Thinking of visiting the Pattaya Dolphin Show, here’s a selection of photos from the show at the Dolphin World Resort, which opened in August 2011. For Pattaya Dolphin World discount entry tickets, read this article about how to get discounted tickets to attractions in Pattaya.
IMPORTANT: According to information and reviews on Google Maps, Pattaya Dolphin World is closed permanently. Please check the status before you visit by clicking on the Dolphin World Google Map link.
The dolphinarium at Pattaya Dolphin World has tiered concrete seating, is roofed, sheltered from the sun, and cooled by fans. Commentary during the show is in both Thai and English.
The dolphin show lasts about 1 hour, and food and drink are available on-site. The Pattaya Dolphin World brochure claims many more activities are available on-site, including BB guns, Airsoft guns, a Children’s playground, a Fishing park, and a water park.
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 hour of 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 became 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, and the Crocodile Farm has a crocodile show. And, of course, many cater to the photos with animal obsession.
It is said that the dolphin that played the role of “Flipper” in the popular 1970s T.V. series actually committed suicide because it became so depressed by life in captivity. That’s something to think about!
Dolphin World Admission Prices
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.