Siam Ocean World + Madame Tussauds
Prior to our trip we had already booked our tickets for these two attractions online. Initially, I planned on seeing Siam Ocean World only but when I found out that Bangkok has Madame Tussauds too, we bought packaged tickets for these two attractions which costs lesser than buying them separately. The ticket for these two attractions costs THB 1,360.00 for tourists.
After we had visited the Grand Palace complex, we rode a tuk tuk going to Siam Paragon, where the Siam Ocean World is.
Since it was already past 12:00 PM when we arrived in the area, we took our lunch first at KFC before heading to the actual theme park.
Siam Ocean World
This attractions is said to be the largest aquarium in Southeast Asia that spreads across an area of 10,000 square meters.
It occupies two floors in the basement of Siam Paragon, a shopping mall in Bangkok.
We were greeted by different sea creatures when we entered the ocean world.
The indoor theme park is divided into seven zones which each of them are individually designed. These zones are themed as follows: Weird and Wonderful, Deep Reef, Living Ocean, Rainforest, Rocky Shore, Open Ocean, and Sea Jellies
Seeing the world underwater has been made easier by Siam Ocean World. You don’t have to dive or snorkel for you to see the living creatures of the underwater. They really look fascinating but I think it is still better seeing such in their being.
Since this exhibit displays the ocean world, sharks can be found in the area.
In fact, one can go for a shark dive here. Would you dare to dive with one of natures’ deadliest predators?
The hell no! I ain’t that brave yet to dive with those deadly species, I have no insurance yet. Thanks to those safety shields or windows or whatever you call it, I was able to see and get closer with them without fear, well just a little. 😀
The indoor park also has its shows during the feeding time of some of those species but too bad we weren’t able to catch those as we have time to follow in our itinerary.
But despite of, we were able to see amazing creatures like penguin, stingray…
…and other species that forgive me that I forgot their names.
The last zone of the exhibit, the sea jellies was too inviting as its interior offers a relaxing view of the sea jellies while you sit or lie down in one of the couches with lights dimmed. Well that area was so perfect for a nap as there were only quite number of visitors then also but too bad we couldn’t stay longer in that area as we have to move on to our next destination. #tired 🙁
Me and my friends definitely enjoyed seeing the colorful world of the ocean and other wildlife. Certainly this place proved to be a very good center not only for amusement but for learning about different species and how to take care of them.
After spending an hour and a half inside the exhibit, we exited the place and moved on to our next destination, Madame Tussauds. We left Siam Paragon and rode the shuttle (just outside the mall) going to Siam Discovery, where the second attraction is.
Madame Tussauds Bangkok
Madame Tussauds is a wax museum originated in London with now branches in a number of major cities around the world including Bangkok. The museum was founded by the wax sculptor Marie Tussaud. It was formerly known as “Madame Tussaud’s”, but it was said that the apostrophe is no longer used.
I learned about the wax museum when me and some of my friends visited Hong Kong but too bad we weren’t able to visit the museum as we were already running out of cash. So when I learned that Bangkok has now its wax museum too, I ensure not to miss the opportunity and had this museum included in our itinerary.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a picture taken with your favorite celebrities even if they’re just wax models? Well they really look as they are. 😀
Now let’s get it started, presenting to you some of the wax figures inside the Madame Tussauds Bangkok.
M.R. Seni Pramoj was the Prime Minister of Thailand for four terms.
Mahatma Gandi was the leader of the nationalist movement against British rule in India.
Lee Hsien Loong was the third and current Prime Minister of Singapore, and the eldest son of Singapore’s first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew
Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad was the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia
General Prem Tinsulanonda was the President of the Privy Council
M.R. Kukrit Pramoj is the thirteenth Prime Minister of Thailand
Dalai Lama was the head of State and the spiritual leader of Tibet, was born Lhamo Dhondrub and renamed Tenzin Gyatso as the 14th Dalai Lama.
Buddhadasa Bhikkhu is a famous and influential ascetic-philosopher of the 20th century
Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States and the first African American to hold the office.
Aung San Suu Kyi was a Burmese opposition politician and chairperson of the National League for Democracy in Burma.
Pornthip Rojanasunand is a Thai forensic pathologist, author, human rights activist, and cancer survivor.
Tata Young is a Thai singer, model, actress and dancer.
Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist.
Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the general theory of relativity, effecting a revolution in physics.
Silpa Bhirasri was an Italian-born sculptor who worked mainly in Thailand. He is considered the father of modern art in Thailand and was instrumental in the founding of today’s Silpakorn University.
Tatchakorn Yeerum, formerly Panom Yeerum, better known in the West as Tony Jaa, in Thailand as Jaa Panom, is a Thai martial artist, physical educator, actor, choreographer, stuntman, director, and spent time as a Buddhist monk.
Now let’s see some of the famous personalities from music and sports.
Well to start it off, here are the king and queens of music.
Madonna is an American singer, songwriter, actress, director, dancer, and entrepreneur.
Michael Jackson was an American recording artist, entertainer and businessman; often referred to as the King of Pop.
Beyoncé is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress.
Love it or hate it, I know you’ll take a picture with him. Justin Bieber is in the house. 😀
Justin Bieber is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician and actor.
Not to miss three of the well-known international sports stars.
Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid and is the captain of the Portuguese national team.
“Tiger” Woods is an American professional golfer whose achievements to date rank him among the most successful golfers of all time.
David Beckham is an English association footballer who plays for Los Angeles Galaxy.
Here are some of the Hollywood stars and celebrities and your favorite character.
Two beautiful ladies welcomed us as we kicked off the celebrity party. 😀
Pancake – Khemanit Jamikorn is the winner of the Thai Supermodel and Model of the World contests in 2004.
Kate Elizabeth Winslet is an English actress. She was the youngest person to accrue six Academy Award nominations, and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Reader.
I couldn’t recognized the guy behind Nicole Kidman, if you do please leave a comment. 😀
Spider-Man is a fictional character, a comic book superhero who appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics.
“Johnny” Depp II is an American actor, film producer, and musician.
And the Oscars goes to….
Tom Cruise is an American film actor and producer. He started his career at age 19 in the 1981 film Taps.
A Hollywood experience wouldn’t be complete if not getting to a celebrity interview with the one and only Oprah.
Oprah Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.
Without doubt, we were entertained with our visit in the wax museum; our photos showed it all.
Kudos to Anna Marie Tussaud who founded the wax museum and bringing the famous personalities closer to the people by creating wax figures and models. I hope they can also bring the same in my home country. 😀
Credit: Facts about the personalities are from Wikipedia and Madame Tussauds.
Siam Ocean World
B1-B2 Floor, Siam Paragon, 991 Rama 1 Road
Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand
Telephone : +66 2687 2000
Madama Tussauds Bangkok
Siam Discovery, 6th Floor,
989 Rama 1 Road,
Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Phone: +66 (0) 2658 0060