After we ate, we headed back to the entrance and found a whole bunch of goats and ponies that we could pet and even feed. The boys had a great time giving the baby goats a bottle.
When we finally convinced them to go inside, we found we were just in time to pet and feed an elephant. Yup, an elephant! I was so thrilled that Derek and the boys got to touch, feed, and interact a little with one of these amazing animals. We feed that guy dozen of bananas and had a great time petting his trunk.
The actual night safari was nice. The animals were easy to see, and the guides shared good information about each species as we made our way through the park. The only downfall was that on the first of the two rides, we were in the very back and could not hear the guide at all. Many people were not following the rules, and we saw a little boy get bit by a zebra due to his rule-breaking.
While not the best zoo experience we've had in Asia (Singapore Zoo), it was definitely not the worst (Saigon Zoo). It is worth a visit if you are bringing your kids to Chiang Mai--even if all you do is feed the deer and play at the playground. I am glad we did it.