The walkways and tropical surroundings are really pretty, overall the zoo is a very nice place to relax. There are a few little cafes and shops selling novelties; the zoo itself is located on the banks of a large river, which helps cool the place down, as well as offer other attractions (fishing / paddle boating etc).
There are a couple of nice restaurants opposite where you can get a good plate of food and cold drink, away from the masses of over-excited kids (who are not that terrible to be honest). Watch out for the chaotic car park though, if you ever visit you will see what I mean, the phrase ‘make it up as you go along’ applies.
Bueng Chawak is a good place to go for a morning or afternoon if you are entertaining young ones. The animals at this zoo seemed pretty well looked after and there is a good selection for everyone to see. You do find at Thai zoo’s you can generally get closer to the animals than you could back in the UK, and its easy for little hands and feet to get inside the cages of half tonne lions and pacing, hungry, siberian tigers.
BUT, by far the most dangerous thing at this Thai zoo is the car park.
The Wildlife Extension Center
Tel : 0 3543-9206 / 0 3543-9210
Fax : 0 3543-9210