Visiting the Chiang Mai Zoo with Kids

Feeding the Hippo at the Chiang Mai Zoo

The Chiang Mai Zoo is located about 20 minutes from the Old City on a hill not far from Doi Suthep. We caught a songthaew out to the Zoo at 8:30 one morning hoping to reach the gates at opening time.

The Chiang Mai Zoo also has a Snow Dome, 3D cinema, Panda viewing and Aquarium that all require an extra fee if you want to visit. Entrance to the Chiang Mai Zoo is around $4.00 USD and half that for children.

We decided to just visit the Zoo and the Panda enclosure as I had never seen a Panda in real life before. At 9:00am we entered the Zoo and realized that we had left the SD card for our camera at home. J did a mad dash home to get it and we carried on through the zoo.

The Chiang Mai Zoo is situated on the side of a hill and it’s big so be prepared for lot’s of walking. While we were waiting for J to come back we explored the ground level. It was quite amusing that the safety standards in Asia are very different to the Western world and we found some of exhibits a bit too close for comfort.

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Hoi An, Vietnam with Kids

Rice Paddies in Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An, Vietnam, is located around 25km east of Danang International Airport.  Rather than flying in, we travelled up to Hoi An from Nha Trang (where enjoyed a wonderful mud bath at the Thap Ba Spa), taking the overnight train leaving at 9:30pm and arriving at 8 am in the morning. Overall the train ride was fine and we all slept well which let us start or exploration of Hoi An on the right foot.

Our six nights were full of many amazing activities that we all enjoyed, from our youngest to oldest.  The following are a collection of the best.

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