PLACE: Crocodile Farm and Zoo (ฟาร์มจระเข้และสวนสัตว์)
LOCATION: Taiban sub-district in Amphoe Mueang district
GPS Coordinates: 13.571924, 100.597496
TELEPHONE: tel. 02 703 4891-5, 02 703 5144-8.
OPENING HOURS: Open daily 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
ADMISSION: There is a two price system. 80 baht for Thai and 300 baht for foreigners. If you can speak Thai you can usually get local price.
The Crocodile Farm was built in 1950 as Thailand’s first crocodile farm. It is now the world’s largest crocodile farm. It is situated at Tambon Tai Ban, 3 kilometres from Samut Prakan town. The farm has over 60,000 crocodiles of different kinds in various pits. Daily shows feature catching crocodiles bare-handed. Shows take place every hour from 09.00-17.00., except at noon; additional shows at 12.00 and 17.00 on holidays. Feeding time is between 16.30 – 17.30. Another star attraction for visitors is the elephant show of which performances are held daily every hour from 09.30 -16.30. Furthermore, you can see tigers, chimpanzees, and other animals such as gibbons, turtles, boa constrictors, pythons, birds, camels, hippopotamuses, and of various species of fishes. There is even a Dinosaur Museum which has on display life-size models and skeletons of more than 13 kinds of dinosaurs and also features a multi-vision slide presentation on man and prehistoric animals.
Map for Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo:
GETTING THERE:You can take air-conditioned buses Line Nos. 7, 8, and 511, to the end of the Line or by non air-conditioned buses Line Nos. 25 and 102, to Samut Prakan and then take another ride on a local truck (blue songtaew) Line No. S which goes all the way to the Crocodile Farm. You can also take Songtaew 30 or 36 from Paknam which goes along Sukhumwit Road. You need to get off at the turnoff pictured below. The songtaew costs 8 baht and a motorcycle taxi from the top of the Soi costs only 10 baht. If you want to go to Ancient Siam afterwards, come back to this intersection and catch the same songtaew again for another 4 kms.
DRIVING INSTRUCTIONS:The main entrance to the Crocodile Farm is off Sukhumwit Road. If you are driving from Bangkok on Sukhumwit Road, it will take you about ten minutes (depending on traffic) from The Erawan Museum. The distance to this turnoff is 7.2 kms. (Click on the images to see bigger versions.) When you arrive in Samut Prakan, you shouldn’t enter the city but turn left at the traffic lights following the sign for “Chon Buri”. This is the bypass around the city. A few minutes later you will pass Big C on your right. At the next intersection go straight across the lights. This turnoff is 500 meters after the traffic lights. Turn right down this Soi. Go to the end where the road does a sharp turn to the right. Keep going for another 600 meters and you will see the Crocodile Farm car park on your left. (Click here for full driving instructions.)
Tourist attractions in this area:
Amphoe Mueang district:
- The Erawan Museum
- Bang Pu Seaside Resort
- Ancient Siam
- Crocodile Farm and Zoo
- Thamma Katanyu Foundation
- Wat Asokaram
- Paknam City Pillar
- Thai Naval Museum
Samut Prakan is divided into six districts: Amphoe Mueang, Amphoe Bang Bo, Amphoe Bang Phli, Amphoe Phra Pradaeng, Amphoe Phra Samut Chedi and Amphoe Bang Sao Thong. Click on the links to see tourist attractions from each of those districts. Or click here to see a Map of Tourist Attractions in Samut Prakan Province.