Dusit Zoo, The Oldest Zoo In Bangkok

             To continue my Bangkok series, here’s another part of our child-friendly and cheap itinerary: Dusit Zoo. Read on! 🙂

          Since our trip to Bangkok was an impromptu one, because we didn’t know about Daddy Rupert’s business trip until a few weeks before the said trip, our primary consideration was to find activities to do for Baby Zuri at minimum cost. Good thing I found out about Dusit Zoo from one of my internet searches.

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Dusit Zoo Entrance

Why Choose Dusit Zoo?

          There are other more upscale animal attractions in Bangkok found in the malls but I chose to go to Dusit Zoo because of the following reasons:

1.  Dusit Zoo has history.

          Dusit Zoo is the oldest zoo in Bangkok. It was originally built as King Chulalongkorn’s (Rama V) private garden adjacent to the royal palace until it was opened to the public in 1938.

2.  Dusit Zoo has a vast collection of animals.

          It houses about 1,600 animals of local and international origin. It has the following attractions: Nocturnal House, Small Mammals Exhibit, Children Zoo, Bird Island, Reptiles House, Zoo Museum/Penguin Exhibit, Shark Exhibit.  The animals look healthy and the zoo is clean and well-maintained. Here are a few of the pictures I got:

Flamingo

Flamingo

Great Hornbill

Great Hornbill

Ostrich. The ostriches are in the same area as the giraffes.

Ostrich. The ostriches are in the same area as the giraffes.

An ostrich skeleton

An ostrich skeleton

Giraffe

Giraffe

pygmy hippopotamus

pygmy hippopotamus

Zebras

Zebras

A resting tiger

A resting tiger

 

          The highlight of the trip for me was the elephants.

Mommy elephant and baby elephants

Mommy elephant and baby elephants

Baby Zuri and me with the elephants

Baby Zuri and me with the elephants

          Reptiles are housed in a separate reptile terrarium.

The Reptile Terrarium

The Reptile Terrarium

A turtle

A turtle

One of the many snakes in the reptile terrarium

One of the many snakes in the reptile terrarium

Another snake

Another snake

And another snake

And another snake

          The Children Zoo is a petting zoo for the kids.

Zuri pointing to the goats at the petting zoo

Zuri pointing to the goats at the petting zoo

Falabella miniature horse

Falabella miniature horse

3.  Dusit Zoo has animal shows.

          There are animal shows that you can watch for a minimal fee (THB 30 or around Php 41 per person). We watched the Seals Show. The show had already started when we got there and the staff let us watch for free.  The show was entertaining and funny.

            Other available shows are: Wild Dusit Show and Kenya Elephants Show.

This is where the Seals Show is held.

This is where the Seals Show is held.

A seal shooting a basketball through a hula hoop

A seal shooting a basketball through a hula hoop

Zuri and me watching the Seals Show

Zuri and me watching the Seals Show

4.  Dusit Zoo has an amusement park.

          There is an amusement park inside the zoo. It has a clean playground and some rides.  There is a lake and there are boats for rent.

Free playground for the kids

Free playground for the kids

This is a nice surprise for the kids.

This is a nice surprise for the kids.

Some token rides

Some token rides

A helicopter ride, wee!!; There is also a train ride that kids can enjoy at Dusit Zoo (not in the picture).

A helicopter ride, wee!!; There is also a train ride that kids can enjoy at Dusit Zoo (not in the picture).

Lake with boats for rent

Lake with boats for rent

5.  Dusit Zoo provides convenience for zoo-goers. It has strollers, trams, food stalls and even an ATM.

          Small conveniences go a long way especially when traveling with infants and/or toddlers.    Luckily, Dusit Zoo thought of ways to make your family trip easier for you, letting you enjoy it more.

          Walking around the zoo can be a bit tiring for both kids and parents.  Good thing, there are strollers available for rent in case you didn’t bring your own.

