Only about 160km northwest of Bangkok, Bung Chawak in Suphan Buri has almost everything for tourists to enjoy, ranging from a large aquarium, zoo and recreation zone to vegetable farms and a rice mill. A must-see is the Bung Chawak Aquarium, featuring freshwater and marine fish from all over the world. It was established in July 1996 and opened in February 1998 under a project in honour of His Majesty the King.
There are 3 buildings which feature more than 50 types of freshwater and marine fish from Thailand and abroad, stuffed crocodiles and eggs, which reflect the stages of growth, and nearly 100 kinds of sea fish.
Highlights include a 400m3 aquarium tank, with an 8.5m-long transparent tunnel, where scuba divers feed the fish four times a day.
Before bidding farewell to Bung Chawak, check out a pond covering three rai where 100 freshwater crocodiles, each 1.5m to 4m long, live. The Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant's Wildlife Management and Development Centre in the same compound is also worth seeing. The centre boasts a 25m-high aviary, cave-like areas for keeping tigers and lions, water birds, Siamese Fireback pheasant and rare birds. Another zone houses wallabies, giraffes, ostriches, zebras and camels. At the end of a long day, the area's slogan is perfect: "No visit to Bung Chawak means having not reached Suphan Buri yet."
Bung Chawak Aquarium opens daily 8.30am-5pm on weekdays and 8.30am-6pm on weekends and holidays. Call 035-430-033.
- Open days
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
08:30 to 17:00
Bung Chawak Aquarium, Doem Bang, Doembang Nangbuat, Suphanburi 72120 Thailand
- Phone number
+66 (0) 35-430-033
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