Despite this being our 3rd trip to Pattaya, we had never heard of this zoo or anyone talking about or recommending it-having visited it, we find it very strange for it is a wonderful place which I cannot recommend highly enough. It is about a 40/45 minute taxi ride from Northern Pattaya.
As a wheelchair user, there are parts, in particular for me, the koala bears & Orang Utan that I was SO sad to miss out on but my husband was able to walk to those areas & take photo's for me. Friends who had visited 2 weeks ago were able to hold an Orang Utan but today, sadly, it seemed this was not available, much to my sorrow.
However, this aside, we hired a buggy and had the freedom to go where we wanted, when we wanted & could stop & start at will. This zoo is vast so a buggy is an essential really. They do run an open bus but you are a little more tied to where they go & when you get on and off.
All the animals look well cared for &, as well as being able to purchase food as you go round, you can also buy food before you enter the actual beginning of the zoo-in the car park area plus food & drink there which is very cheap & also very good too.
Before visiting can I please implore you NOT TO FEED THE MONKEYS! There are signs everywhere &, whilst it may look cute to see a monkey close up with a banana or such like, these wily primates are very quick learners & prolific breeders & whilst you may have purchased a mixed bag of food for various animals, these monkeys steal the food out of your hand or your bag if you are not careful. Anything is easy prey for them & it may be your sunglasses or mobile phone next.
There is such a wide variety of creatures here from birds in aviaries to big cats, camels, kangaroos, rhino, elephants, giraffe's etc. It is SO worth a visit and you will have a wonderful time. The scenery is amazing & for keen photographers, not only can you have great photo opportunities with the animals but landscapes too: beautiful vistas!
There are camping facilities in the grounds & I think there may be a hotel too but we didn't see it.
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