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.
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:
The highlight of the trip for me was the elephants.
Reptiles are housed in a separate reptile terrarium.
The Children Zoo is a petting zoo for the kids.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 fee = THB 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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