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Siam Ocean World (Bangkok)

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A beautiful attraction in Bangkok, Thailand. There are seven zones within Ocean World to explore and any species to observe.

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      18.02.2013 11:16
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      Good alternative if you are all templed out!

      Siam Ocean World is located in the shopping district of Bangkok on the lower floor of the Siam shopping mall. It's not the cheapest place to get into, especially when you compare it to the prices of other attractions in Bangkok, but it is worth a visit if you have a spare afternoon and you are all templed out. There are various different entry prices depending on what package you want. The price reflects which parts of the attraction you want to see and take part in. You can do things like diving with the sharks in the huge tanks and back room tours. We opted for one of the more basic packages which cost about £20 per person and included entry to the aquarium, a drink and some popcorn, a back room tour, a boat ride and film showing, which we thought was quite good value for money. The aquarium is split into different zones, which makes it easy to explore. When you get your tickets, you get a pretty good map which shows you the zones and the location of the extra features as well as giving details about feeding times in the various areas. The first zone is the Weird and Wonderful, which was pretty funky. It includes giant crabs, obscure looking fish and some really bizarre looking sea worm things. It is a very aptly named zone and is a unusual and interesting introduction to an aquarium. There are lots of big cylindrical tanks in the centre of the room which means that you can see all the way round through the rocks and things. The room is fairly big and the displays aren't too packed in so there is plenty of room to wander around even if it is busy. The tanks all have a few of each creature in so you aren't looking for a needle in a haystack, but they aren't overcrowded either. The Deep Reef zone is exactly that and it is a huge tank that features a massive coral reef. There are chairs in front of the tank which we used to full effect because we were pretty mesmerised. The idea of the tank is that it shows you the different fish and creatures that you'd find at each level in a real reef. There are some pretty huge eels and we were particularly drawn to a massive grumpy looking blue fish. The Living Ocean is where you take a boat trip on a glass bottomed boat which is pretty tame but gives you a good look at the rays and sharks below. There was a queue for this attraction, but there are two boats operating and they hols about eight people each, so it doesn't take too long. You get to wear fetching life jackets too! The Rain Forest zone is a nice one and very well designed. There are lots of huge trees, albeit artificial, and sounds of the rain forest playing which adds to the atmosphere. Many of the tanks contain huge toads and poisonous frogs. The exhibits here are all freshwater creatures and there are some pretty obscure ones. My absolute favourite was the random spread eagled black frog that seemed to be suspended in the water! The Rocky Shore was one of my favourites because this is where the penguins are. Again there is a seating area in front of the huge tank and it is a great place to sit and watch the funny little penguins going about their business. There is also a little area where there are crabs and star fish that you can touch, which is fun if you have the nerve. Next is the Open Ocean, which is apparently Asia's largest panoramic oceanarium. Here there is a fairly impressive selection of sharks and rays of all sizes and it is lined with box seats so you can have a sit down and really feel like you are lost in the ocean. The last zone is 'Jellies'. I am seriously afraid of jellyfish so this really wasn't my favourite part at all. Aside from that, I didn't really get this zone because it is supposed to be a 'theatrical display of light and musical symphony' but I thought it fell a bit flat to be honest. There was a huge squashy sofa in the middle of the LED lit room and you are supposed to sit and feel at peace. This was my least favourite part of the aquarium and not just because I don't like jelly fish! Overall I thought the aquarium was very good. It is well maintained and there are lots of informative displays. It is well designed and a lot of fun for adults and children alike and, even though it is quite expensive, I would say it is worth the money.

