What a peaceful day on this wonderful Christmas Day 2012! And here I am spending it with the most important people in my life and also closest of friends. My wife and I starved ourselves all morning in the hopes there were some awesome brunch-buffet waiting somewhere. After some searching and finding out many places catering to the Christmas-goers were either too expensive or all packed, we made arrangements to meet everyone at our usual “family spot”– The Chiang Mai Night Safari. I’ve known of the Giraffe Restaurant at the Night Safari for quite some time but this was the first time I’ve personally occasioned this place. My wife was not so enthusiastic as she’s been here before and left terribly disappointed. But she was in a good mood and was a good team player today. It’s Christmas 2012! I have nothing to be sad or disappointed about as I can’t even think of anything more I need in life. How many people can say the same I wonder. And what better place to spend Christmas day than the Giraffe Restaurant with caged up animal to entertain us, followed by the couple of hours at the best playground in all of Chiang Mai!
It’s really too bad Giraffe Restaurant did not have many more guest as the food was well done! Although my wife did prepare me for disappointment before entering, I will still have to say– the steamed fish with chili-lime sauce was the best I’ve had in years! My wife went simple and ordered a Pad-Thai and of all people who should be disappointed, it turned out to be quite pleasing to her. Amen for that! After having been at the Giraffe Restaurant and finally dined, I have to recommend this place to anyone. Food is not as expensive as I had thought but expect to pay about 120 Baht per person to eat here. It’s well worth it if you’ve never been.
I’m not a big fan of zoos and animals being caged up so this idea doesn’t rank well with me. If you don’t mind seeing tigers, giraffes and zebras used as entertainment while you dine, I suggest coming to Giraffe Restaurant at Noon and then around 5-6pm for dinner. Dinner time may be best as then you will also have a chance to participate in the feeding process.
To me, the highlight at the Chiang Mai Night Safari is the outdoor and indoor digital playground. It was free for kids on this Christmas Day but normally it will cost about 30 Baht for kids and 50 Baht for adults to enter the Night Safari Park. And an additional 40 Baht per person to enter the Playground Zone. If you have young children then have lots of energy– take them here for an a few hours! It’s well worth visiting… Always a 2-thumbs up for Chiang Mai Night Safari. Map and images below.
Merry Christmas Everyone! God Bless and do stay safe during this time of year!