30 Best Places to Visit in Thailand with Friends - 2020
Whether it’s a friend’s birthday celebration, a bachelor or bachelorette party, or simply a fun getaway vacation that you and your friends have been planning, there are plenty of places to visit in Thailand that will make your time unforgettable.

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Its thrilling nightlife, captivating beaches, and exciting adventure sports make Thailand a must visit with your friends. There is no other country around the world that offers so much to do.

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From the lively nightclubs, rooftop bars, beach parties, seeing the traditional Muay Thai fights in action, quaint marketplaces, watersports, exotic wildlife, world famous diving sites, magnificent beaches, and Buddhist monasteries, you will see it all on a Thailand trip with friends.

Here is the list of best places to visit in Thailand with friends:

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Phuket

Phuket

This Island is amongst the most popular places to visit in Thailand with friends. Phuket has world-famous nightclubs (Illuzion, Banana), performances by international DJ’s (Bert Bevans Nakadia), cabarets (Simon Cabaret), and Muay Thai fights (Soi Sai Namyen). Visit the nearby islands of Phang Nga and Phi Phi for canoe cruises, and zip lining.

Location: Phuket lies on the west coast of Thailand.

Timings: Most of the places are open from 9:00 pm till 6:00 am.

Price: The average per person spend on a meal is around BAHT 500 (INR 1120)

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Siam Niramit Phuket

Siam Niramit Phuket

Thailand is known for its vibrant culture influenced by ancient mysticism and the exotic landscapes of beaches, tropical rainforests, and wildlife. Thai people love to showcase this through larger than life theatricals. That’s what Siam Niramit is.

It is an extravagant 70-minute performance by over 100 artists that entertains its viewers about the history of Siam. The show uses world-class special effects & lightings to add to the breathtaking set design & dazzling costumes and is definitely amongst the best places to visit in Thailand with friends.

Location: Off the By-pass road between Tesco Lotus Supermarket and the Airport Road junction.

Timings: Buffet dinner: 6:00 pm, Start of the show: 8:30 pm- 9:50 pm. All days except Tuesday.

Price: The price starts from BHT 1700 (INR 3800) for the Silver seat and go up to BHT 1900 (INR 4270) for the Platinum seat.

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Similan Islands

Similan Islands

A visit to the Similan Islands is a must if you are travelling to explore the beauty of a beachfront. They are known for their stark white powdery sands and shimmering green waters (Koh Miang, Koh Similan). Indulge in diving & see the coral reefs (Ko Tachai, Elephant Head Rock), and see the sunset (Sunset Point, Similan Viewpoint). Definitely a must do amongst things to do in Thailand with friends

Location: Similan Islands are located around 84 kilometres away from Phuket.

Timings: October till May is the best time to visit the islands.

Price: It costs around BHT 2600 (INR 6000) to stay for a night in the Similan Island resorts.

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Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi is ‘THE’ bucket list item for travellers, especially after the movie ‘The Beach’. Known for its magnificent beaches, sunset viewpoints, diving & snorkelling spots (Maya Bay, Monkey Beach, Long Beach), Muay Thai fights, fresh seafood (The Mango Garden, Aroy Kaffeine Cafe), parties at the various bars in Tonsai East and Loh Dalum Bay (Sun Flower Beach Bar, Slinky Bar), this is surely amongst the best places to visit in Thailand with friends.

Location: Koh Phi Phi is located around 38 kilometres from Krabi.

Timings: The bars are open from 5:00 pm till 3:00 am.

Price: Food & drinks for two cost around BAHT 1200 (INR 2600).

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Surf House Phuket

Surf House Phuket

This is amongst the most popular places to visit in Thailand with friends especially for all the adrenaline junkies and those to love to spend time in the waters. This unique place has an artificial wave that flows in the form of a high-speed wave up an inclined slope to lift the person riding it and simulates actual surfing minus the risk. The Surf House also has a live bar that serves world-class international and Thai cuisine.

Location: Kata Beach- 4 pakbang Road, T. Karon A Muang, Phuket-83100

Timings: 9:30 am- 12:00 am

Price: 1 hour: BAHT 1000 (INR 2200), 3 hours: BAHT 2000 (INR 4500), Full day: BAHT 6500 (INR 14,500)

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James Bond Island

James Bond Island

Straight out of a movie scene, literally, is James Bond Island and is famous signature limestone rock face. The island is on the bucket list of everybody who visits Thailand. Once you explore the natural caves and cruise on a long tail around the island, you can indulge in some fantastic food by the beach (Tasai Seafood, Baan, The Good View Koh Yao Noi)

Location: The Island is located off Phang Nga Bay.

