Day Trips at Tamao Zoo and Tonle Bati
I want something the wild side, and I take a trip to Phnom Tamao. Located about 45 km south of Phnom Penh. Being located 45 kilometers outside of town also, the journey itself is very pleasant taking in delightful Cambodian countryside.
Ta Mao Zoo is a wonderful and interesting zoo, the largest in Cambodia which is located outside town and which is actually one of the further Phnom Penh attractions, sitting just inside picturesque Takeo province.
Phnom Tamao Zoo Park is the zoological park and wildlife rescue centre is home to more than 96 species of birds, mammals, lions, bears and 38 kinds of birds. The zoo and it’s grounds are protected under government environmental protection schemes, and a unique quality of this zoo is that unlike most zoos in the world all the animals are Cambodian and not taken from other countries. This goes hand in hand with the fact that there is a rescue center as part of the zoo where animals are cared for and then rehabilitated into the wild.
It is really hot in this zoo. I take a round 2 hours and 30 minute for ride a motor around this zoo. I feel I do not like their zoo management that able to car, motor to drive around zoo and have a store of villager sell food in here. I wish here to have a parking place for motor and cars.
For zoo admission, they sell ticket for 1 adults is 4ooo riels for Khmer ( 1 usd for khmer ) and 1000 riels for motor drive-in in zoo. For foreigner is 5 usd per ticket.
wildlife at Zoo Park
on the way back, I take a visit Tonle Bati. It is another worth seeing. The small lake is a bout 30km south from Phnom Penh and a few minutes drive from Tamao Zoo. This place is a popular weekend destination with locals who come there to relax, picnic, fishing and swimming.