Bangkok, Thailand, October 4, 2021-Most people around the world know Pattaya for anything but wholesomeness, so the government’s proposal to turn the notorious seaside resort into a family-friendly tourism center was laughable at best-until COVID-19 struck.
Now under the shadow of the pandemic, locals and foreigners living in Thailand can venture out and discover the kid-friendly attractions around Pattaya. Let’s take a look at a couple of places for the kids to enjoy playing with well-treated animals and other fun activities.
Pattaya Sheep FarmThe Pattaya Sheep Farm claims to be the biggest sheep farm in Thailand with an area of more than 100 Rai. You can easily walk through it with your kids as the different zones are close together. Besides sheep and goats, there is a variety of animals from monkeys, raccoons to horses, cows, deer, tortoises rabbits and hamsters which your kids can pet and feed.
Although the animal talent shows and the floating market were closed because of the pandemic, there was still plenty for the children to do like riding horses or amusement park rides in the little fairground. There is also a mini train ride around the whole park and a “fairy tale” zone of fantasy cement sculptures along with an outdoor children’s park with a trampoline.This place is popular with local and foreign families with small children. The cute animals along with the cartoon fairytale and cowboy-style farm buildings make the place an odd mix of surreal and realism that’s distinctly Thai. For example, you can feed fresh grass to living sheep on the farm and then eat a freshly cooked lamb chop at their on-site steakhouse within the same hour. Interesting...
Overall, it's a good value attraction with enough to do here for a couple of hours and a good variety of animals for your kids to interact with. During COVID-19 it’s only 80 THB for Thais and the same price for foreigners. A first for me in Thailand!
Buddha Mountain (Khao Chi Chan) Buddha Mountain or Khao Chi Chan is a limestone hill that is a Pattaya landmark due to its 109 m x 70 m golden Buddha laser engraving which is the largest carved Buddha image in the world.
It was created in 1995 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the coronation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and for Thai people and Buddhists for spiritual practice. It’s a nice place to stop and snap a family photo before heading down the mountain towards Jomtien beach.
Swiss Sheep Farm PattayaRight past Buddha Mountain is the Swiss Sheep Farm Pattaya is a countryside European-themed farm. Despite the name, it’s a mashup of a variety of architectural styles and themes that can either be charming or kitsch depending on the way you look at it. Like the Pattaya Sheep Farm, this place also has many other farm animals besides sheep.
During the pandemic, this place has fallen on hard times and all the sheep are moved to another farm across the country. Entrance is free now and you can roam unattended around the empty park to admire the recreated town and play with the remaining horses, donkeys, ponies, goats and rabbits.During normal operations, there are a variety of fun activities like archery and bull riding machine in the country fairground. You can even stay overnight in the themed hotel if you want to experience a night in an abandoned amusement park.
Overall, it’s a somewhat interesting place for both families and couples on a date. The free entrance now is definitely a draw, but activities are limited and the regular fee of 180 THB for Thais (double for non-Thai) is overpriced.
SummaryThe pandemic is a good time to take the family out for a drive to explore the surrounding hills and beaches outside Pattaya. You’ll find that there is much more to the area than the racy walking street and beach road bars.
As the government tries again to “reinvent” Pattaya as a place for families, we can look past the hype and discover wholesome and natural places to relax and enjoy animals, tropical nature, sun and sea.
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