The zoo is always a great day out anywhere in the world and Bangkok is no exception. At Dusit Zoo you can experience the usual range of animals (1,500 animals to see), but they've also set the place up as a bit of a theme park with some rides. The animals are sorted according to species and Dusit is noted for having one of the best collections of Gibbons in the world. There are numerous large mammals on show, Indian Elephants, Rhinos, etc. and the zoo has a particularly large aviary. Aside from the animals, Dusit Zoo has plenty of places to eat and there are a variety of resting areas where you can have picnics, etc. As there are around 12 acres of lake in the 50 acre park, there are plenty of paddle boats for you to enjoy. If you like something a bit racier, there's a Go-Cart Track! Very much the same format as zoos elsewhere in the world, you know what you are getting with a visit to Dusit Zoo. However, unless you are a fanatic, a zoo is unlikely to be high on your list of priorities if you only have a few days in the capital.
Details: Admission is 30 Baht for adults and 5 Baht for children. Open daily from 08:00 to 18:00.
How to get there: The zoo is located in the Dusit area on Ratwithi Road between the National Assembly Hall and Chitlada Palace. The nearest BTS is Phyathai, but that's still a long way from the zoo - you'd probably be better off taking a taxi.
The following buses will get you there:
Bus number: 18, 28
Air-conditioned bus: 10
71 Rama V Road
Tel: 0-2282-7111-3, 0-2281-2000