Opening Hours: 10:00 – 21:00 daily
Location: Basement floor, Siam Paragon, Siam
How to get there: Take Exit 5 from the BTS Siam Station, which provides direct access to Siam Paragon.
Two storeys underneath the glitzy Siam Paragon Shopping Mall, an aquatic wonderland the size of three Olympic swimming pools awaits your discovery at the Siam Ocean World. This underground aquarium, one of the largest in Southeast Asia, will dazzle you with innovative world-class exhibits and over 30,000 curious looking creatures from various depths and aquatic regions across the globe.
Meet some of the world’s record holders, transported all the way from the Amazon River or the Jurassic period when dinosaurs still roamed the earth. Greet the ocean’s deadliest predators in the 270-degree underwater tunnel, sneak a peek into the open ocean from a glass-bottom boat, or, if you really can’t resist, dive in and have a swim amongst the sharks and rays. For kids, a few hours spent at the Siam Ocean World will be as educational as it is exhilarating and memorable.
The World’s Ocean in Seven Zones
Your journey into the Big Blue begins with a prelude at the ‘Weird and Wonderful’ zone, which houses an impressive collection of rare and bizarre-looking marine creatures, such as striped frogfish, garden eel, nautiluses and gigantic spider crabs. The ‘Deep Reef’ features some of the most fascinating reef dwellers in the world; among them, bat fish, humped head Maori Wrasse and Blue Tang.
Learn how sea animals survive in the ‘Living Ocean’, and take a hike in the ‘Rain Forest’ where ancient African lungfish, blind cave fish, giant water rats and otters are on display. Observe life on the edge in the ‘Rocky Shore’ zone, where penguins and other marine mammals learn to survive under constant change in the unpredictable environment.
Stop to feel the skin of friendly starfish in a petting pond, before continuing on to the 270-degree underwater tunnel and the ‘Open Ocean’, Asia’s largest panoramic oceanarium showcasing sharks of various types – ragged-tooth, black-tipped, leopard – stingrays and giant groupers. Just before you leave, drop by the ‘Sea Jellies’ zone and take in the theatrical display of light and musical symphony as the translucent invertebrates float about in the LED-lit tanks.
Fun for the Entire Family
If you expect more from your visit to an aquarium, Siam Ocean World won’t disappoint you. Your choice ranges from observing the marine creatures from a glass-bottom boat and touring the ‘back of the house’ to combing the ocean floor in a diving suit and 180-degree helmet as well as diving with the predators and their prey in the ‘Open Ocean’.
Children will love the exciting around-the-clock shows, including Shark Feeding, Rocky Shore Talk, Penguin Feeding, Diver Underwater Talk, Rainforest Zone Feeding, Animal Contact and Otter Feeding. You can even feed freshwater fish, among them the Chao Phraya River Stingray and Mekong Giant Catfish – from the Feeding Pier in the Rainforest or have the little fish ‘massage’ your feet at the Happy Fish, Happy Feet Pool. Please note that extra charges apply for each additional activity.
Thailand’s First 4D Theatre
The fun doesn’t stop only in the deep blue sea. Come up for a breath of fresh air and a 25-minute virtual reality adventure with the Sanyo 4D-Xventure (charges apply). Using state-of-the-art technology, the virtual environment created by the theatre and its ‘4D Invader’ seats promises to squeeze a scream or a giggle out of every viewer during the movie – that extra thrill that makes 3D theatres so yesterday’s news. So, hold on to your seats and enjoy the dive into the virtual underwater world!
content courtesy: http://www.bangkok.com/siam-ocean-world.htm