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Monster World in Pattaya Thailand

Updated on June 11, 2011

Monster World

Monster World Pattaya is located on a complex at Chang Siam. This is a 200 Baht Motorcycle Taxi ride from central Pattaya. It is easy enough to find being located only a short distance outside of Pattaya, Chonburi, Thailand on the Pattaya to Rayong road.

The Chang Siam (which means Elephant 'Thailand') complex has a number of independently priced activities. These include Snake Show, Monkey Show, Elephant Trekking, Crocodile Feeding, Shark Hunting, Fish Spa and more.

I had visited 'Monster World' once before about two years ago. At that time it was located on Sukhumvit Highway and an easy walk from Central Pattaya. It then disappeared off the scene. This visit showed that the whole set up had been more or less picked up and plonked down in this new location.

Entrance to Monster World

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So is there anything 'Monster' about Monster World? I suppose it really depends on how you look at it. There are hairless dogs, cats, rats and guinea pigs and naked neck chickens too. There are albino (though some are just white) crocodiles, frogs, turtles, crows, pythons, cobras, rhea, peafowl, cats and more. Or perhaps the monster is the two headed, four legged single bodied Trionyx turtle.

Monster is really just a name, a theme and probably in Thai it probably means something like 'freak'. Such terminology is not that unusual and I recollect Associated Pleasure Park's 'Devil Zoo' in Hastings or some such place back in the early 70's. Thinking about it theming around other white things like White Tigers or White Lions is not so very different and they call themselves breeding centres or conservation centres. At the end of the day it is just a name and if there are wild animals in captivity then it is a zoo! I would be willing to put money on it that if some unfortunate tigress were to give birth to a bald cub that some half wit would make supreme efforts to rear and breed from it.

Inside Monster World

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Not Cheap

Monster World is not cheap. It costs 300 Thai Baht for an adult.

The visitor enters a maze of tanked corridors. There are 98 tanks in all of various sizes. About 20 of these have labels. Quite informative labels in English Thai and Chinese. They include that all important scientific name. They are sadly mis-spelt and incorrect in parts. About eight tanks were empty...well I could not see anything and that leaves 60 tanks with no signs at all. So education value? One!

The tanks themselves were clean and had water. Decoration was at a minimum with a few plastic plants, a twig or two and sand or gravel. That said this was better than many places I have visited. Enrichment? they have obviously never heard of it.

Moving out from the corridors one enters a yard area where there are big turtles and tortoises, a potbelly big, the Rhea, Dog and Cats and more.

Skinny Pig

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At least the birds had somewhere to perch. It is surprising how often this basic necessity is missed out. As an environment for birds though I thought it was pretty horrible.

The fish were not much better off  as their tanks were just that...a glass box full of water. A simply boring existence.

It was here in the Monster that I saw my first Skinny Pig some two years ago. It is still here if it is the same animal. I feel sure the white crow was the same so who knows. The 'Monster' two headed turtle was different though. This was a different species. Personally I would have euthanased the unfortunate creature (s). I would question the reasons for any zoo keeping such things. How does it contribute? Much kinder to have it preserved.

Hairless Rats

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Conservation

The Monster Zoo is a purely exploitative operation and does nothing at all for conservation. It is interesting, or it is interesting for people like me, in spite of the fact that there really is nothing to write home about.

There were three species of Palm Civet in totally inadequate cages as is so often in Asian zoos. Here though the inadequacy was better than most and many palm civets would look on the accommodation here as heaven.

There is much that could be done here to improve many aspects of the operation with little effort or expense but I doubt there is any interest or it would have been done already.

White Trionyx

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Return

Now I have found the place again I will probably return but likely not for another couple of years. 

Covered Yard Area

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    Jeff 

    8 years ago

    Great

    I never to see that - -* Monster???

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    Peter Dickinson 

    9 years ago from South East Asia

    Depends really where you buy the mangosteens and the time of the year. In my little corner of the world we purchase from pickups which drive the streets shouting their wares. 20 or 30 Baht a kilo at times. I think I recollect 10 Baht once over. They tend to be a bit smaller and not as 'polished' as those in the tourist locations. Also they nearly always have a population of ants living on them.

    Zoos are an emotive subject. I have seen some horrors. They are though my life. I teach, I criticise and try and change and sometimes do. I like good zoos. They are a necessity.

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    dohn121 

    9 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

    If I had it my way, I'd let out all animals of just about every zoo. I'm just crazy enough to try it! I really don't like animals being mistreated and out of their natural habitats. Imagine being in prison and having weird looking creatures coming in and looking at you! Exactly. Thanks Peter. How many mangosteens does 300 Baht buy you in Thailand?

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    Peter Dickinson 

    9 years ago from South East Asia

    Thanks Sarah

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    sarahtrudeau 

    9 years ago from India

    Oh my god, I love your pictures! And...

    "They are sadly mis-spelt and incorrect in parts."

    So Thai. So Asian. I love the signs and the spellings in this part of the world ;) Thanks for sharing, Peter!!!

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