|Going in, doesn't it already look freezing?|
We all love animals but typically zoos are overpriced and offer not much more then a very sad day of wishing the animals could be happy and free. We heard from several people that this zoo was different. Honestly though it was the snow dome that sealed the deal. The snow dome is complete with sledding hills and the whole room is kept a -8 degrees Celsius, the cold factor did not disappoint and neither did the zoo!
I dislike cold and snow but around the holidays it feels great. My youngest, who is 4, has never even seen snow so this fit quite well into the “Christmassy” thing to do category. Admittedly the snow dome was slightly disappointing. It was subzero, and there was a sledding hill and snow but mostly it was very small, very cold, and just plain icy! We were allowed in for only 20 minutes at a cost of 150 baht (roughly $5 US) per person and no cameras were allowed in. I, of course, sneaked mine in, but got terrible pics before being reprimanded and turning the thing off. The sledding hill was the best part as the rest was just an ice field, and the kids played on it the entire time!
|Blurry, but you get the idea, darn their no camera rules!|
Once we were done with our snow play we started to explore the animals and right away we knew this would be a very different zoo experience. There was so much interaction and the animals all seemed well loved and cared for. We did see some sad living quarters and the tigers were pacing (nothing like their happiness at Tiger Kingdom). But honestly the elephants, giraffes, monkeys, and gibbons all seemed to be very social and happy with some beautiful enclosures. Zoos are zoos and I feel bad when I go most times but this time it was not nearly as bad.
|One of our favorite things at the zoo, baby elephats|
Enjoy some pics from our wonderful Christmas day outing below.
|Giraffes that you could hand feed|
|This poor guy was all alone, we watched him for a while|
|Fun orbs the kids could run inside of|
|Koalas sleep pretty much all day!|
|This was our favorite thing of the day, adorable!|
|This Gibbon wanted to come home with us I think. They had the nicest enclosure!|
|Beautiful white tigers|
|Christmas night lantern release for good luck|
We ended our night with some good friends and a lantern release. When releasing the lantern you also release all negativity from the year and invite good luck into your life. Seemed fitting to set a few off on Christmas. They were trickier then you would think and we were sure we would start a fire or something. These things were flimsy paper with a huge flame inside. Seemed to be a recipe for disaster but they all flew and not one caught on fire!
In the words of my 8 year old, "this was the best Christmas ever"! And to think it didn't include any gifts, tree, or typical traditions!
Tell me how you spent your Christmas....
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