One of the best things about Pattaya is the many places of interest to visit in and around the city. That may surprise a few people who think Thailand’s wild child resort is all about sex, because the city has some very good quality tourist attractions and Million Years Stone Park and Pattaya Crocodile Farm is one of the most popular places people flock to.
Things To Do In Pattaya – Million Years Stone Park and Crocodile Farm
The site sits on over 100 rai of land and was opened to the public in February 1992 and after walking through its entrance gates a beautifully sculpted rock, plant and flower garden greets you. The garden has giant animal-shaped rocks, exotic plants, 200 year-old Thai-style trained trees and…. here’s where the Million Years Stone Park name comes from… Petrified trees (fossilized tree trunks, dating back millions of years and now fossilized stone).
The park has a wildlife zoo with elephants, tigers, camels, bears, giraffes, horses, zebra, deer, emus, ostriches, crocodiles and many more animals, birds and fish on view.
Million Years Stone Park and Pattaya Crocodile Farm has both Bengal and white tigers housed in safe compounds but visitors can also have their picture taken with a tiger (chained) stretched out on public display. Despite the tiger’s chilled look, it’s good advice to pose for your picture behind its head.
The park also offers elephant rides and a tram tour around the site. There is food and refreshment stalls, picnic areas and restaurants on the grounds too.
The experience is not for the faint-hearted because the crocodiles lie in the water seemingly uninterested in the bait dangled before them, then, suddenly, one will leap out of the water and firmly yank the line and bait. It can be a scary moment if you’re holding on to the snared pole and line.
Even more popular than feeding the crocodiles are the almost hourly crocodile shows performed throughout the day in an enclosed water pool arena.
The show’s crocodile performers take one big risk each time they step into the pool with the reptiles and the show is amazing to watch…. albeit, from a very safe distance on the arena’s stone wall and steps.
This is the most jaw-some part of the performance when the showman puts his head into a crocodile’s wide-gaping razor-sharp mouth. How does he do that? Here’s my theory on how.
The showman uses a tickling stick.. yes, you read that right. He tickles the roof of the crocodile’s mouth with the stick and the reptiles’ jaws open more and more until they dislocate open to their full extent. The crocodile then takes a few seconds to unlock its jaws during which time the performer sticks his head inside the crocodiles mouth and counts a set time, he then very quickly withdraws his head before the crocodile’s jaws snap shut.
Have you got a better theory?
If you’re cool and calm enough like this Thai tourist clearly is, you can strike a pose and have your picture taken on the back of one of the show’s crocodiles. I’m not brave enough to try that myself but the show is very entertaining and well worth watching.
Million Years Stone Park and Crocodile Farm rates as one of the best things to do in Pattaya and is a welcome change for anyone seeking an alternative to the crocodile tears that soak Pattaya’s bar girl scene.
Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 am. – 06:30 pm.
Crocodile Shows: 09:00 am, 10:00 am., 11:00 am., 12:00 pm., 01:00 pm., 02:20 pm., 03:30 pm., and 05:00 pm.
Admission: Adult 300 Baht, Child 150 Baht (Prices are subject to change)
Contact: Tel. 038 24 9347-9
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