Meet the wildlife
- Khao Keow Open Zoo, Approx. 35 kilometres north of Pattaya near Chonburi city, the Khao Kheow Open Zoo may be a bit far off but is definitely worth a visit. As the name says, Khao Kheow is an open zoo on a huge 1,200-acres parkland area where animals can roam freely, and the atmosphere resembles much rather a safari experience than a traditional zoo.
Khao Kheow features around 8,000 animals of 300 different species, including tigers, elephants, monkeys, kangaroos, elephants etc. and can be described as a “wildlife bank” as many of the featured animals is on the list of endangered species. Other attractions include elephant trekking, animal shows and a special “Night Safari”.
Because of the immense size of the zoo, having one’s own vehicle is most convenient for getting around. Otherwise, you can use the auto tram or rent a bicycle or golf cart. Khao Kheow is sponsored by Queen Sirikit of Thailand and charges an admission fee of only 70 Baht for Thai visitors and 100 Baht for foreigners, or 300 Baht including two free shows.
- Pattaya Dolphin World, Pass the Pattaya Floating Market and look for the street signs. The direction is well marked with large traffic signs. The Pattaya Dolphin World & Resort is located near the Phoenix Golf Club. Several times a day there are 45 minutes shows. Seating is provided for approximately 2000 people per show. The show is not at the same level as the more famous shows in other parts of the world but it is still entertaining. During the show there are various types of acts with four dolphins
- Sri Racha Tiger Zoo, located in Sri Racha north of Pattaya – features hundreds of Bengal tigers in the tiger playground (along with pigs and dogs!), 100 000 crocodiles, elephants, and many other exotic animals. Daily tiger shows, crocodile and elephant shows. Your chance to pet and be pictured with these fearsome predators. More info on their website www.tigerzoo.com
- The Million-Year Stone Park and Crocodile Farm Chaiyaphonwithi Road (15 minute drive from central Pattaya), 08:30-18:30 daily. Features an exotic zoo, and crocodile farm, with fire-swallowing and magic shows, as well as the garden and Stone Park. This popular attraction grounds are landscaped with flowering plants and rock gardens. There are hundreds of crocodiles as well as some rare animals, including albino bears. There are crocodile shows, magic performances and animal shows 7 times a day from 09:00-17:00. 300 baht/adults, 150 baht/children. www.thaistonepark.org
- Pattaya Elephant Village 54/1 Moo 2, Tambon Nong Prue. This elephant camp focuses on daily life of elephants and their masters and also offers stage shows demonstrating how to catch wild elephants, elephants-at-work in the jungle, elephants playing football, ancient elephant training techniques, bathing, traditional roundup methods, and a spectacular ceremony with a specially-trained “war elephant.” The shows are held daily at 14:30 and last one hour, 650 Baht a one-hour elephant ride is available from 08:00-17:30 for 1200-2000 baht/person and rafting trekking three-hour is available from 10:00-15:30PM at 1,800 baht/person. www.elephant-village-pattaya.com
- Underwater World 09:00–18:00 daily, feeding times 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00. This is a relatively small aquarium where there is a collection of marine species in the Gulf of Thailand. Visitors can walk through the acrylic pedestrian tunnel and witness various kinds of fish swimming in the 180 degree area. The tunnel is 105 metres long divided into 4 zones; the first zone where there are beautiful and rare fish such as angel fish, cleaning wrasse and butterfly fish, the second zone displays soft-bone fish such as sharks, stingrays etc. while the third zone contains Napoleon fish, groupers, hawksbill turtles, and green turtles which reside around a replica of shipwreck; the fourth zone is a special one where fish from the Amazon River are on display. Moreover, there is marine life feeding shows, both on the surface of the water and underwater in each zone. It is possible to dive in the tank with the fish for a cost of 2500baht for 30 minutes. 500 baht/adult, 300 baht/child.
Monkey Training Centre
Located on Soi Chaiyapruek 1 in Jomtien (near Sukhumvit Road) this “Monkey Training Centre” features demonstrations of traditional monkey training methods (e.g. monkeys trained to harvest coconuts) and presentations of their enormous skills; also cock fighting and snake shows. Daily shows at 9h, 11h, 12h, 14h, and 17h. Admission fee 250 Baht.