Timings: The restaurants are open from 7:00 pm- 1:00 am.

Price: A meal for two will cost around BAHT 350 (INR 780)

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Phuket Fantasea

Phuket Fantasea

Phuket Fantasea is everything that fantasies are made of. It is a world famous cultural theme park that offers a slice of Thai life and features extravagant carnival performances, parades, and street theatres. The glitter and sparkle of costumes, masks, and props used by over 300 performing artists is a beautiful spectacle.

Location: Kamala Beach

Timings: 5:00 pm- 11:30 pm, except Thursdays. The show starts at 8:30 pm.

Price: BAHT 1800 (INR 4000) for the show. BAHT 2200 (INR 5000) for adults and BAHT 2000 (INR 4500) for children (4-12 years) for the show and dinner.

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Krabi

Krabi

Krabi known for some of the most striking beaches enveloped in cliffs and mystical caves (Railay Beach, Phi Phi), waters of never-seen-before emerald colors, wildlife, thick tropical forests (Thung Teao Forest Natural Park), and even a shell cemetery with some of the fossilised shells being 40 million years old.

The night scene in Krabi is vibrant and relaxed. There are amazing nightclubs known for their live music (Boogie Bar, Amy’s Bar), Fire shows (Carlito’s Bar), and amazing beach views (Why Not Bar, Bamboo Bar).

Location: The island is located in the southern part of Thailand between Phang Nga and Trang.

Timings: The bars are open from 5:00 pm till 1:00 am.

Price: A meal for two will cost around BAHT 300 (INR 680)

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Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay is the perfect destination for a Thailand trip with friends who are craving for time away from the crowds. This is the place where you can enjoy good food, drinks & great music (Khao Lak, Khuk Khak, Bang Niang). Phang Nga has a breathtaking landscape that features striking limestone formations (James Bond Island) and mystical caves (Phang Nga National park).

Location: The Bay is located in Phang Nga District.

Timings: The clubs are open from around 7:00 pm till 2:00 am.

Price: Drinks and meal for two people cost around BAHT 300 (INR 670).

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Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai’s nightlife is popular for its eclectic revelry. From outdoor beer gardens (Zoe in Yellow), world famous girl bands (Itchy Band at We didn’t land on the moon), rooftop bars (CNX Rooftop Bar, THC Rooftop Bar), bars with amazing views (The Riverside, Bus Bar, The Good View) to the Go-Go bars (FoxyLady), Chiang Mai has it all.

The city offers some of the best Thai massages (Nimman House, Oasis Spa) and bungee jumping (Grand Canyon). It’s a must visit on a Thailand trip with friends.

Location: Chiang Mai is located in the Mueang Chiang Mai District.

Timings: The clubs are open from 7:00 pm till 2:00 am.

Price: Food and drinks for two cost around BHT 300 (INR 670)

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Pattaya

Pattaya

Pattaya is one of the most loved places to visit in Thailand with friends. Come sunset and this place converts into a spirited party destination. It is dotted with hundreds of bars & beach facing cafes (Lucifer, Insomnia), cabaret shows (Tiffany’s), and eating joints (Caprice, The Bistro). For people interested in adventure sports, there is human slingshot and skydiving.

Location: Pattaya is located around 100 kilometres from Bangkok.

Timings: The nightclubs are open from 9:00 pm till 5:00 am

Price: A nightclub jaunt at Pattaya will cost you around BHT 400 (INR 900) per person for drinks & food. The adventure sports generally cost around BHT 10,500 (INR 23,000)

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Art In Paradise

Art In Paradise

Art in Paradise is one of a kind gallery where you will see immersive and interactive 3- dimensional pieces of stunning art. The artworks are created right onto the walls and leave the viewers gasping and even laughing out loud at the quirkiness. The gallery is divided into thematic halls like Wildlife Hall, Dinosaur Hall, and Underwater World Hall. This is one of the best places to visit in Thailand with friends.

Location: 9 78/34 Pattayasaisong Rd, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand

Bangkok: Esplanade Shopping Mall, 4th Floor, Ratchadapisek Road, Din Daeng, Bangkok- 10400

Timings: 9:00 am till 9:00 pm.

Price: The admission price is BAHT 400 (INR 900)

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Underwater World Pattaya

Underwater World Pattaya

This aquarium, the largest in Asia, features a 100-metre long glass tunnel that gives an experience of ‘walking’ underwater to let one see exotic species of turtles, corals, and fish animals closely. 

Here you will see varieties of starfish, archerfish, sea cucumbers, green sea turtles, corals, fat-nurse sharks, etc. There are facilities to dive, swim and feed the fish as well. Underwater World even houses an artificial shipwreck.

