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    Day Trip Khao Kheow Open Zoo

    The first week of December the last weekend we we had to stay in Pattaya we took the kids to Khao Kheow Open Zoo. They had been 10 years ago. But the place has grown, and is a really nice zoo to take a kid or a teenager, or just go for a fun day.
    Its located about 40 minutes toward Bangkok from Pattaya, or just about an hour from Bangkok on the way to Pattaya. Its located just off the Chonburi motorway near Sri Racha but further inland just at the base of some nice hills its built on. The Thai price which can be had with a WP or a drivers license is about 100 baht a head, and you can drive your car through. Or you can rent a golf cart for about 400 baht for the day.

    We started on what they call the African savanna

    First look into the savanna



    A little meerkat.......Thanks baldrick.



    hanging out eating the food you can buy to feed them.



    The giraffes and a zebra, the enclosures are huge and the animals seemed quite happy



    The ostriches with a sprinkler going to keep them cool.



    Impalas and some sort of buffalo



    The animals are quite tame, this zebra was coming up to get a carrot from my kids.



    The giraffes, come right up to you as well.



    They like the long green beans



    The do live and play together just as on the savanna.



    This picture and then a nice Isaan lunch of barbecued chicken som tom and sticky rice.



    The entrance to the huge aviary. Must have been 25 rai under a cage.




    Guinea fowl I do believe.



    Never did find out the name of this blue bird?



    Easy to hand feed the elephants, I took the picture.



    They have a pretty good wild cat show as well. The first tiger making his appearance.




    Getting ready to check the water and go for a swim on a hot day.



    Checking out the audience.



    Done with the swim now time for a walk and a climb to get some food.



    Getting a hunk of buffalo



    Siberian White Tiger



    A small cougar from the west coast of the USA



    wolverines I think, they came in from the side and then tight roped all over the heads of the audience in the amphitheater.



    Hyena feeding, fiercely


    king of the jungle.



    All and all a nice day. The animals are kept in huge enclosures, and did not seem stressed at all. The also have the " Flight of the Gibbon" experience. A series of zip lines and obstacles courses through the tree tops. But at $100 dollars a person we passed as we had done it on Koh Chang at the French owned joint Tree Tops for half the price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post




    Nice one AO . Now I know why the MIL has been quiet lately. She has found a new position within the tourist industry. Good on her.

    As you say, this place has come on a lot. I went there about 10 years back to check out their camp site. There was nothing like this there at that time. Looks like its worth another visit next time we're down that way.

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    nice pic thread - looks like a good place to go

    can you pull GPS co-ords from google earth for the entrance ?

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    A little lemur
    err - Meerkat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick
    err - Meerkat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Thanks baldrick. Looking for the gps for you now.

    This is the location for the camping inside the park.

    GPS Coordinates: 13 15.830' N – 101 3.613' E
    Only 1 hour 30 minutes from bangkok by car or 30 minute from pattaya, you can go by motorway or Bangna Highway. Choosing motorway, pass two toll checkpoints then turn left to Bypass road (notice Pattaya sign) approximately 7 kilometers on your left, you will see & quot;Khao Kheow Open Zoo & quot; signate. Turn left for approximately 7 kilometers then you will attend Kow Kiew Open Zoo and follow Estate signate for about 2 kilometers you will meet Estate lobby on your ight hand side.

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    b rick, try 13 degrees 12'53.73"N / 101 degrees 03' 23.84" E. These coordinates will get you there just fine + the signs for the Zoo and Flight of the Gibbons on Highway 7 will get you there in one piece...

    When daughter and son in law were over to visit 2 years ago. We did the "Flight of the Gibbons" which is inside the same complex as the zoo but a few kilo more inside the grounds from the zoo. We then went to the zoo after the 4 or 5 hours we spent with "Flight of the Gibbons" which is free when you do "Flight of the Gibbons". When going to the zoo, recommend you bring bananas and other foods for the animals as they can be fed out of hand. IT is called a safari zoo in that you can drive around from one exhibit to the other and when you see something that is interesting, you get stop and park the car and then wonder around a little. A great day.

    Nice pics AO. good that you had the opportunity to go again after such a long absence. next time try letting the twins and you and bride do the "Flight of the Gibbons". It is a lot of fun.
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    SEA, simply did not bring enough cash and the hordes of Russians had cleaned out all the ATM's. Next time. It was 4pm by the time we got to the flight of the gibbons, and they said it would be a rush as well as sunset was just 2 hours away.

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    AO, or anyone...??

    I knew from the Zoo's website you can drive through the zoo in a car...
    BUT...do they also allow a motorcyle (not a moto) to drive thru..???

    Thanks

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    I am 99% sure you can.

    give them a call or drop them a line. I am sure I saw people on motorcycles in there.
    Address: 235 Moo 7, Tambon Bang-Pra, Amphur Sriracha, Chonburi 20110
    Tel: (66) 0-3831-8444
    Fax: (66) 0-3831-8400
    E-mail: admin@kkopenzoo.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    I am 99% sure you can.

    give them a call or drop them a line. I am sure I saw people on motorcycles in there.
    Address: 235 Moo 7, Tambon Bang-Pra, Amphur Sriracha, Chonburi 20110
    Tel: (66) 0-3831-8444
    Fax: (66) 0-3831-8400
    E-mail: admin@kkopenzoo.com
    concur. I think I recall seeing scooters and cycles being driven through.

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    Good presentation A.O My family went down to Pattaya only friday week ago for the weekend and drove past the turn off. I was asked if we wanted to go in on the way back but I declined. After this posting of your view of it I will take my lot in next time we head down...........cheers
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    I was there last month, and had a great time. Im not usually one for visiting these places, especially in Asia. However, I was really impressed with the animal care. The only down side for me, was the animal shows. That is one aspect of these places I do not like. That said, Its well worth the price, and even I didnt grumble at the duel pricing this time.
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    I took the tribe there a couple of weeks ago and we all had a great time. We will defo being going again.

    Motorbikes and cycles were allowed in too.

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    The next time I go I am going to budget for a one night stop there. Leave Bangkok late then arrive there by 430 or so , a beer or two some dinner and then the night safari. Hell most of the animals are night feeders, and it would be nice to have the guided tour you have to take on this one. Normally I hate them. But it would be cool, dont know if they do English, but my kids can fill it all in. Then back to an exotic air con tent.

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    Re: moto/motorcycle entry into the zoo...

    Thanks for the replies! Time to gas up...and go!

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    great pics
    taken the kids twice

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    I will add a few more picture.

    These tigers go up that pole faster than you can blink in order to get the food.



    Had lunch right on the lake. Friendly ducks liked the fact we had nice sandwiches, they enjoyed bits of bread. Very very tame.



    Birds just hanging out


    I have seen "Penny Smasher" machines in the states at most tourist attractions. My kids save and collect them. The penny is smashed down into sort of an oval shape and logo of the attraction is stamped on to it. First one we have ever seen in Thailand. Used a two baht coin.


    you can see the imprint if you look closely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    The next time I go I am going to budget for a one night stop there. Leave Bangkok late then arrive there by 430 or so , a beer or two some dinner and then the night safari. Hell most of the animals are night feeders, and it would be nice to have the guided tour you have to take on this one. Normally I hate them. But it would be cool, dont know if they do English, but my kids can fill it all in. Then back to an exotic air con tent.
    wear long pants and a long sleeved shirt as it is likely to be cool there in the mts in the evening during the night safari. did similar in open aired/top jeep with spotlights in Khao Yai years ago and only had shorts and a T shirt . Froze my arse off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEA Traveler
    did similar in open aired/top jeep with spotlights in Khao Yai years ago and only had shorts and a T shirt . Froze my arse off.
    Surprised you even had a T-shirt 555

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SEA Traveler
    did similar in open aired/top jeep with spotlights in Khao Yai years ago and only had shorts and a T shirt . Froze my arse off.
    Surprised you even had a T-shirt 555
    got me on that one AO but was outside the perimeter wall of the compound and in public so following my own self righteous guidance on dress code, wore a shirt. But that isn't to say that I'm gonna put one on next skype session.

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    You'll know you have arrived at the correct location to the Khao Khaew Zoo when you see these signs:






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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one
    I have seen "Penny Smasher" machines in the states at most tourist attractions. My kids save and collect them. The penny is smashed down into sort of an oval shape and logo of the attraction is stamped on to it. First one we have ever seen in Thailand. Used a two baht coin.
    wouldn't have thought it would be legal in Thailand due toHM's face being on the coin.

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    Damn good point I never even thought of kurgen.

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    Thx for those pictures. I've been there many times with my Baby-girl and my beloved wife. We have had every time a great time. No my memories came out again. Thanks again.

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    Great thread . Cheers

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    Nice report. I went several years ago, might be time to go back for another visit.

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