The Million Years Stone Park, more than 70 acres’ stretch of land 15 minutes away from Pattaya, is one of the newest tourist attractions in Pattaya. Made for all the lovers of nature and its wonders, the park contains a huge collection of trunks of trees, rocks, exotic flowers and plants and other rare and beautiful objects from nature. It also houses a crocodile farm in a separate area located within the grounds of the park.
The Million Years Stone Park was established by Mr. Khun Suan Phanomwattanakul, an ordinary businessman who loved nature and who hoped to one day share all his collections to the public. Mostly, Mr Phanomwattanakul wanted to preserve beautiful pieces from nature and with it, the culture of Thailand. For over 30 years since he was a kid, he has collected bits and pieces of wonders of nature, and finally in 1992, he opened his self-conceptualized landscaped park to the public.
Nowadays, the park also hosts daily shows including the crocodile-man fight that has made the park a famous tourist destination among local and foreign tourists alike. Visitors of the park are not limited to the thrill-seeker tourists. Every year, the park receives hundreds of students and groups on school tours and excursions, for close inspection of the geological exhibits found in the park, as well as the exotic animal life it houses.
The Million Years Stone Park, as its name suggests, houses petrified trees of over a million years old and Thai-style pruned trees more than 200 years of age. There are also odd rock formations with heights ranging from a meter to several meters in height. The grotesquely shaped rocks weigh roughly 75 tons each. The park also highlights several other objects on exhibit like its award-winning bonsai tree and the flowering garden where rare foliage and flowers can be seen. Some wide stepping-stones are also set above a water garden where visitors can actually walk on to cross to other side.
Truly a living museum of natural beauty, the park inspires awe from its visitors. From exotic plants and strange rocks in a lovely garden to man-made waterfalls, the park is sure to capture the interest of people who find beauty in all things natural. It’s another good option for tours with your kids and the whole family.
Opening Hours: The park is open daily from 8 AM to 6:30 PM. An admission fee is required to enter the premises, and child rate is the same as the adult.
How to get there: The Million Years Stone Park is located at 22/1 Moo1 Nongplalai, Banglamung, Chonburi, Pattaya City. To get there from the city proper, take the Sukhumvit Road (highway Number 3) and head to Chonburi-Bangkok. Get past the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital and turn right at Chaipornvitee Road (Highway Number 3240). The park is only about 6 to 7 minutes away from the Chaipornvitee Road junction. A big signboard is posted in the corner, just follow the road signs and you’ll soon arrive at the park.