The Million Years Stone Park and Crocodile Farm is a unique attraction where you get to see some of the rare and ancient plants of Thailand. The Park also has an exclusive crocodile farm where you can get up close with crocodiles.
The Million Years Stone Park features scenic landscaped, beautiful gardens filled with unique and rare plants, Bonsai trees, and oddly shaped rocks and trees that are hundreds of years old. The crocodile farm offers you a close encounter with hungry saltwater crocodiles. You also get to feed them raw chicken with a fishing rod. The crocodile farm also has tigers, elephants and giraffes and you can have a feeding session with these animals.
To add to the thrill there is also the crocodile show where the workers have a wrestling match with the crocodiles. The Million Years Stone Park and Crocodile Farm has several sections spread across 70 acres of land. These sections include the Garden and Stone Park, the Exotic Zoo and the Crocodile Kingdom. The Garden and the Stone Park has several unique attractions such as the Thai-styled trained trees that are over 200 years old, and fossilized tree trunks that are millions of years old.
The Million Years Stone Park and Crocodile Farm has a wonderfully landscaped Garden where ancient and unique trees like the Inchan trees, the Cycad trees have been preserved. Most of these rare and unique plants are on the verge of extinction and the park is trying to preserve these species.
Pong Chamao is a rare plant found only in the Eastern part of Thailand. The Million Years Stone Park takes particular care of this tree as this particular species is heading towards extinction. The Cycads are single or branched plants with smooth gray stems and feathery leaves in green or gray-green color. The Chamao Cycads grow very slowly, they are difficult to propagate and have very limited natural habitats to grow. This is the main reason that they are on the brink of extinction.
The Million Years Stone Park and Crocodile Farm has many rare and unique plants including the Inchan trees which is an ancient tree that was commonly planted in temples. The Inchan tree is now facing extinction due to lack of natural habitat for it to grow in. The Inchan tree is a slow growing perennial plant which is about 10 to 20 m tall. The flowers of the Inchan tree are either white or light yellow and produce two different types of fruits each year. The tree has a spherical canopy, a straight trunk, smooth dark bark, brownish gray or black scaly bark, white bark. Earlier, its beautifully patterned wood was used to make decorative furniture, but now it is classified as an endangered plant.
The Million Years Stone Park and Crocodile Farm is home to the world's largest Orchid, the Jealous Diamond or the Phet Huang. This beautiful orchid is generally found in the rainforest of the Northeast, Southeast and Southern region of Thailand. These orchids have several unique features and they also have medicinal properties. Another unique feature of the Jealous Diamond is, during thunderstorms it stalks away and when the storm breaks the orchids make a sound which is similar to setting firecrackers and the Diamond flower disappears. Besides the jealous diamond the Orchid corner also has several other species of orchids.
This is a fossilized wood which retails its original look to a very large extent making it look almost tree- like if not seen properly. The petrified wood is formed when plant material is buried deep but it is protected from decay due to Oxygen and other organisms. Groundwater which is rich in minerals replaces the original plant material and fills it with silica, pyrite and calcite. Due to these processes the tree or plant material retains its minute details such as cellular structure, bark and wood. Such pieces are more than a million years old and have been collected and placed all over the Million Years Stone Park Crocodile Farm for visitors to see, enjoy as well as learn.
The Thai Perm Wood is over 200 years old bearing witness to the ancient art of tree shape training. This form of artwork is inherited and has been followed since ancient times. These trees are grown in a simulated forest and trained to bend a certain way as they grow. Trees that are most likely used for Thai-styled training are Tamarind tree, Tako wood, the Hokkien tree, and Koi trees. These are unique art forms and you need to understand the nature of the plant and its growth patterns. Thai-styled tree training requires time, patience and knowledge of the plant world. Here at the Million Years Stone Park Crocodile Farm you will find a 200 year old model of Thai-trained tree that belong to the Ayutthaya and Rattanakosin periods.
The Million Years Stone Park has a wide variety of oddly shaped rocks and the most famous of them all is the DragonStone. This massive piece of rock is shaped like a dragon and weighs over 90 tons. This is the heaviest stone at the Park and has a place of honor surrounded by a beautiful garden.