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      12.02.2013 20:46
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      Siam Ocean World

      When I visited Thailand a few years ago, I made it my mission (as always do when I am on holiday) to visit as many animal related attraction as possible. One of these attractions was the Siam Ocean World. Location The Siam Ocean World is located on the first and second floors of the Siam Paragon Shopping centre which is pretty much in the middle of the City of Bangkok. Siam Ocean World The entrance consists of the ticket booths where visitors can purchase their tickets. The tickets vary in price depending on what you want to see when you get in. WE decided we wanted to see the 4D Theatre, the Glass Bottom Boat and the Aquariums. For this ticket we paid £8 which we thought was reasonable. Just inside the entrance to Siam Ocean World, there is a gift shop called Shark Shop where you can purchase the normal merchandise of key rings, paperweights and mugs etc. Just to the left of the entrance, there is an education room where talks are held, this is mainly for school groups. 4D Theatre. The film showing at the time we went was a pirate comedy film which was about 30 minutes in duration. You are given the 4D glasses on entry and your admission ticket is clipped to prove entry is paid for. You are then seated in a cinema. Throughout the film there are various special effects that take place such as water being sprayed at you in the film (and then water is really sprayed at you!) and there are also pieces of wire that are spin around near your ankles to simulate rats running over your feet! At one point the rows of seating even jerked around. Although this is probably aimed at kids, I still found it really enjoyable. Ocean World When we had watched the film we made our way to the main aquarium and proceeded to the main Open Ocean. Here we are able to go on a glass bottomed boat. The boat seated about 8 people and was a little cramped but still enough room for what it was. We were all asked to wear lifejackets also just in case! Here in the ocean section you can travel across the top of a massive aquarium which houses sharks, rays and an array of smaller grouper fish. Through the glass bottom of the boat you can see the coral reef at the bottom and the marine life swimming underneath you. Throughout the tour, there is a member of staff giving on talk on the various fish inside the aquarium. The member of staff was also throwing in pieces of meat to attract the sharks to the surface. Guests on the boat were also allowed to feed a couple of pieces of meet the sharks. Weird and Wonderful. We then went to this section where you can view the weird and wonderful creatures of the deep waters of our world, some have not even been given a classification or name yet! In this section, there were live animals as well as skeletons of animals that have been found over the years. Living Ocean Here you can view many species of fish and we are told how they survive in the ocean, their defences and their feeding habits. The tanks are spread across two floors and can be viewed on both floors, with seating areas at the front of the aquarium. Facilities There are several sets of toilets located throughout Siam Ocean World. There is also a small café which serves snacks and drinks. Summary In summary, I would recommend a visit to this attraction. At first I found the location of Siam Ocean World slightly odd, the fact that it is in the bottom of a shopping centre is not somewhere you would expect to find an aquarium! The prices were very reasonable and we even got a free drink in their café with our admission ticket. This attraction is unique and well designed with one aquarium being created inside a car!! Visitors can also dive with the sharks if they wish to do so, this cost about £80.

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        16.08.2011 15:49
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        The ideal activity for a rainy afternoon in the centre of Bangkok

        Siam Ocean world is a large indoor aquarium in central Bangkok, Thailand. Firstly I'll just start off by stating that in my opinion this is a FANTASTIC day out and far surpasses any aquariums I have been to in the UK or Europe. Its location is ideal for anyone staying in or even just passing through Bangkok. You will find it a short walk from the 'Siam' station on the Skytrain/BTS (which is the most efficient way to travel central Bangkok). Using this service will cost you between 10 and 25 baht, equating to around 50pence to get there. From the BTS head for 'Siam Paragon' shopping centre and Ocean World is located in the lower level down an escalator. Hard to miss! When you arrive you will be greeted by the usual friendly locals and have the option of booking a variety of packages. Basic Entry, or a full day special package which will allow you to go behind the scenes and take a boat in the shark tank, free popcorn and drinks, and a showing in the 4D cinema at the end. This option will cost around 900baht, close on £20. You can pre-book and sometimes get special offers on the website so that would be worth trying if you plan a visit. Admittedly the price is quite steep but it does feel like you get your moneys worth and it is a good option if Bangkok decides to have one of its rainy days. You will walk through walkways lined with massive tanks full of exotic and interesting sea life and through different zones with species associated with places such as rainforests, deep ocean etc. There are so many extras threaded throughout the complex that put it above any other aquarium I have visited. Aside from the massive range of wildlife they have various interesting little exhibits and extras along the way, such as giving your feet a clean in a pool of fish that like to nibble the dead skin from your feet! These wee extras make it a highly enjoyable way to escape from the humidity for 3 hours or so.

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