Holidaymakers in Pattaya soon discover there is much more to the resort than just scintillating nightlife and entertainment. Within a few kilometres there are quite a few destinations to enjoy diverse adventure activities or take in an animal sanctuary. Elephant Village combines the chance of seeing these magnificent beasts and then riding one.
Other popular destinations for wildlife enthusiasts are Khao Kheow Open Zoo, the crocodile farm at Million Years Stone Park and Sriracha Tiger Zoo. The latter is about 30 minutes up Highway 7 from Pattaya and is home to more than 400 Bengal tigers. Shows featuring the star inmates never cease to enthral visitors. Other unique draws are the sight of tigers feeding piglets and the option of cuddling a tiger cub.
Youngsters always enjoy the ‘shoot the prey and feed the tigers’. Pigs also get the chance to prove they are not dumb animals with pig races and stunts. In the crocodile shows, the sight of the handlers putting their heads between the reptiles’ fangs is not for the squeamish. At the onsite international restaurant crocodile meat is on the menu, but not a big hit with Caucasians.
Half-day Sriracha Tiger Zoo tours with free shuttle service from most Pattaya area hotels can be reserved on the facility’s website. Our 1Stop Pattaya sightseeing guide has additional information pertaining to other attractions in the locality.