The Pattaya Crocodile Farm is a part of the Million Years Stone Park located a few minutes away from the city center of Pattaya. It’s a wildlife theme park stretching to about 28 hectares in area. It breeds and houses thousands of crocodiles, both the saltwater and the freshwater varieties. It’s also home to many species of animals, including endangered species in Thailand. The farm, however, is not only famous for the many kinds of crocodiles and animals found within its property. The farm is most famous for the crocodile shows it hosts daily.
It is advertised as amusing and thrilling, but amongst tourists, a division in opinion of the crocodile show seems to exist. The crocodile “beast VS man” fight show seems to arouse both amusement and disdain from its watchers. Some do find it all exciting, but a marginal few find it offensive and cruel for the animal. But however it is viewed by the public, the show continues to lure numerous tourists every day.
Another attraction that the farm offers is the crocodile-feeding opportunity. Crocodiles are fed by the visitors using a baited fishing pole. These reptiles not only enjoy the attention of feeding tourists, but also a cage that’s said to have the biggest area of water of all crocodile farms in the country.
Aside from crocodiles, the farm also houses a giant catfish weighing about 500 kg, a group of predatory snakeheads straight from the Amazon River, the endangered species of Thepha fish, albino bears, Himalayan bears, tigers, lions, leopards, horses, cows, elephants, Dromedary camels, some species of deer, ostriches, llamas and many other exotic animals.
However, while some visitors are quite entertained by the animals in the farm, others are quick to notice the condition of the animals and the rather small and constricting cages of the animals. But whether visitors are wonderfully tired of taking in the sight of animals or awfully drained by what they saw, all find the elephant riding and posing beside the tame tiger a delightful experience.
There truly are differing views of the Pattaya Crocodile Farm and most actually consider it worth a visit because of it. Conversely, kids love the crocodile farm experience. Moreover, parents who want to expose and give their kids educational entertainment on crocodiles and other wild creatures have found the farm satisfactory. The farm, in fact, afford its visitors close encounter with the animals.
Opening Hours: The farm is open every day from 8 AM to 6:30 PM. An entrance fee is required for admission in the premises.
Crocodile Show Schedules: A.M. -10, 11:20 / P.M. – 1, 2:20, 3:30 and 5
How to get there: The physical address of the farm is 22/1 Moo1 Nongplalai, Banglamung, Chonburi, Pattaya City. From Pattaya, take the Sukhumvit Road leading to Chonburi Bangkok. After you passed the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital, watch out for the Chaipornvitee Road on your right. As you turn right, you’ll find a huge sign on the road that says The Million Years Stone Park and Pattaya Crocodile Farm. Follow the signs until you reach the farm.