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“Nice butterflies !” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Siam Insect Zoo

Siam Insect Zoo
23/4 Mae Rim-Samoeng Rd | Tambon Mae Raem, Mae Rim 50180, Thailand
081 7466776
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Ranked #6 of 32 things to do in Mae Rim
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Siam Insect-Zoo & Museum is a great place for famlies visiting Chiang Mai. The facility was renovated in 2010 and includes exhibits with insects ranging from caterpillars to beetles to butterflies.
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“Nice butterflies !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Very interesting visit to understand better about the insects (butterfly, spiders, bugs,...). Friendly welcome. Good to spend 1 or 2 hours. Many other things to do or see around.

Visited January 2013
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“Great staff!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

We enjoyed our visit to the Siam Insect Zoo. They have a nice variety of live specimens and were wonderful about sharing them with us. We got up close and personal with walking sticks, scorpions and butterflies. They would get out larvae, eggs and adults for my husband to photograph. A small, but very nice facility

Visited January 2013
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“Just average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Good : Cheap entry. Friendly staff.
Bad : Not very well maintained. Lot of the insect exhibits were just average and nothing to write home about. Butterfly exhibit also had very few butterflies :/

Visited March 2013
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“Time filler”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

If you have some extra time and will explode if one more offer of massage is made to you. then escape to this isolated place where you can have some peace and watch some weird bugs.

Visited March 2013
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“Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders has been in the Lonely Planet in the past, placed in the "Quirky Chiang Mai" section. The owner Manop Rattanarithikul is devastated that his museum is not in the book any more. His sadness in itself would not make me recommend this museum, but I believe that the lovers of beauty, design, strange forms and eccentricity will get a kick to their imagination and come closer to a strange mixture of natural wonders.

Manop himself is a well known entomologist, specialising in mosquitoes and discovering no less than 22 new species (there are over 400 species all together). He worked in Thailand and abroad and has always had friends in villages collecting insects, shells, strange pieces of wood, fossils, minerals, bark and wasp nests, rocks and seeds and everything else that took his fancy.

He is an obsessive character, a man to my heart and to my liking. He had started collecting when he was 3 years old and there is a photograph of himself and his very old grandmother, who, in order to stop him crying on the way home, gave him a small black and white oval stone (on display), saying that its an egg of a vulture that was circling them above at the time. Little Manpol's tears dried and he has been collecting ever since.

How come I don't have a picture with my grandmother whom I adored when I was three!

If you live in Thailand or read books about Thai culture, you will probably have noticed that one of the traits of Thai character is its lack of initiative. There are numerous explanations as to the origin of this characteristic: Buddhist passivity, historic underplay of explicit competitiveness and ambition, acceptance of structures imposed by those higher in status, etc.

Foreign bosses who run branches in Thailand go mad with employees and companies often lose money.

Anyway, back to Manpol, who has clearly never had a problem with initiative. Manpol's museum consists of two floors, arranged in a mixture of kitsch and beauty, magic finds, combination of natural products and his personal take on them. He loves elephants and has many large and small wood carvings of them, including miniatures that were produced and sold in huge numbers to raise funds for an elephant who stepped on a mine. There was no place to treat such a large creature in Chiang Mai, and Manpol initiated successful fund-raising efforts.

Go to this museum. Ok, some of the display structures are a bit tasteless, but look beyond that. There is no person with love for aesthetic delights, no designer or fashionista, no film-maker or artist, weaver or sculptor, computer program creator or jewellery maker, no pupil full of curiosity or adult who has not yet sank into his reproduction Louis XV bedroom, who would not be humbled by these creations. Ok, he charges B300 which is not cheap, but think about all the electricity and air-con he has to pay by himself. B300 is a glass of wine in an expensive hotel.
Like with many obsessive characters who are passionate about something, you end up admiring and liking Manpol. My mother, who is as mad about nature as he is, wrote a love song in his guest book. I am sending a letter to the Lonely Planet and would like to include Manpol's museum in less-known places in Chiang Mai.

Visited November 2012
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