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Ripleys’s Believe it or Not & Joe Louis Puppet Theater

From the Ultimate Thailand Explorers Pattaya Blog [originally published 4 January 2010].

Writing about Ripley’s Believe it or Not was an exercise in marketing. While their museums are engaging and appealing to many, after too many “fun facts” I grow tired. Nonetheless, our assignment was to promote them so Brian and I made an effort to make our visit look fun.

On the other hand, the Joe Louis Puppet Theater was an impromptu stop that was a delightful surprise. I’d recommend it for an evening activity.

Enjoy your weekend!


Hey Explorers,

When night falls, Pattaya takes on a new vibe with outdoor shops, food stalls and entertainment abound. Today’s post covers two experiences you may enjoy if clubs and bars are not your scene.

Ripley’s Believe it or Not

While Ripley’s Believe it or Not is open both day and night, you may want to save this for the evening since it’s open late. Situated around the globe, Ripley’s Believe it or Not brings it’s world-renowned entertainment of the amusing, curious and strange to Pattaya through interactive exhibits, films and displays. Here’s a YouTube video with some silly antics we did while in the museum.

|Know Before You Go – Ripley’s Believe it or Not|

Appeals To: Families with children. It’s also a great rainy day activity
Suggested Stay: 1 Hour (maybe a bit more if you like to read every plaque)
Cost: 480 Baht ($14.50)
Getting There: In the heart of downtown on Pattaya’s 2nd road. Look for the red plane that crashed into the side of the building. It’s located in a shopping center.
Don’t Miss: This is one museum where photographs and video are allowed! Have some fun.
Visit Online: | web |
BTW: Ripley’s offers packages for multiple attractions including a Haunted House, Infinity Maze, Wax Museum and Movie Theater. Inquire with the ticket office for details on saving on all 5 attractions and be sure you budget enough time to see it all.


Joe Louis Puppet Theater

Just a quick walk from Ripley’s Believe it or Not is another, unique, entertainment experience: the Joe Louis Puppet Theater. This was a last-minute addition to our itinerary at the suggestion of the Mayor of Pattaya. And a great suggestion it was!

But…where to put it? The only option was during our final night in Pattaya – which was crammed with last minute things to do: we had dinner at Kum Phun Pub (more to come on that later), playtime at Ripley’s Believe it or Not, shopping for gifts and an evening stroll through the city to say farewell.

We were so glad we had the opportunity to experience the Joe Louis Puppet Theater, but our research isn’t complete. There just wasn’t enough time to bring the full experience to you. Originally in Bangkok, the theater company has now expanded to Pattaya with it’s trademark puppet theater.

Thai Puppetry is a dwindling art form that founder, Lhiew Yangkhieosot, revived many years ago. Through his initial work, and the continuation by his family, Thai puppetry is now a thriving art form at venues such as the Joe Louis Puppet Theater.

There are, to our best guess, two performance options: an indoor theater and an outdoor theater. We only had time to see the the outdoor show, but it was just great. The three of us (our Liaison Mill joined us) grabbed a table, had a drink and relaxed under the stars to the sights and sounds of the Thai cultural dancers; We missed the puppet show which was held earlier in the evening.

We’d love to know more about the indoor show. Have any of you been? Tell us about it by commenting below.

|Know Before You Go – Joe Louis Puppet Theater|

Appeals To: Everyone
Suggested Stay: Outdoor shows last around 30 minutes, but you could make this a longer event if you eat dinner too. We’re not sure on the indoor show experience.
Cost: Outdoor shows are free, so long as you purchase something to eat or drink.
Getting There: It’s a few steps from Ripley’s Believe it or Not, located just off Pattaya’s 2nd Road. It’s situated a few more steps in the middle of the plaza. Look for the tables and chairs surrounded by bushes.
Don’t Miss: It’s namesake, the puppet show. The calendar outside lists the showtimes for the Thai musicians, dancers and puppets.
Visit Online: | web |
BTW: The name on the building “Joe Louis” is in no relation to the boxer. It came-to-be as Lhiew’s name was often mispronounced as Lou (after the famed athlete).


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