Swiss Sheep Farm, Cha-Am

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Swiss Sheep Farm, Cha-Am

Post by Big Boy » Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:04 am

Situated just North of Cha-Am off the South Bound Highway. As you approach the turn off for Cha-Am and Hua Hin it immediately before the PTT gas station. In fact this area is becoming quite a magnet for visiting Bangkokians with 3 ‘photo taking opportunity’ attractions in a very short distance i.e. just North on the same carriageway is Camel Republic (due to open last month – Thai time), and a little further North on the other carriageway is Santorini.
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Roadside sign - Swiss Sheep Farm
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This place is somewhere that I’ve passed many times and have said that I would never cross their threshold. However, when you’ve got 2 granddaughters, never say never.

Admission to this place was 50 Baht for Thais and 80 Baht for Farang – why? Had I been the one buying at the ticket desk, I’d have told them where to stick their Farang ticket because I was really interested in seeing their sheep anyway. How many visiting Farangs need to pay to see a creature that probably outnumbers them in their home country? The cost of admission included a few blades of grass that you could queue up to exchange your ticket for to feed the sheep. Carrots etc. to feed their animals cost extra. (end of rant).

The farm itself was spotlessly clean, and tastefully/spaciously laid out. As I mentioned earlier, there were loads of man-made photo opportunities where Thais could stick 2 fingers up, or point at. There was usually a queue to take photos.
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The farm itself was spotlessly clean, and tastefully/spaciously laid out.
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Photo opportunities
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Photo opportunities
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Photo opportunities
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The first attraction was the sheep. These animals were kept in the only enclosure totally devoid of grass (OK, they’d probably eaten it, but isn’t the first rule of keeping any animal is being able to care properly for them?), which meant they were desperately begging for the few blades included in the admission cost. I split my blades between my granddaughters. Having said that, these animals were in lovely condition, and really soft to touch. I assume the visitor blades of grass were heavily supplemented once the visitors had left.
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The sheep
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The sheep
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The sheep
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Next up was the horse and cart. I asked if my granddaughters wanted to have a ride, and they looked at me with trepidation initially. However, when I’d explained that there would be a driver, they lightened up, and actually enjoyed the experience, which lasted about 5 minutes for a tour of the farm. Cost was 50 Baht each.
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the horse and cart
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There were stables, which as well real horses, they had a couple of miniature breeds as well.
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Rocky, one of the miniature horse breeds
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The whole park seemed to have a ‘Love’ theme going on. I honestly couldn’t say if this was a sponsorship thing with Walls Ice Cream, or if there was some other reason. Whatever, the farm had more than its share of hearts.
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The whole park seemed to have a ‘Love’ theme going on.
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There was a small lake running through the farm, which had been well stocked with Koi Carp (fish food cost 30 Baht). There was a small bridge over the lake, which had 4 wire mesh hearts, one in each corner. Onto these hearts people had been cementing their love for each other by fixing padlocks containing their names – this got me thinking. I didn’t see padlocks on sale at the farm, so people must be paying an extra 50 or 80 Baht to cement their love in this way – bonkers!!
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There was a small lake running through the farm, which had been well stocked with Koi Carp
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There was a small bridge over the lake, which had 4 wire mesh hearts, one in each corner. Onto these hearts people had been cementing their love for each other by fixing padlocks containing their names
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View from the bridge
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The centrepiece of the farm was a giant snowman. Apart from it being a ‘Swiss’ sheep farm, I couldn’t really see any connection with a snowman. There were also a couple bales of hay, coloured white to give the illusion of snow. Despite me not wanting to be there (did I give that impression?) this place was actually well laid out. However, a giant snowman – what was that all about?
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The centrepiece of the farm was a giant snowman.
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Scattered around the farm were some classic cars (it makes you feel old when you can remember these vehicles as modern). Again, these were quite tastefully situated, and provided photo opportunities.
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classic cars
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classic cars
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There was a Transformers exhibit. I was a bit confused as to the relevance, but these were a popular photo opportunity.
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Transformers exhibit
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In the centre of the farm was a restaurant/bar. We used it for drinks and ice cream and the prices were not rip-off. It was clean, and quite relaxing to just sit there after a busy day.
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In the centre of the farm was a restaurant/bar.
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Finally, have you ever wondered where Father Christmas goes to when he’s not delivering presents? The answer to the secret is revealed. As you exit the farm you have to pass through the Souvenier Shop, which was full of cuddly toys etc. However, the centrepiece of the shop was a giant Christmas Tree and a Santa figure. Was this deliberate? Had they forgotten to take it down? Was it up early for Christmas.
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Every day is Christmas Day at the Swiss Sheep Farm
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full of cuddly toys
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Conclusion: Forget my anti-plastic attraction attitude. It is actually a nice place to take the kids if you’re passing by, and it won’t break the bank. The animals are well cared for, and are very clean. As you’ve probably guessed, it wasn’t my cup of tea, but the kids loved it, and the adult Thais in the party were very impressed. If you’re in the area, it’s worth popping in for a couple of ‘laid back’ hours.

