Ripley’s Believe It or Not! exhibits a collection of weird, amazing, strange and surprising things from across the world.
Amazing, odd & weird items on display
Hundreds of oddities are on display, each with a label in English and Thai. Some items are originals, others are replicas. Several displays are interactive like a scale you can stand on to check your weight on the moon.
The man of chains
The man of chains was a Pakistani man who wore 670 pounds of chains for over 13 years as a self imposed punishment. You can see a lifelike model of him behind bars wearing the heavy chains.
The half ton man weighing 485 kilos
Robert Earl Hughes was the world’s heaviest man, also known as “The half ton man”. When he died at the age of 32 he weighed 1,069 pounds (485 kilos) and had a chest width of 3.15 meters.
The world’s greatest glutton
Vitellius, emperor of the Roman empire was known for his excessive eating. He was a fat glutton who spent huge amounts of money on rare food. Vitellius frequently at more than 1,000 oysters in one day. As according to a prophecy he would rule longer if he outlived his mother, he starved her to death. Unfortunately for Vitellius the prophecy did not work, he ruled for only 8 months.
The tallest man that ever lived and the 17 inch man
Robert Wadlow was the tallest man that ever lived at 2.72 meters tall. He continued growing until his death at age 22.
Next to the tallest man locked up in a small cage is Alypius, a dwarf from ancient Egypt measuring just 17 inches tall (43 centimeters). According to legend he was imprisoned in a bird cage for treason.
Cannibal skulls and shrunken heads
A section of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is dedicated to the Indian tribes of the Americas. One of the items on display is a real Asmat cannibal skull. The Asmat people from New Guinea were head hunters who wore the skulls of their enemies as trophies.
Another interesting item is a shrunken head reduced to the size of a fist. The Jivaro Indians who live in the jungles of Ecuador were known for their head hunting and shrinking of human heads of their enemies which they wore as trophies.
The Okipa ceremony
Next is a representation of the Okipa ceremony as it was performed by the Mandan Indians of North America. The Okipa was a religious ceremony for men to prove their strength and gain the approval of the spirits. Warriors would hang down from the ceiling by skewers put into the chest and shoulders. Heavy buffalo skulls were tied to their legs to increase the weight.
The pilot who was stuck in the trees for 12 days
Walking over a jungle bridge you can see an old airplane crashed into the jungle, the pilot suspended in the trees still wearing his parachute. The English pilot crashed the DC-3 plane into the jungles of Sumatra. His parachute got stuck in the trees. Unable to free himself he was suspended in the trees for 12 days and survived on fruit brought to him by a monkey.
Hundreds more odd, weird and interesting items are on display including torture devices in action used by pirates, a man who survived being impaled by a pipe nearly missing his heart, the fur covered trout from Lake Superior in Canada, a two headed calf, a man lying on a bed of nails, a large scale model of the Titanic made out of over one million matchsticks and a wooden model of a 1937 Jaguar that is not a car but a boat.
Location and how to get there
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is located in the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! World of Entertainment complex on the top floor of the Royal Garden Plaza Mall on Beach road between Pattaya Soi 13/2 and Pattaya Soi 13/3 in Central Pattaya.
The museum opens daily from 11 am until 11 pm.
Tickets at the counter are priced at 500 Thai Baht per person.