Thinking of visiting the Pattaya Dolphin Show, here’s a selection of photos and video (see below) from the show at the Dolphin World Resort which opened in August 2011. For directions to Pattaya Dolphin World just click on the “location link” at the bottom of this post.
The dolphinarium at Pattaya Dolphin World has tiered concrete seating, is roofed, sheltered from the sun and cooled by fans. Commentary is in both Thai and English.
The dolphin show lasts about 1 hour, food and drink is available on site. The Pattaya Dolphin World brochure claims many more activities are on site, including BB gun, Airsoft gun, Children’s playground, Fishing park and water park, most of these activities will not be available until mid 2012, best to check first to avoid disappointment.
The admission/entry fee at the Pattaya Dolphin Show was 500 Baht for foreigners, 199 Baht for Thais, 100 Baht for children. Foreigners with a Thai driving license get in for the same price as Thais.
The show itself was quite entertaining, it’s just a shame about the double pricing, most of the Pattaya tourist attractions adopt the double pricing policy for tourists, but sometimes double isn’t double, it’s just a higher rate. At Pattaya Dolphin World Resort the rate is actually more than double, that’s a lot of money for a family to spend on 1 hours entertainment.
Many dolphin shows and dolphinariums claim that the dolphins used in their show are rescued dolphins, usually after the dolphin supposedly collided with a boat or becoming entangled in fishing nets.
Animal shows, for better or for worse are becoming a popular sideline at many of the Pattaya tourist attractions, at Nong Nooch they feature an elephant show, the Tiger Zoo has a tiger show, the Crocodile Farm has a crocodile show, the Sanctuary of Truth also occasionally has a dolphin show.
It is said that the dolphin which played the role of “Flipper” in the popular 1970’s T.V. series actually committed suicide because it became so depressed by life in captivity.
Update January 24th 2014: Pattaya Dolphin World has received many reviews on Trip Advisor, quite mixed but many are negative. If I was you I would read the Dolphin World reviews on tripadvisor.com before going. Many of the promised extra attractions are open, including shooting, quad bike riding, pony rides, and children’s play area. Reports on tripadvisor.com suggest these extra activities are not included in the entry fee, so all in all it could be a rather expensive day out.
You can find Pattaya Dolphin World and many more of Pattaya’s top tourist attractions on the Pattaya Tourist attractions Map.