This is a popular attraction with both tourists and locals alike because of its large collection if live poisonous snakes. If you're not the squirmiest type, drop by one early morning and see how the snakes are fed and how their venom is extracted - a great opportunity to take some fantastic photographs to show friends and family back home. The snake farm is located inside the Thai Red Cross Society compound on Rama IV road.
It is home to more than 300 mammals, 200 reptiles and 800 birds including some rare indigenous species. Originally a private botanical garden for King Rama V, it was converted to a zoo in 1938. If nothing else, the zoo is a nice place to get away from the noise of the city. In the centre of the compound there is a large boating lake and a children's playground. A couple of lakeside restaurants serve good inexpensive Thai food. The zoo is located in the Dusit District between Chitrlada Palace and the National Assembly Hall. The main entrance is off Rajwithi Road.
Rama IX Royal Park
Onened in 1987 to commemorate His majesty King Bhumibol's 60th Birthday, this lush green garden covers 80 hectares and includes a large boating lake and botanical gardens. Since it opened, the latter has become something of a horticultural research centre. There is also a museum depicting the life of His Majesty King Bhumibol. The park is open 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily.