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Chiang Mai Aquarium

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Part of the large Chiang Mai Zoo complex, the Chiang Mai Aquarium is probably the best place in Thailand (apart from the actual seas) to get up close and personal with the region's marine, and indeed riverine, life.

Chiang Mai’s state of the art aquarium opened in 2008 and it’s been improving ever since. There’s an extensive array of fresh and sea water species plus a few reptiles and snakes. A highlight is the huge walk-through tank, which on one side recreates the underwater Mekong eco-system and another has coral reef flora and fauna.

Chiang Mai jumps the shark. Photo taken in or around Chiang Mai Aquarium, Chiang Mai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Chiang Mai jumps the shark. Photo: Mark Ord

The underwater walk-through glass tunnel, at 133m long, claims to be the longest in the world, is spectacular. You can even do scuba diving courses in the tank and get up close to the reef sharks and giant Mekong catfish.

The aquarium is situated roughly half way around the zoo, making it a fair walk from the entrance, especially on a hot day, but a sort of overgrown golf buggy does the loop, dropping you off outside any of the main exhibits. For 30 baht a ticket and you can get on and off an unlimited number of times.

We’d allow at least an hour to visit what is a pretty large aquarium, which does make the fairly steep entrance price a bit more worth it.

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Chiang Mai Aquarium

Part of Chiang Mai Zoo complex, 100 Huaykaew Rd, Suthep
Mo–Su: 08:00–17:00
T: (053) 221 179

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