The Dusit Zoo in Bangkok makes for a nice and relaxed day with kids. Now, you might expect a lot from a zoo in tropical Bangkok – but honestly, there is nothing that great or special about Dusit zoo. It’s a rather plain and at times almost boring park.
This zoo is about 70 years old now and it’s built in pretty much in the style of an English park with plenty of animals (more than 1600 to be precise). It was built by King Rama V (Chulalongkorn), originally as his private garden next to the royal palace. However, after his death the garden wasn’t taken care of for several years, until in 1938 the city of Bangkok changed it into a zoo.
If you have the option to choose, we suggest coming here during the week instead of the weekends, as you will enjoy a lot more calm and private experience. On the weekends, many Thai families come here with their kids, and it is just more crowded.
You can have a picnic in the shade or rent a little boat and enjoy a calm and relaxed ride on the lake. It makes for a relaxing Bangkok sightseeing experience.
Each year, around 2.5 million people come to visit the park.