Location: 22/22 Moo 11, Sukhumvit Road, Pattaya.

Timings: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm.

Price: The entrance fee for adults is BHT 500 (INR 1100), Children BHT 300 (INR 670). Diving & Snorkelling: 30 minutes snorkelling- BHT 1,500 (INR 3300), 30 minutes dive BHT 3000 (INR 6700), and 60 minutes dive BHT 3500 (INR 7800)

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Railay Beach

Railay Beach

Railay Beach has all that people visit Thailand for- its calm and relaxed environs, panoramic landscapes, and of course the exhilarating nightlife. Divided into the calmer and relaxed East Railay and the raucous West Railay that is famous for its full moon, half moon, and black moon parties. It is also known for fire dancing and beachside bars (Bamboo Bar, Flame Tree Restaurant).

Location: The beach is located in Krabi.

Timings: The bars are open from 8:00 pm till 2:00 am.

Price: The average price for a meal is BHT 200 (INR 450).

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Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai

Known as the ‘Art Capital’ of Thailand, Chiang Rai is a laid back place as compared to the other bustling cities. Here you will find places where you can have a relaxed drink (Bar Lamayi, Cat Bar), visit the Night Bazar to eat delicious Thai food or for a more quirky experience, visit the Go-Go bars (Punyodaya Road). Exploring the wilderness of this mountainous place is amongst the most exciting things to do in Thailand with friends.

Location: Chiang Rai is located in Mueang Chiang Rai District.

Timings: The bars are open from 7:00 pm till 1:00 am.

Price: Meal for two costs around BHT 500 (INR1100)

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Dream World Theme Park

Dream World Theme Park

This is where your superheroes and childhood fantasies come to life! The park has major attractions like 4 Dimensional cinemas, cable car rides, Photopia that makes magical creatures appear right before you, Animal farm with mini pigs, horses & goats, and rides like Speedy Mouse & Flying Fish, etc. It is definitely amongst the best places to visit in Thailand with friends

Location: 62 Moo 1, Rangsit Ongkharak road, Thanyaburi, Pathumthani- 12130.

Timings: Weekdays- 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, Weekends- 10:00 am- 7:00 pm

Price: The ticket prices start from BHT 700 (INR 1600).

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MAX Muay Thai Pattaya

MAX Muay Thai Pattaya

Muay Thai, a traditional Thai boxing sport, is known for its litheness, quick decision-making, and aggression. The MAX Muay Thai stadium is the only professional stadium in Thailand that hosts these matches amongst thousands of spectators cheering for their favourite boxer in an electrifying environment.

Location: 42/108 Sukhumvit Road, Moo 9, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chon Buri- 20150

Timings: Monday- Thursday: 6.25 pm- 8: 30 pm (7 matches), Friday: 6:10 pm (7 matches), Saturday- Sunday: 6:25 pm (7 matches)

Price: Ticket prices range from BHT 900 (INR 2000) to BHT 2000 (INR 4500) depending on the opted seats, hotel transfer, and food.

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Koh Samui

Koh Samui

If you and your friends love a good party scene, Koh Samui is the best place for you to be in. You are sure to be spoiled for choice with the options of legendary parties and bars  (Ark Bar, Zico’s, Soi Green Mango), nightclubs, and Go-Go bars (Paris Follies Cabaret) that are majorly concentrated in Chaweng Beach. Koh Samui has its own version of Full Moon Party with international DJ’s (Timo Maas, Judge Jules).

Location: Koh Samui, Surat Thani- 84320

Timings: 9:00 pm till 3:00 am

Price: Meal and drinks for two people cost around BAHT 500 (INR 1100).

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Chao Phraya Cruise Bangkok

Chao Phraya Cruise Bangkok

Bangkok is dotted with magnificent architectural landmarks. These marvels, when viewed while cruising on the calm waters of the Chao Phraya River, give a completely different perspective.

The Chao Phraya dinner cruise lets you explore the Royal Barges National Museum, Phra Sumen Fort, Wat Rakang Kositaram, Rama Bridge, Wat Phra Kaew, and Wat Arun, Wat Kalayanamitr. This is one of the most exciting things to do in Thailand with friends

Location: Registration counter: River City Pier, 1 River City Bangkok, Charoenkrung Soi 30 Charoenkrung Road.

Timings: 7:00 pm till 9:00 pm.

