One thing that most visitors to Thailand love is the hot, tropical climate, which makes it possible to lounge on the beach all year round. So it might come as quite a surprise to learn that snow can be found in Chiang Mai.
This weekend Chiang Mai Zoo launched a new attraction, which is already proving to be a big hit. The Snow Dome, which is located in the panda-observation area, opened on Saturday and was soon fully booked.
50 people are allowed into the Snow Dome during one session and there are 12 sessions each day, starting at 9:45 and finishing at 6pm. Each session lasts for around half an hour, during which time visitors don thick jackets and shoes and ride on snow slopes in sledges, throw snowballs and play in this winter wonderland.
Although there is a similar center in Bangkok, this is already proving to be far more popular. As eight-year-old Monsikan Pleumjitjaijongdee commented to The Nation this weekend: “I’ve seen a snow dome before in Bangkok’s Dream World, but I like this one better because they have panda dolls and doughnut skis for the visitors to play on.”
For those born in the tropics this is a unique opportunity to experience a Western style winter.