A day at the Zoo and centre of Chiang Mai
18.12.2012 - 18.12.2012
Today we are off to the zoo, and Olivia is sooo excited!
We were up early to go for our second trip to the post office to send a package, this time with the right address! We got side tracked by some temples and stopping for some noodle soup for breakfast, and didn't realise how late it was getting
We got to the zoo and bought our entrance tickets (around 200 baht each) and jumped onto the monorail, after paying another (150 baht each for the privillage) - it was excruciatingly SLOW and the windows had a shade sticker thingy printed over the whole glass, so it was almost impossible to see out. We couldn't wait to get off it.
Finally we arrived at the Panda's enclosure - we paid yet another 150 baht each to get in to see them- but it was worth it. We got to see them really close, but their living habitat wasn't as "natural" as I had expected it to be. We stood and watched all three of them eating for a quite a while until the last one deceided he had quite enough of the public and turned his back to us, so off we went to go and see the rest of the zoo. Apart from the white tigers, and Olivia getting to feed a Jaguar (!!), the rest of the zoo wasn't much to write home about - so I won't. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't the best.
The ride back into town on the red songthaew taxi/bus was an adventure in itself. Olivia and I sat in the front with the driver and Carlos hung off the back - we did keep checking to see he was still there after each sharp turn.
We jumped out at the flower market and had a look around before heading for the street food area to try EVERYTHING, well almost everything. Only a few of our choices we bad ones, the rest was yummy.