Strollers for rent

Strollers for rent

          Your own feet are not the only ones you can count upon to get you around the zoo.  There are trams that go around the zoo which require a separate fee.    You may hop on and off the passing trams four times (at four designated stops).  This way you can go to every attraction without having to walk all the way around.

Zuri and me aboard the tram. I paid THB 7 (around Php 10) for the tram ride.

Zuri and me aboard the tram. I paid THB 7 (around Php 10) for the tram ride.

          You will not go hungry at Dusit Zoo. Food and refreshments are aplenty and scattered all around the zoo.  You won’t have to walk far to see a store selling food and drinks.  Your zoo trip can also double as a food trip. 

Ice cream for sale, perfect antidote to the hot Bangkok weather

Ice cream for sale, perfect antidote to the hot Bangkok weather

Treat yourself to some chicken barbecue, Thai-style.

Treat yourself to some chicken barbecue, Thai-style.

Thai street food available inside the zoo, mostly THB 10 per stick (around Php 14).

Thai street food available inside the zoo, mostly THB 10 per stick (around Php 14).

Healthy options like fruits are also sold inside Dusit Zoo at THB 20 (Php 28) per order.

Healthy options like fruits are also sold inside Dusit Zoo at THB 20 (Php 28) per order.

This store sells popcorn for as low as THB 20(around Php 28) and drinks also for THB 20 (around Php 28).

This store sells popcorn for as low as THB 20(around Php 28) and drinks also for THB 20 (around Php 28).

The store also sells toys for kids.

The store also sells toys for kids.

The cute ATM inside Dusit Zoo.

The cute ATM inside Dusit Zoo.

6.  Dusit Zoo has a souvenir shop that sells cute, reasonably priced items.

          The zoo has a souvenir shop that sells hats, shirts, stuffed animals, ref magnets, etc. at reasonable prices.  I was able to buy a ref magnet for only THB 10 (around Php 14).

The Zoo Shop (souvenir shop)

The Zoo Shop (souvenir shop)

Animal hats sold at the Zoo Shop

Animal hats sold at the Zoo Shop

Most ref magnets are sold at THB 90 each (around Php 123, a bit pricey) but I was able to find one sold at THB 10 (around Php 14) only.

Most ref magnets are sold at THB 90 each (around Php 123, a bit pricey) but I was able to find one sold at THB 10 (around Php 14) only.

Toy frogs and lizards

Toy frogs and lizards

7.  A visit to Dusit Zoo is easy on the pocket.

          As you may have surmised by now, a trip to Dusit Zoo is very affordable.  Here is a summary of our Dusit Zoo expenses back in April 2012 excluding taxi fare:

Entrance feeTHB 100 for me; free for Zuri (Php 137)

Tram = THB 7 for me; free for Zuri (Php10)

Food = THB 20 for popcorn; THB 20 for a drink (Php 55)

Seals Show = Free (Regular price THB30/head)

Ref magnet = THB 10 (Php 14)

Total = THB 157 (Php 216) ONLY!!!

         DISCLAIMER: Because our trip was way back in 2012, prices may have changed since then.  In particular, entrance rates are different now.  Here are the rates for foreigners as of December 2014: Adult, THB 150 (around Php 206); Child, THB 70 (around Php 96).  Still pretty cheap even with the new entrance rates.

          Our taxi fare back in 2012 from our hotel in Sukhumvit (Emporium Suites by Chatrium) to Dusit Zoo was about Php 200 one-way.  Taxi rates in Bangkok are affordable and are comparable to those in Manila.

          Verdict: Dusit Zoo offers a lot of things to do for just a few Bahts.  If you are a zoo person and someone who considers that a day of fun with kids is a day well-spent, then Dusit Zoo is value for time and money.

        Dusit Zoo is located at the intersection of Rama V, Ratchavitee and U-thong Nai Roads (entrance on all three sides) and is easily reached by taxi. Open daily 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. Go there early! Best to bring an umbrella and lots of water. Use sunscreen and insect repellent lotion just to be safe. For more information, visit www.bangkok.com/attraction/dusit-zoo.htm.

          Thanks for reading! 🙂

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