Since we moved to Bangkok, we’ve twice been to the Dusit Zoo, as it’s a great way to introduce young kids and toddlers to wildlife.
The zoo contains over 1,600 animals and covers an area of over 188,000 sq m. With such a wide space and diverse selection of animals to observe, we’ve had the chance to explore different zones each time we’ve been there (and we haven’t seen it all yet!).
My favourite part of this zoo is that it contains a large lake and several gardens, which make it look like a large park with animals, rather than a zoo. Renting small pedal boats is possible. In addition, we can feed the fish (something that all kids absolutely enjoy!). Dusit Zoo a great place to spend 2-3 hours with the kids, allowing them to play, run, meet and interact with the animals, all in an nice outdoor surrounding.
In our two visits, we’ve had the chance to meet elephants, painted storks, koalas, penguins, gazelles, camels, and several types of monkeys. Other animals that can be found at the zoo, that we haven’t had the chance to meet yet (as walking around such a wide park with a toddler can get challenging!) include: giraffes, ostriches, zebras, crocodiles and alligators (and several other types of reptiles), tigers, lions, etc. – enough options to plan for a third and fourth visit, most likely!
The park also contains a couple of playing areas for the kids, a zoo museum and an educational center. A sightseeing train is available for those who like to move around the zoo quickly, and enjoy some guided explanation – although this was only available in Thai, unfortunately!
My perception of Dusit Zoo?
Definitely recommended for families who need to keep their little ones busy for a full morning or afternoon. Kids are exposed to several types of animals while enjoying some time in nature- and my favourite part: they come back home tired after running out in the wild!
I’m sharing below some images that I’ve had the chance to take during our visits of the zoo
One of the many races of monkeys available at the zoo
The penguins zone (and other species that live in the Northern Atlantic)
View of the lake and its beautiful surrounding gardens
One of the kids play areas at the zoo
Opening hours: 0800 am – 06.00 pm
Contact numbers: 02 281 2000 / 02 281 9027-8
If you’re looking for additional outdoor places for the kids in Bangkok, discover Lumpini Park
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