I was in a bad mood when I went to the Night Safari, so I hope it doesn’t colour my review unduly. It costs 400 THB to enter, plus 400 more to do two tram tours. I’ll do the annoyances first. The concession stands work on a cash card system by which you buy an electronic card and load it with cash, then have to get your change from another stand at the end of the day (of course these are unmanned much of the time…).

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Night Safari, Chiang Mai

The park focuses much more on shows and spectacles than on the animals – there is a ladyboy cabaret including riding miniature ponies and an elephant, a waterfall show, and there are tiger stunt shows planned to open soon. There are also people either at stalls with animals or carrying animals around to be photographed with, which I hate.

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Sculpture, Night Safari, Chiang Mai

So far, so grumpy. I got on the tram for the first tour, fully expecting to be so until the end, but instead we had a giraffe poke his head into the tram and I couldn’t help be charmed. That cheered me up, and I enjoyed the rest of the ride and the next.

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Giraffes, Night Safari, Chiang Mai

There are hippos, tigers, lions, hyenas, elephants, sun bears, black bears and crocodiles, among others. Many of the animals are tamed to the point that they come up to you expecting food.

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Sunset, Night Safari, Chiang Mai

Overall, though, I don’t think I’d go back; it felt more like a bad old zoo rather than a conservation and education effort.

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Low light hippos, Night Safari, Chiang Mai

Address: 33 Moo 12, Nong Khwai, Hang Dong, Chiang Mai 50230
Telephone: 053999000
Website: http://web.chiangmainightsafari.com/index.php/en/