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Chiang Mai Night Safari
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$46.00*
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Chiang Mai Night Safari
Ranked #69 of 284 things to do in Chiang Mai
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Chiang Mai Night Safari is a vocational study center building the concept of environmental foresty and wild life conservation. Its also a worls class standard for education and entertainment and a place for earning valuable income with social responsibility for community and environment. Everything you experience will be unforgettable.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed February 16, 2013

I took my family to this yesterday and we spent 4 hours at this place.

Pros.
Feeding the birds was fun. The kids loved it.
The walking trail was long and had some interesting things along the way.
The play area was fun and a great place for kids to blow off steam.
Feeding the giraffes was interesting and the kids really liked it. They loved his long tongue.
The main area where people spend most of their time was very clean and well kept.

Cons.
The walking trail was the least up-kept area. It needs a lot of work.
The "safari" portion seemed to go really fast and besides a lot of different variety of deer there wasn't a lot of diversity in the animals that you actually saw "up close".
The driver of the tram needed to work on his technique. We were at the back of the tram and the person speaking would talk about things and the driver would only pull halfway into the "area" and then stop. We were left in the back with nothing to see halfway outside the gate and then when the presenter finished talking we were whisked away without enjoying anything.
The tiger photos was really weird. No petting or holding just quickly take a photo and get out.

All in all the kids had a pretty good time. The restaurant isn't ridiculously overpriced like I expected. For the Ala-carte restaurant upstairs expect to spend about 80-200bht/dish. I don't know the price of the buffet. Total damage for a night was about $100. For that price I'd rather spend it elsewhere.

I also felt a little bad for the tigers and other animals. I really hope they are caring well for the animals but the tigers were just pacing in those small cages and I can't help but think it's not really that healthy.

So. . . would I recommend a visit? I honestly don't know. If $100 sounds like a lot then DON'T go. If $100 is nothing to you then why not?

4  Thank G039260
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

I visited the night safari with a group of 21 students and a colleague. We arrived in time for the first bus on which the tour guide was very informative about the animals. Some of the animals were hard to see and some were awakend by the spitlights shined directly on them by the bus. About half way around the train stops and you can buy food to give to the animals. The zebras and giraffes came very close.
When we finished the first train we had to make a very quick dash to the next station, during which time our group got separated by the many people all rushing. The next train was not so good or informative, however. After both trains we decided to leave and did not walk around the other sections of the park.

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Reviewed February 9, 2013 via mobile

We went on this safari just before dusk and saw many lovely animals. Some of the attractions were being renovated but there was still plenty to see. For 300 baht you could get your picture taken with baby tiger cubs. I didn't do this though. It was saddening to see an elephant chained in a pen and seeing possibly the same elephant dressed in sequinned headgear and blankets performing tricks for the crowd. I wondered what the elephant must have gone through to become a circus act for the entertainment of the people. And the katoeys (lady boys) performing were interesting dressed to the nines like something out of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. The zoo itself is ok, a bit sad and tired but they do have Segway's for hire! Very cool.

4  Thank Jennie M
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

Attended the night safari after a recommendation from the lonely planet book...what I saw broke my heart. The tigers at the entrance are in a cage no bigger than the balcony of a flat, and there were three tigers inside it. As you walk further in, there is an annex where you can have your photo taken with a tiger cub...the tiger is kept in a dogs cage, and lifted out by its tail with a milk bottle in its mouth, so tourists can have their photo taken...PLEASE DON'T ACCEPT THIS! If there is no demand for it, it may stop. Further on, there is a farm animal section, where goats, horses, piglets, and rabbits are tied up, begging for food (which is 30baht). The night safari itself is distressing. People don't turn the flashes off of their cameras, which is extremely frustrating for animal lovers, and extremely stressful for the animals...it's bad enough that they have a super strength light flashed at them every time a bus goes past. The panther was pacing backwards and forwards, clearly upset...the elephants front feet were chained together...the hippos are made to perform to beg for food...the whole place is wrong, and I regret ever going. ANIMAL LOVERS AVOID! If you wish to see animals in a caring environment in chiang mai, please consider a visit to the elephant nature park.

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Reviewed February 5, 2013

A great time interacting and seeing animals at night. If you ever wanted to get up close and personal with many animals from the wild, then this will appeal to you. The staff are also very helpful and friendly. They also put on a dancing demonstration before you embark on your safari, which is a nice bonus.

1  Thank Bruce C
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