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Sri Racha is rather famous for its seafood, mostly served with a very spicy chili sauce called nam prik si racha  made from chili and vinegar. It has thus lent its name to Sri Racha  chili sauces. The town is also the main transit point to Koh Sichang.

North of the town is the temple of Wat Koh Loy, located on an island connected with the mainland by a 1.5 km causeway. The temple mixes Thai Buddhists and Chinese icons of worship, including a Buddha's footprint.

The main tourist attraction of Sri Racha are the zoos Khao Khew Open Zoo and Sri Racha Tiger Zoo.

Khao Khew Open Zoo is a magnificent blend of forests, wild animals, bird aviary and responsible animal management.

Sponsored by HM Queen Sirikit, the zoo has grown in size, scope and importance.

Internationally recognized for its animal management and operations, the zoo has features that make it a great day trip for the entire family.

More than 300 species and 8,000 animals populate the 5,000 rai sanctuary. Six of the newer residents of the zoo are rare white tigers exchanged by the Memphis Zoo in the USA.

Khao Kheow is described as a wildlife bank as many animals are on the endangered species list. The zoo is known for success in breeding some of these endangered animals. One such project is breeding the rare Clouded Leopard. Other endangered mammals at the zoo includes the Asian Wild Dog, Malayan Tapir and tiger.

Rare Asian bird species draw bird watchers from around the world. A walk-though aviary has been built on a mountain slope and presents an appealing environment.

The aviary is Asia's second largest. Endangered bird species at the zoo includes the Black Necked Stork and White Crested Laughing Thrush as two examples.

Sri Racha Tiger Zoo

Sri Racha Tiger Zoo had up to 400 Bengal tigers as well as other animals on show. However in

October 2004, tigers in the zoo contracted bird flu of the dangerous H5N1 virus, probably from

being fed infected chicken. 30 tigers died of the virus, another 80 were culled as they were

suspected to have contracted the virus as well. The zoo was temporarily closed, but reopened

early in 2005. Entry costs 300 Baht and includes scheduled tiger shows in the amphitheatre.

Chonburi Province Page 69, Sri Racha Tiger Zoo, Chonburi, Thailand