Hua Hin Zoo and Animal Park is a little known rescue and rehabilitation center for wayward animals
Most locals have never heard of Hua Hin Zoo, that’s how low key this park is. To be honest it is really an animal rescue and rehabilitation center run by the government so is not really promoted as any sort of tourist attraction.
Nevertheless, if you have kids and would like a quick day trip then it’s worth a visit.
Entrance to the park is free. Don’t expect there to be any attendants on duty, it’s not that sort of place, just walk in and look around yourself.
Don’t expect to find a zoo in the tradition sense, as this is a rescue center where injured and distressed animals are brought for medical care and rehabilitation before being released back into the wild. For this reason animals are always moving in and out of the center so you may find you may find lots of animals or very few.
The gibbons seem to be the main attraction at the zoo but there are plenty of wild birds, fish and deer around. You may be lucky to see some Sun Bears or a tiger and there are normally peacocks walking around the grounds.
Unlike European zoo’s some of the enclosures are quite small but that is really because these animals are on the road to recovery and aren’t kept there very long before being released into the wild again.
There are no shops on site so bring your own food and drinks. There are plenty of shaded areas to sit and enjoy the animals, especially the gibbons performing their acrobatic antics.
The zoo is targeted towards Thai’s, not foreigners, so you’ll find most of the signs and notices in Thai, another reason why the park may be difficult to find. It does get busy on the weekends so if you want a little quiet, ignoring the howling monkeys, then visit during the week.
The animal park is run on donations so if you enjoy your visit be sure to show your appreciation.
The Zoo is located around 10 km north of town in the direction of Cha-Am. Head up Petchakasem Road, past Hua Hin airport and the Dusit Thani Resort. Make a left turn at Soi Huay Sai and travel another 4 km until you see the park on your left.
See the map below for coordinates and directions.