If you are in Chiang Mai put Siam Insect Zoo on your list of “must-visits”. It’s instructive, fun and full of surprises. If you love insects you will need no encouragement; if you hate them you’ll be converted. The work of entomologist Pisuth Ek-Amnuay who has been studying and collecting insects for over 30 years, the zoo is home to thousands of examples of the huge variety of these creatures from around the world. In addition, there are numerous displays where you can watch live insects native to Thailand and stroll round a well-stocked butterfly garden. If you feel like learning about insects and their way of life, study the numerous charts and exhibits; if you just want to relax, stroll round the butterfly garden, admiring the colourful flowers and the lush vegetation as well as the graceful butterflies, dragonflies and other insects.
Stars of the show include the giant walking stick, leaf insects and the orchid mantis. Many insects are reared and you can see them at each stage of their development. There’s a wealth of information on all aspects of insects and the staff are also extremely helpful, especially when you’re trying to locate a stick insect amongst a bunch of twigs. You can buy Mr. Pisuth’s throughly researched and attractively presented books on butterflies, beetles and other insects as well as insect related souvenirs at the small shop . Siam Insect Zoo is the great place – if you like to look at beetles and butterflies! And mosquitos. Must do if visiting Chiang Mai. Don’t miss it!
Open Daily : 9am – 5pm
Entry: The current admission fees for foreigner: adult is 200 baht and child 150 baht each.
Siam Insect Zoo located on a Maerim – Samoeng Road (On the right hand side if you drive from Chiangmai), and near a monkey school. It’s not far from Chiangmai downtown, and quite easy to find due to a sign board along the road. Private tours Chiang Mai to The Siam Insect Zoo can be combined with visits to some of the other attractions in the area which include, Tiger Kingdom, Monkey School, Snake Farm, X-treme Sports, Maesa Elephant Camp and Botanic Garden.
Note : Wheelchair user is accessible
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