Price: Baht 990 (INR 2220)

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Koh Lanta

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Koh Lanta

Koh Lanta is not a boisterous party destination, but is an entertaining place where you can party at your own pace. You can visit some of the popular bars that are concentrated at the Long Beach (Cheeky Monkey Bar, The Galaxy Bar, Kandi Lounge), Klong Klong (Cloud 9, Mushroom Bar).

Location: The Island is located off the coast of Krabi.

Timings: The bars are open from 12:00 pm- 12:00 am.

Price: Cost of a meal for two is around BAHT 600 (INR1400).

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Koh Loy Park

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Koh Loy Park

This is the perfect place to visit after party hopping when you want to just take it easy and spend quality time relaxing with your friends. This tiny island is a charming place with vantage points that let you absorb the beautiful landscapes. There is a turtle pond, a lush park, and the Sri Racha temple.

Location: Sri Racha District, Chonburi- 20110

Timings: 7:00 am- 8:00 pm.

Price: There is no entry fee.

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Koh Kood

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Koh Kood

The nightlife at Koh Kood is concentrated at Klong Chao and is quieter as compared to the other party destinations. Here, you can enjoy live music bands (Jah Thoom, Fisherman Hut). The place also has some great diving & snorkelling spots (Koh Chang), waterfalls (Klong Chao, Klong Yai Kee), and fantastic restaurants to enjoy Italian food (Pizza & Pasta).

Location: The Island is located at Ko Kut District, Trat.

Timings: The bars are open from 7:00 pm till 12:00 am.

Price: A meal for two will cost around BHT 200 (INR 450)

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Koh Tao

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Koh Tao

A Thailand trip with friends is not complete without indulging in watersports. Koh Tao is where you can scuba dive, go snorkelling with reef sharks (Turtle Island), play beachside golf, and explore the island on a motorbike. The island is famous for its pub-crawl, bar hopping, poolside parties, and cabaret shows (Choppers Bar).

Location: Koh Tao lies in the Koh Pha Nga District, Surat Thani.

Timings: The pubs are open from 6 pm till 6 am.

Price: The cost of watersports is BAHT 500 (INR 1100). Pub-crawl costs around BAHT 400 (INR 900).

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Pattaya Walking Street

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Pattaya Walking Street

Pattaya Walking Street is where all the action takes place and is amongst the most popular places to visit in Thailand with friends. This one-kilometre long road is extravagant and dazzles with people, food, live music, psychedelic colors and is definitely the highlight of a Thailand trip with friends.

You can see the extravagant Tiffany’s and Alacazar Cabaret shows and visit some of the best bars on the island (Abbe’s Bar, Hot Tuna Bar, Ice Bar V20), clubs with live music (Raas Club, Club Insomnia, Lucifer Disco), and the Go-Go Bars (Sugar Baby Agogo Bar, Baccara A Go Go).

Location: Pattaya Walking Street extends from Beach Road till Bali Hai Plaza.

Timings: 6:00 pm till 3:00 am

Price: The SKY Rocket Ride costs around BAHT 500 (INR1120), The Cabaret shows cost around BAHT 1200 (INR 2600)

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Haad Rin Beach

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Haad Rin Beach

Haad Rin Beach is known for the world over for the electrifying Full Moon Party that is held once every month with over 30,000 people partying together. Other interesting things to do in Thailand with friends at Haad Rin are to see the glorious sunset (Sunrise Beach, Sunset Beach), indulge in delicious Thai food (Haad Yuan Beach), and watch the night fire shows.

Location: Haad Rin Beach is located on Koh Phangan island.

Timings: The bars are open from 6:00 pm till 5:00 am.

Price: The entrance fee for the Full Moon party is BAHT 100 (INR 220).

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Full Moon Party, Koh Phangan

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Full Moon Party, Koh Phangan

This is what gets thousands of people from around the world to Thailand! Imagine a dance floor on the beach, dancing & music under the moonlit beach, fragrance of the ocean and people streaked with psychedelic colors & art. The Full Moon Party has plenty of alcohol, music, fire shows, international DJ’s, and infectious energy all night long.

Location: The Full Moon Party is held on Haad Rin Beach.

Timings: Held on the full moon night each month, the party starts in the evening at around 10 pm and goes on till afternoon the next day.

Price: The entrance fee for the party is BAHT 100 (INR 220).

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Erawan National Park

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Erawan National Park

Erawan National Park is a must on the list of places to visit in Thailand with friends for those who want to experience its famous rugged wilderness. There is a whopping seven-tiered 1500 metre waterfall surrounded by lush tropical rainforests at the park.

The waterfall makes seven pools of emerald green water open for swimming. You can also explore the hidden caves (Phra That Cave, Wang Badan Cave) & trails (Khao Hin Lan Pee).