The Million Years Stone Park and Crocodile farm in Pattaya is the largest park and one of its kind in Thailand. It has a large number of saltwater and freshwater crocodiles. Other than the crocodiles it also has other fascinating animals in the Zoo section. Thrilling crocodile shows are held daily at the Park and visitors can also feed these ferocious creatures using a fishing rod
This Crocodile Farm has the largest number of crocodiles in Thailand. The Farm even breeds its own crocodiles and considering the number of crocodiles the number of eggs produced is quite large. The spawning season of the saltwater crocodiles is between March to June each year. Crocodile eggs have grown in popularity due to their high nutritional value and the demand for them is growing everyday. These eggs are like duck eggs but slightly more elongated and larger. According to experts the nutritional value of crocodile eggs is higher than duck eggs and they are now being used in a variety of healthy menus. You can purchase Crocodile eggs directly from the Farm.
The Crocodile Farm has the largest number of saltwater crocodiles in Thailand. The saltwater crocodiles are one of the largest crocodile species in the world and they have the most intense bite.
The Million Years Stone Park and Crocodile Farm also have a large number of freshwater crocodiles. They are different from saltwater crocodiles in terms of size and nature. They can grow up to 3 to 4 meters in length and they are not as ferocious in nature as the saltwater crocodiles. Crocodiles bred in captivity have almost lost their genuine characteristic due to excessive interbreeding. Earlier crocodiles were abundant in Thailand especially the Bung Boraphet region. Crocodiles from this region fetched a very high price due to their beautiful yellow skin which is turned to high end leather goods. But now these varieties are on the brink of extinction and genuine ones are even more rare.
Location: 22 Nong Pla Lai, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand
Opening Hours: 8am to 5 pm daily
Best time to visit:The best time to visit the Million Years Stone Park and Crocodile Farm is in the early morning hours around 9am. This will give you enough time to explore the garden area while the temperature is still cooler. Also this would give you ample time to watch the first Crocodile show of the day which starts at 10am.
By Public Transport:The Bang Lamung District is just 9 km away from Pattaya city center. You can hop into a motorbike taxi, Tuk Tuk or board a songthaew that is headed towards Bang Lamung District.
By car:The Million Years Stone Park and Crocodile Farm is located around 9 km North of Pattaya on Sukhumvit Road. Drive northbound on Sukhumvit Road from Pattaya Klang and then turning into Motorway-7 until the first tollbooth. Once you reach the booth take the lane to the left but do not go through the toll booth. This road will take you directly to the Million Years Stone Park and Crocodile Farm.
Is it safe to visit the Crocodile Farm?
Yes, the trainers and concerned authorities assure that it is absolutely safe to visit the Crocodile Park. The shows are done in controlled environments and meant for entertainment.
What makes the Million Years Stone Park and Crocodile Farm so famous?
The Million Years Stone Park and Crocodile Farm features a beautifully landscaped garden filled with rare and ancient plants which most have only seen in textbooks. It has oddly shaped rock formations that will astound any kind of visitor. There are a variety of petrified trees that are a million years old with their unique markings. The Crocodile farm has the largest number of saltwater crocodiles in Thailand. The Park has a lot to offer to each of its visitors making it quite famous.
What is the best time to visit the Million Years Stone Park and Crocodile Farm?
The best time to visit the Million Years Stone Park and Crocodile Farm is in the early morning hours around 9am. The temperature is cooler during this time and you can explore the garden area more comfortably. It will also give you time to get to the first crocodile show of the day which begins at 10:00 a.m.
Are outside food allowed inside the Million Years Stone Park and Crocodile Farm?
No, outside food is not allowed inside the Million Years Stone Park and Crocodile Farm. There are eateries and restaurants inside the Park where you can buy food and refreshments while you are exploring the place.
How old is the Million Years Stone Park and Crocodile Farm?
The Million Years Stone Park and Crocodile Farm is over 30 years old. The construction of the Park began in 1989 and it was first opened to the public on 1st February 1992.