Located on the outskirts to the north-east of Bangkok, Safari World gets mixed reviews. On the minus side it is a bit of trek to get there: a 30 to 40 minute journey from the centre of town by taxi or by an organised tour. Public transport, even cheap local buses, won’t take you directly there. It is also a bit on the expensive side at 700 Thai Baht ($23) and 450 Thai Baht ($15) for children. More worringly there have been some concerns raised in the past by several western animal welfare experts about the way the animals are cared for.
This said, Safari World is a major attraction – Thailand’s largest open air zoo – with lots of interest for the kids. We say visit yourself and make your own mind up. In a facility of this size some things are probably not going to be up to scratch, but there seems to be enough which is good about it to draw huge crowds, predominantly Thai people, every day. It may not be that ‘classy’ but then again how many major parks of this kind are?
The park is open 365 days from 9am to 5pm. The park cover an area of approximately 480 acres. In addition to the animals there are also a lot of shows put on throughout the day.
The park is split up into the following attractions:
Safari Park – 8km drive (either in your own car or a coach) which takes about 45min
Marine Park – 8 shows daily with dolphins and sea lions
Jungle Cruise – Water flume ride with model crocodiles and gorillas
Eggs World – Educational display about eggs
Orangutan Boxing Show – No actual boxing, but plenty of tricks
Bird Show – Variety of birds trained to do tricks
Hollywood Cowboy Stunt Show – Wold west stunt show by Thai actors
Feeding Show – Watch the lions and tigers get fed
Spy Show – Former Thai soldiers perform daring military based stunts
To take the hassle out of getting to and from Safari World the best thing to do is book a tour with Isango. They pick you up and return you to your hotel after a day at the safari park. It costs $50 per person. To find out more click the button below.