Location: Tha Kradan, Si Sawat District, Kanchanaburi- 71250.

Timings: 7:00 am till 4:30 pm

Price: The entrance fee is BHT 300 (INR 670). There is a charge of BHT 20 (INR 45) for renting a motorbike.

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Koh Muk

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Koh Muk

Koh Muk is a little piece of paradise known for its striking landscape and relaxed vibes. It has resorts built right into the waters where you can indulge in Thai seafood (Dada restaurant). It is a great place to go long tail cruising, snorkelling (Farang Beach), and cave exploring (Emerald Cave), and for a chilled bear (Bar William).

Location: The Island is located at Ko Libong, Kantang District, Trang.

Prices: The resort prices per person per day range from BHT 270 (INR 1300) to BHT 2600 (INR 6000)

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Khao Lak

Khao Lak

This charming island is a must visit after you have partied all night for unwinding. Here you will find travellers from around the world listening to live music and enjoying varieties of cocktails available (The Monkey Bar, Ayisha Fine Art Fine Wine). You can take a jungle safari (Khao Lak Park), visit the local market (Bang Niang Market), and surf at the beach as well.

Location: The Island is an hour’s drive away from Phuket.

Timings:  The bars remain open from 8:00 pm till 2:00 am.

Price: Drinks for two cost around BAHT 180 (INR 400)

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Koh Chang Island

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Koh Chang Island

Koh Chang is a great place for friends who want to party together but in a calmer place without the raucousness. Most of the bars and nightclubs are around White Sand Beach, Lonely Beach, and the Kai Bae Beach. You can enjoy a football game on a big screen with a beer (Morgan’s, Sabay Bar), sports bars (The White Elephant, Paddy’s Palms), and hear the live DJ’s.

Location: Koh Chang District, Trat.

Timings: The bars are open from 9:00 pm till 1:00 am.

Price: Drinks and food for two costs around BHT 400 (INR 900)

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The best experience of sea life till date. It overseeded my previous experience at underwater world pattaya. Getting tickets was hassle free - just show the QR code and get your ticket from Information Desk. Best feeding shows observed here. The sea otter feeding show was specially enjoyable with the otters asking for more food by shaking their hands above their chests. Next the penguin show, diver show, sea life 3D show, shark feeding show, etc. were awesome. You can chill around as it is cool inside with cafeteria everywhere. Those sharks in giant aquariums really amazed me and they are living in harmony with other fishes for the past 10 years (as learnt). The ambience was great with dim lights everywhere. A great place for kids to enjoy. There were numerous fishes as well, including the famous Giant of Siam - an Amazon fish.
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Best jungle tour ever! Safari world is great where you can observe wildlife closely that includes birds, giraffes, rhinos, etc. The main attractions are tiger feeding and lion feeding inside safari world (which we were lucky to see) where a woman in the rear of the car inside a cage feeds the tigers and the lions from inside. As learnt only she can come near to them as they know her scent. It was nearly a half an hour tour through the jungle life and it was a thrilling experience. The Marine park was also great with many human and animal shows such as Orangutan show, Cowboy stunt show, Spy war, Bird show, etc. and the notable Dolphin show which was best among all. Guys please do not miss this show. The international buffet was also great with varieties of dishes though you can try out Indian buffet as well. Thanks to thrillophilia for making this trip memorable.
This was a great experience and I found the cheapest ticket on Thrillophilia. There was no admission issue. When showing the voucher printout at ticket window, we found that they already had a list of online bookings and they verified our names against it and let us enter. The ocean tunnel was great - we saw sharks, sting rays, large fishes and "giant of siam" - huge fishes bigger than humans. the feeding shows were awesome! the sting rays were cute and the diver hugged them and fed them small shrimps. The fishes were fighting for the bread crumbs and small fishes that the diver was feeding. It was worth visiting and truly a memorable experience. It may not be as big as the Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World in Bangkok but the price is really very cheaper than it. A must visit for anyone visiting Pattaya.
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Great experience, trainer was good, carry swim suits. Water wasn't too clean. Pick up was late, I was initially scheduled to morning but the driver didn't show up and had to move to evening but was worth it. If it's your first time - I would recommend it.
15 February 2020
Excellent
Not many choose this tour but it's one of the best if you are interested in history. The guide spoke English, food was great . Pick up was done on time however it was a bit early, we got picked up at 6.30AM from hotel. Buddha head in tree is a must-see place.
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Best experience ever. The shows were awesome and you get to feed animals. The pick up was on-time and food was good. Recommended place for kids and adults. Don't miss it if you are in Bangkok.
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