Outdoor Fun Snakes Elephants Crocodiles Fish Gardens
There are plenty of well appointed outdoor theme parks, animal parks and gardens to visit around Pattaya. Snake shows, elephant show, monkey training, crocodile farm, tiger zoo, aquarium, butterfly garden, horse rides, beautiful landscaped gardens and museums are some of the outdoor attractions which indicate that Pattaya is not just party city. There is something here for the whole family to share and enjoy.
Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens
163 Sukhumvit Rd. Sattahip, Chonburi. Tel: 038 709358-62, 038 238158-9
Pattaya Office:Opposite Amari Nipa Resort Pattaya Klang Rd.(Central Rd)
Tel: 038 429321
If you like gardens you will certainly want to stay at least half a day. I enjoyed the cactus, bromeliad and orchid nurseries.
There is a cultural show which includes elephants graceful Thai dances, and multitalented performers.
There is also a small zoo where the visitor can have close contact with monkeys and tigers.
Nong Nooch is one of the few venues which does not impose the two tier entrance fee. That is foreigners and Thais pay the same amount.
If you plan to visit Nong Nooch you could stop off at this site on the way. The Wat is located 12 Kilometers south of Pattaya just three kilometers before Nong Nooch.This temple is patronised by the King and is unique for its modern Thai architecture. Allow your self enough time, about one hour, for this visit.
Take a short walk through the elegantly landscaped garden to the marble pagoda at the rear and you will soon realise why meditation courses are held in the grounds. There is no entrance fee.
Remember to wear suitable attire for a temple visit. More details about the meditation courses in:After-The-Rush e-book
Wihan Sian Museum
This predominantly Chinese museum is located 12 kilometers south of Pattaya across the lake from Wat Yansangwararam. It is immaculately cared for with lots of bronze life size sculptures of Chinese Emperors and warriors. There is also an interesting scale model of the "Lost Army" The entry fee of fifty baht is good value.
Pattaya Elephant Village
51/1 Soi Siam Country Club Rd Moo2 Tel: 038 249818, 038 249174-5
This is a convenient location to see elephants in action and elephant show. The village is located off Siam Country Club Road on the way to the golf course. If you are driving yourself just follow the signs. The elephants will demonstrate their lumber moving skills, play a game of elephant footy and participate in a reenactment of the ancient war parade.
The mahouts (elephant trainers and carers) will also demonstrate how wild elephants were captured. There is one show daily at 2.30 p.m. The show lasts about one and a half hour.
Mini Siam & Mini Europe
387 Moo 6, Sukhumvit Rd Tel: 038 421628, 038 726201-2This is the third miniature town in the world built after those in the Netherlands and Taiwan that brings together models of important objects and historical sites from different cultures and civilizations spanning various periods from ancient times till the present. More than 100 models, each on a scale of 1:25, are displayed in a natural setting. The whole site occupies 29 rai (about 12 acres).
Million Years Stone Park & Crocodile Farm
22/1 Moo 1, Nongplalai Tel: 038 250088Located on over 70 acres of land about 15 minutes drive from Pattaya, the Million Years Stone Park & Crocodile Farm is a striking tourist attraction arduously created over a 20 year period.
- Thousands of crocodiles, both saltwater and freshwater, living in shady natural surroundings.
- Giant catfish, the biggest freshwater fish in the world weighing up to 500 kg.
- A shoal of snakehead fish of the Amazon River.
- Thepha fish, a most graceful but endangered species of Thailand.
- The intelligent albino bear and other albino animals.
- Tigers, horses, cows, crocodiles, elephants, camels, lions, bears, monkeys and several species of deer.
- Eastern Sarus Cranes, emus, cassowaries and over 20 ostriches, the largest group in Thailand.
Siam Country Club
This is a well kept 18 hole golf course situated several kilometers into Soi Siam Country Club off Sukhumvit Rd. Accommodation is available at the club in a bush land setting on the hill. A small stream runs through a few of the fairways.There is also a driving range at the club.
341 Moo 5 Soi Nernplubwahn SukhumvitRd Tel: 038 730608
Lots of snakes on display and an entertaining show. Hissssss.
The Sanctuary Of Truth
206/2 M5 Naklua Rd. Tel: 038 367229-30 Open 8:00 till 17:00
This is a showcase of the skills of Thai wood carvers. The temple is made of wood and is more than one hundred meters high. That is equal to the height of a twenty story building.
The images, of which there are many, are elaborate and beautifully designed replicas of ancient art.
Set on a land area of 32 acres which includes a dolphin enclosure.
Dolphin show times are 11.30 and 15.30.
Underwater World PattayaUnderwater World Pattaya opened on 4th July 2003. It is a showcase of various marine life. Located on Sukhumvit Road South Pattaya, it complements the many other educational and recreational activities available here. When you visit Underwater World you are taken into a see through perspex tunnel a few meters under the water.
You can view underwater life such as sharks, stingrays, turtles, starfish, seahorses, many species of fish, seaweed, and colored coral. Get a close up view of a hugh stingray as it glides through the water above you. Observe your feelings when you are underwater face to face with a 6 foot shark. It really is worth the entry fee.
From just over 200 spicies there are more than 2,500 animals in the aquarium. The aquarium is divided into 4 sections probably to segregate preditors and prey. To catch all the underwater action it is well worth to be around while the fish are being fed.
You will be able to watch a diver jump in with the sharks in the shark tank during a feeding scession. He also gets right up close to one of the largest freshwater fish on planet earth. There the big fish will eat right from the diver's hand.
Below is the Underwater World show times and feeding schedule.
The entry fee for foreigen adults (non-Thai) is 500 Baht and for non-Thai children 300 Baht. The Pattaya aquarium (Underwater World) is located on Sukhumvit Road South Pattaya just past Tesco Lotus shopping center travelling south. It is a white tent shape building on the same side of the road as Lotus and just after Macro supermarket.