Chiang Mai Zoo
The zoo’s star animals are undoubtedly the Pandas, which are on a 10-year loan from China, and for which
you have to pay extra to see. That’s partly because they have to live in an air-con enclosure, which rumour has it even has occasional artificial snowstorms… which brings us on to the “snow dome”, another popular attraction for Thais
who’ve never seen snow before, and which also charges a separate entrance fee. The snow dome, of moderate interest to Westerners, is a kind of overgrown deep-freeze with a toboggan slope and igloo among its attractions.
As zoos go, this is a pretty good one and it’s definitely the best the kingdom has to offer. Most animals appear well looked after in spacious cages or fenced off areas and though some enclosures, such as that
for the monkeys, still leave a lot to be desired, the zoo is always upgrading and improving its facilities. It was Ok for an asian zoo and the huge bird aviary was nice to wonder through.