I took my son, Tiger, to Dusit Zoo today. Yes, his name is Tiger and I took him to see the tigers. As it turns out, naming really does seem to affect the child, as Tiger has the energy and aggression of a full-grown tiger. God knows where he learned to be so aggressive cos me and his mum are usually as gentle as can be with him!
Dusit Zoo is near to the Annata Sammakhom Throne Hall, in that general area of all the touristy stuff. It’s actually in a nice location, somewhat set apart from the usual mad-cap roads of Bangkok.
Entrance was, as expected, 100 baht for foreigners and 70 for Thais. Not sure how they really justify these higher-price systems, can you imagine that in England!? “Entrance for Brits is 5 Pounds while foreigners pay 10.” It’s not that it’s such a big deal, it just seems odd to me. Well, Thailand is a country where there are blatantly obvious class divisions, why end at foreigners?
The zoo was pretty much what you’d expect from a zoo: a bunch of animals sleeping or hiding in their cages. Still, it was fun for Tiger to see all those tigers. The highlight for me was the crocodiles. They seemed like some mythical dragon-like creatures and I tried to imagine myself coming face-to-face with one of these animals in the wild. Let’s face it, most of us would have a shock if we found a large frog in the house, let alone meeting a 6-foot-long croc.
I was also rather enchanted by the monkeys call “kang ha si,” in Thai; their Latin name was too long and complicated to remember. The name basically means something like “five-colored monkey” and they certainly were colorful. They had very beautiful faces, with asiatic eyes. I had a brief “David Attenborough moment” where I longed to trek off into the wild searching for these monkeys in their native habitat, then I had a great idea for a Twitter update and completely forgot about them.
There’s plenty to eat at the zoo: coffee shops, ice cream stands, KFC, and, no zoo would be complete without a 7-11; it was only missing the sleeping dogs that one finds outside most 7-11s in Thailand… perhaps the tigers had eaten them all.
All in all, it’s a nice little day out. Worth a visit it if you’re in the neighborhood.