Make Time for Siam Ocean World

If you love the ocean and its magnificent creatures, you should really make time to check out Siam Ocean World whenever you travel to Bangkok, Thailand.

I had the chance to check it out for the first time in 2007 with my friends and as of late last year when my husband and I were in Bangkok, I learned that more fun activities and learning opportunities have been added in which I think would make both kids and adults enjoy even more their time there.

While at Siam Ocean World, you can have the chance to try the Ocean Walker Experience. By using the special Ocean Walker helmet, you can walk among the fishes and other sea creatures in the water itself. They also have a Glass Bottom Boat which allows you to see even closer not only the different kinds of fish but also stingrays and yes, sharks! And remember that you are able to enjoy these and more right in the heart of a mall, in the heart of Bangkok!

The Siam Ocean World is located at Levels B1 and B2 of Siam Paragon Shopping Center. It is opened from 10 am to 21 pm (or 9 pm), last entry though is at 20 pm (or 8 pm).  Tickets for tourists, Thai residents and expats can also be bought online. These are the admission prices as provided online for tourists: 900 baht (29 USD) for adults and 700 baht (23 USD)  for children. They can give 10 per cent discount though, as indicated in their website (as of this writing). This is the admission rate exclusive of other activities. For specific packages there, you may get more information from: www.siamoceanworld.co.th

The Siam Paragon Shopping Center where Siam Ocean World is located is easily accessible via Sky Train (BTS).

 

Enjoy the beautiful creatures of the ocean at Siam Ocean World

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How About an Elephant Massage?

Yes, that’s me. And do not judge the elephant. The huge land mammal is not trampling me to death but rather gently massaging me in the Land of Smiles, the Kingdom of Thailand 🙂

This is not for the fainthearted but if you do want a different kind of massage, you can have this in different parts of Thailand where there are a number of elephants such as in  Chiang Mai, Chaam, Huahin and even in Phuket. Usually, you can have this massage where you can also have elephant rides. In my case, there was an elephant show first after my friends and I had a ride on the elephants. After the show, the elephant trainers asked us and the audience if there was anyone who wanted to try an elephant massage. I do not know why I ended up volunteering my small self and totally forgetting any possible danger such as: What if the elephant “massaged” me too hard or if something surprised the lovely elephant too much and it would run and yes, trample me to death in the process? Ah, but I lived to tell the tale.

Just a note though before you say you are ready for an elephant massage, don’t look up while the elephant is massaging your body. That way, you will not be bothered by how gigantic this mammal really is from your fragile angle on the ground 🙂

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Going Around Bangkok

On any given day in Bangkok, taking the BTS or sky train is one of the most convenient ways to go around the city. By taking the sky train, you escape Bangkok traffic which saves you time and I must say, frees you from the usual stress of explaining to taxi drivers where you are going (because if you are not a Thai national, that would mean there is a language gap that has to be crossed). Before you get on a sky train, there is a location map for you to refer to at the station. When you have checked the map and the corresponding fares, you are now ready to drop your fare (in coins) at the appropriate slot and voila, you now have your precious ticket to ride 🙂

The BTS or sky train stations are in key locations in the city. If you take a Bangkok map, you can easily spot the places where you might be interested to visit. You can then check the nearest sky train or BTS station for you to get on and get off. You can then walk a short distance or take a cab, if this is really necessary. You don’t have a lot to explain this time since the distance is short enough and you don’t have to feel that maybe you’ re lost. As taking the sky train shortens your travel time, this also means more time for you to enjoy the City of Angels 🙂

Are you ready for your ride?

 

You need your ticket to go in & proceed to the waiting area or to go out from the station

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