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Re: Swiss Sheep Farm, Cha-Am

Post by Henry 14th » Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:18 am

Had always wondered about this place but as it is way out of town I didn't want to take the risk of disappointment.

Thanks for the heads up, may well take the little one along at some point.

Have you experienced the attraction opposite the road, it looks like a small theme park?


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Re: Swiss Sheep Farm, Cha-Am

Post by Big Boy » Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:34 am

Henry 14th wrote:Have you experienced the attraction opposite the road, it looks like a small theme park?
Yes, reports on Santorini and Camel Republic (when it opens in March :? :shock: ) will follow shortly.
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Re: Swiss Sheep Farm, Cha-Am

Post by Terry » Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:02 am

Whilst in this area with BB - thanks for the reports - Does anybody know what the other 'attraction' on the same side of the road as the Sheep Farm and Camel Republic is?

It seems to be constructed of old 40' shipping containers now being assembled into little groups and being painted all sorts of bright colours.

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Re: Swiss Sheep Farm, Cha-Am

Post by Nereus » Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:06 am

They may well be taking care of the sheep, but there is at least one young idiot there that is damn lucky he did not get my walking stick wrapped around his head.

One of the horses used for riding would not do as he demanded, mainly because of the way he was going about it. He then wacked it over the head with loose end of the reins!
These are horses that are used for taking little kids for a lead ride, but if he was to do that while a kid was on board there is a good chance the horse would bolt.

The horse that was harnessed to the cart was a complete rogue, probably as a result of mistreatment. It was laying its ears back, a sure sign of bad intentions, and as I spoke to it the damn thing reached out and tried to bite me! The horse was tied up where they load the cart, but there was nothing to stop a little kid going up to it, or worse, getting too close to its back legs. One kick from a horse like that and a little kid would likely be killed.

The other "Thai thing" that got up my nose was the 110 db loud speaker outside the Alpaca shed, repeating the same crap over and over ad nauseam! As I had to wait for my Granddaughter there was no getting away from it. :banghead:

(Big Boy: is this true, or are you really a Taffy in disgiuse? I was really interested in seeing their sheep )
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Re: Swiss Sheep Farm, Cha-Am

Post by Big Boy » Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:47 am

Does anybody know what the other 'attraction' on the same side of the road as the Sheep Farm and Camel Republic is?
No, but I've been watching with interest also. I'm up that way again on 1 May, I'll see if I can find out, in nobody tells us sooner.

Nereus, the day we were there, the only horse action was the horse and cart, so I can't comment on the horses' treatment. The only other horse anybody could get close to was Rocky, and he seemed docile, although I did wonder about the small pen he was held in.
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Re: Swiss Sheep Farm, Cha-Am

Post by Frank La Rue » Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:32 pm

We went there last August with wife's sister and kids during our annual stay at Metawalai hotel. I was slightly bemused even before we entered as I could not see the connection betweeh sheep, love hearts, the windmill and Switzerland, I mean how any and all of this themes are connected. When you throw in the VW buss, the Mini Morris and the Chrstmas three it gets even more random :?

However, my son rode on one of the small ponnies and enjoyed it, as BB says the restaurant offers a shadowy rest and overall the kids were exited about feeding the sheep.

As long as the kids enjoy I found that the overall disconnect of the theme(s) from an adult farang persective can be ignored. It is a place to take the kids in the area on a day out.

We also visited Santorini Park on the day after - towards late afternoon - so when we sat in the big Paris Wheel we got an awesome view of the lights from all properties between Cha Am and Hua Hin and beyond at dusk with the sun setting in the background. That was very enjoyable and I'll do it again.
On the way back to the hotel we stopped at a restaurant which I would recommend, it is somewhere between the road junction and the beach, I think not so far from the Hospital. It is quite large with seating both indoor and out door and there was a live band when we were there.

It actually makes for a good afternoon/evening out if you visit one or more of the attrations discussed in this thread and go to this restaurant afterwords.

I will check with wife's sister when she is with us on Tuesday and update this post with its name and or whereabouts. It may allready be well known to those allready living in HH/Cha Am
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Re: Swiss Sheep Farm, Cha-Am

Post by Big Boy » Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:36 pm

I think the only connection is photo opportunities, of which there are many.
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Re: Swiss Sheep Farm, Cha-Am

Post by Frank La Rue » Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:55 pm

Big Boy wrote:I think the only connection is photo opportunities, of which there are many.

.......as you said, photo opportunities for week-enders from Bangkok 8)
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Post by Big Boy » Sat Apr 12, 2014 2:02 pm

It must be a successful business model - 2 years on, and going strong.
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Post by buksida » Sat Apr 12, 2014 6:46 pm

Dual pricing discussion has been split from this topic and moved here: viewtopic.php?f=19&t=26554
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