SIAM OCEAN WORLD
B1-B2 Floor, Siam Paragon, 991 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand
Telephone : +66 2687 2000 Facsimile : +66 2 687 2001
Siam Ocean World is exactly what it says on the tin. Here you can step straight off the BTS, Bangkok’s Skytrain, into Siam Paragon and delve into a world of amazing underwater discoveries right in the heart of Bangkok’s main shopping district. The largest aquarium in South East Asia, Siam Ocean World occupies 10,000 square meters – 2 football pitches – and has a capacity of more than 4 million litres of water!Over 30,000 marine animals are on display with over 400 species.
The exhibits are set up across 7 zones which represent all the major aquatic eco-systems found on Planet Earth including the deep reef, rainforest, open ocean and rocky shore. The Deep Reef aquarium is a huge 8 meter deep floor to ceiling tank containing a huge variety of corals and some of the most beautiful and fascinating reef dwellers in the world. Look out for the huge bat fish. The 270 degree-view Under Ocean Tunnel is an awesome sight; watch huge ragged-tooth sharks and giant groupers slowly skulk by as playful leopard sharks and stingrays swim over head.
There is a huge range of activities on offer at Siam Ocean World. Brave Scuba divers get the chance to dive with sharks and there are introductory programs for first timers Scuba tune-up for the out-of-practice and the Experienced Diver program for certified divers. All the courses are conducted by fully qualified divers from Planet Scuba – A great chance to get up close to, among others, blacktip reef sharks and eagle rays in a 4.5 million litre aquarium. The Ocean Walker is great for non-divers and non-swimmers, enabling visitors to experience the feeling of walking on the sea bed wearing a specially designed viewing helmet. 100% safe and lots of fun, it’s said to feel like walking on the moon and you won’t even get your hair wet!
Another must-do activity is the glass bottom boat ride tours, a chance to see the thousands of fish in the Ocean Tunnel up-close. The eye-to-eye perspective is quite an experience.
Education is a major theme at Siam Ocean World. All the exhibits have information in Thai and English and there are various activities for children – or adults – including animal contact, regular feeding times for the sharks, penguins and otters as well as the Rocky Shore and Rain Forest Zones. Kids can even join the ‘sleepover program’ in which they enjoy a whole night of activities inside Siam Ocean World.
Don’t miss: Sanyo 4D X-venture. A movie theatre like no other and the only one of its kind in Thailand, the Sanyo 4D X-venture has what is called the ‘4D invader seat’. The state-of-the-art seats are fitted with 13 functions, will dispense mist and vibrations and will enable visitors to feel is if they are in the movie. Complete with an extensive range of movements and even an under-seat ‘tickler’!