|A fun day out for all the family, Chiang Mai Zoo is located at the foot of Doi Suthep mountain, a short distance northwest of the city. The zoo features a wide range of animals (around 400 species) and covers an area of more than 200 acres. There is a monorail which you can ride to various parts of the zoo, as well as trams which you can just hop on and off, but be prepared for a lot of walking. If you get hungry or thirsty there are plenty of places dotted around to stop and get refreshments and food.
Special attractions at the zoo include a walk through aviary, a freshwater aquarium with a 700 meter long underwater tunnel, penguins, koalas, the Twilight Zoo, and the zoo’s main attractions – Chuang Chuang and Lin Hui, two pandas on loan from China who the zoo had previously spent years trying to convince to mate, finally gave birth to a panda cub in May 2009.
|The farm invites you to hands-on experience on participating, sharing responsibilities and taking care of an elephant. “Elephant Owner for a Day” is a special program created for everyone to learn and interact with elephants as what an owner would do daily, during which time you are trained to approach your elephant correctly, know the elephant’s temperament, feed and check its health, learn about and take care of your own elephant, bathe and brush it in the river, learn how to ride on its neck, and communicate through different spoken commands. You will get a chance to bare-back riding to visit forests, waterfalls or local temples. The program is designed as a meaningful activity to create a trusting relationship between you and your elephant.