For a fun day out with the family head to the Chiang Mai Zoo & Aquarium. The zoo is home to over 400 species of animals including tigers, elephants, rhinos, giraffes, penguins, and koalas, but the crowd favorite is certainly the pair of giant pandas on loan from China. Visitors also have the opportunity to interact with the zoo animals during feeding sessions and performances.
The Chiang Mai Aquarium opened in 2008 and is more modern than the zoo. More than 25,000 fish are on display including species native to Thailand like giant Mekong catfish, barracuda, moray eels, and jellyfish. Don’t forget to take a walk through the aquarium’s 133 meter underwater tunnel – officially the longest in the world – surrounded by sharks and stingrays.
The Chiang Mai Zoo & Aquarium grounds are quite expansive and you can save yourself a lot of walking by taking the zoo tram or monorail between the exhibits.
The Chiang Mai Zoo & Aquarium are located west of the city center on Huay Kaew Road. They are open daily and separate admission fees apply for the zoo, panda exhibit, and aquarium. If you plan to visit them all, combination tickets are available at a slightly discounted price. Additional charges apply for parking, the zoo tram, and the zoo monorail.