS Skytrain to Saladaeng Station, Subway to Samyan Station
Bus routes 4, 45, 47, 50, 67, 74, 76, 141, 501

Open: Mon. – Fri. from 8.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m., Sat., Sun. and Public Holidays from 8.30 a.m. – 12 noon.

Venom extraction: Mon. – Fri. at 11 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. holidays at 11 a.m.

Slide presentation in English: 30 minutes before venom extraction.

Admission: Adults 200 Baht, Children 50 baht

Tel: 0 2252 0161-4, 0 2252 0167
Fax: 0 2254 0212

Website: www.redcross.or.th
E-mail: qsmi@webmail.redcross.or.th

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