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Home to golden Buddhist temples and bustling markets, Bangkok is one of Asia’s top travel destinations. If you are looking for a unique experience, Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo is the place for you. Situated 10 kilometres from Bangkok city, the famous Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm is the world’s largest crocodile farm with over 60,000 fresh and salt-water crocodiles. A visit to the Crocodile Farm is often included in many Bangkok Travel Deals and you can further explore the Thai capital with tours offered by Jetwing Holidays.
Opened in 1950 by Thailand’s ‘Crocodile King’, Utai Youngprapakorn, Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo is dedicated to protecting endangered crocodile species with the Park even having a crocodile breeding facility and a wildlife research centre. Open daily from 7 a.m until 6 p.m, an entrance ticket allows visitors to explore the 300 acre zoo and visit its reptile inhabitants. The quickest way around the Park is ride on the mini-train which snakes through the Park allowing close-up views of crocodiles including the Park’s star attraction, Yai who measuring at six meters in length and weighing 2645 pounds is one of the world’s largest crocodiles. While at the park, visit the Dinosaur Museum and admire its selection of 13 life-size dinosaur models and skeletons and watch an informative presentation on the history of humans and animals.
While at the park don’t miss the opportunity to watch the entertaining crocodile shows and be awed at the confidence and trust shared between the teeth-baring, menacing crocodiles and their handlers and hold your breath during the fierce crocodile battles. The crocodile performances occur every day from 9 a.m onwards giving visitors ample opportunities to watch the show and even catch the re-runs! Although crocodiles take pride of place at Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm, the zoo is also home to other animals including elephants, tigers, chimpanzees, pythons, turtles and camels. Not to be outdone by the exciting crocodile performances, the Park’s elephants also put on hourly performances that are true crowd pleasers. Where else can you find an elephant that can paint? Only in Thailand!
Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+