Saturday 20 July 2013

[Day 3] Exploring Siam Ocean World, Bangkok

Siam Ocean World is one of the largest two-storeys in-door aquarium in Southeast Asia which is located at the basement of Siam Paragon Shopping Mall in Bangkok. The exhibit is divided into 7 zones with individually designed theme and apart from its recreational options, it also proves a very good learning center for kids too.

With our Day 3 schedule packed with fun at Siam Ocean World, afternoon tea at Agalico and cruise dinner on board Chao Phraya Princess, I am sure you will be excited to follow us through the posts and read about our experience in those places.

As usual after our morning breakfast at Cuisine Unplugged which is located near the hotel lobby, we took the free Tutu Shuttle Service to the nearby BTS station to our first destination at Siam Ocean World.

At the ticketing counter, their friendly staff take time to explain to us about the different types of tickets and from their recommendation, we took the Family Package for @ 3,150 THB (SG$128.00) which includes 2 Adults and 2 Children (age 15 years old and below) and each ticket includes:-

- Back Of House Tour
- Glass Bottom Boat
- Pepsi (22 Oz)
- Salted Popcorn
- Happy Fish Happy Feet
- 5D Theatre

Basically Siam Ocean World is divided into 7 Zones featuring Deep Reef, Living Ocean, Open Ocean, Rainforest and etc. And within the aquarium it features more than 30,000 marine animals in its tanks which brings amazing water world experience for visitors.

[Siam Ocean World] Zone 1 - Weird And Wonder
Upon entering the aquarium, you would see all sort of weird and wonderful sea creatures such as king crabs and rare species like Coconut Octopus (row 1, right) and Leaf Scorpionfish (row 2, right) in Zone 1.

[Siam Ocean World] Zone 2 - Deep Reef
Further down at Zone 2, you would see a huge tank featuring marine life which you will find in the coral reefs.

[Siam Ocean World] Zone 3 - Living Ocean
Whereas at Zone 3, we get to visit the "Back of House Tour" where we have the opportunity to touch and witness the real operation behind the scenes of how the Aquarium actually works. Beside that Zone 3 also features some underwater rules of survival and how sea creatures protect themselves against predators.

[Siam Ocean World] Glass Bottom Boat
For some family fun, Glass Bottom Boat ride (usual price 150 THB (SG$6.00) per person) featuring a 5 - 8 minutes ride around the tanks with one of their boatman "gliding" the boat was awesome. We enjoyed our ride spotting fishes underneath but if you are keen you can also grab a cup of shrimps to feed the fishes. The experience is pretty pretty exciting as you get to see fishes like sharks, eagle rays and etc just right below your feet through the glass bottom boat.

[Siam Ocean World] Grab some shrimps for 100 THB (SG$4.00) per cup to feed the fish during Glass Bottom Boat ride.
[Siam Ocean World] Zone 4 - Rainforest, Zone 5 Rocky Shore
There are many interesting creatures and animals waiting for you in the rainforest at Zone 4 where you get to see animals like "Giant Water Rat (3rd row, 1st picture)" which look rather cute as compared to those scary street rats. Other than that, there are also Penguin, Golden Snakes, Poison Spiders and etc.

[Siam Ocean World] Happy Fish, Happy Feet
Our family combo tickets also entitled us for the Happy Fish, Happy Feet treatment where we happily sit and relax our feet in the cold jacuzzi which is filled with little fishes that softly nibbles on our skin. Indeed it was a fun experience for first timer like us to enjoy fish spa.

[Siam Ocean World] Mini Aquarium inside a microwave
[Siam Ocean World] Zone 6 - Open Ocean
[Siam Ocean World] Zone 6 - Open Ocean
[Siam Ocean World] Zone 6 - Open Ocean
Everyday around 1.00pm and 4.00pm there will be a "shark feeding show" at Zone 6  where visitors could gather around at the sitting area to watch the 5 - 10 minutes feeding show. At this zone, it features a 270-degree tunnel where you can observe sharks, stingrays and other sea creatures that are found in the deep ocean.

[Siam Ocean World] Zone 7 - Sea Jellies
Remember to drop by the Sea Jellies zone before you leave the aquarium. You will be amazed by these cute jelly fish in those colour changing light tanks which makes them look so stunning under those lights.

Level B1 And B2, Siam Paragon
991 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan
Bangkok 10330 Thailand
Telephone: +66 2687 2000

Opening Hour:
10.00 am - 9.00pm (daily)

Note:- Nearest BTS station to Siam Paragon is SIAM Station.

[Fuji Japanese Restaurant] Fragrant Green Tea from Japan
We had lunch at Fuji Japanese Restaurant which is located near the food mall at ground level of Siam Paragon Shopping. Even though it was past lunch hour at around 2pm+ but there were still quite a long queue outside waiting to get it. And since it was only 3 of us, we managed to get a table in about 15 minutes.

[Fuji Japanese Restaurant] Zura Soba Noodles With Assorted Tempura
Zura Soba is a type of chilled soba which is often served on a sieve-like bamboo tray, garnished with strips of dried nori (seaweed) and served together a dipping sauce known as tsuyu (mixture of dashi, sweetened soy sauce and mirin) with chopped spring onion and an quail egg.

[Fuji Japanese Restaurant] Fuji Sashimi Bento Set which includes Miso Soup and Chawanmushi @ 310 THB
Our set of Fuji Sashimi Bento Set which includes Miso Soup and Chawanmushi cost around SG$12.60 which is about 310 THB. Although the quality might not be as good when compared to those high end Japanese restaurant but with the price that we are paying the quantity is enough to feed two pax. 

Fuji Japanese Restaurant @ Siam Paragon
G/F Siam Paragon Shopping Complex
991 Rama 1 Rd, Pathumwan
Bangkok 10330 Thailand
Telephone: +66 2 611 7168
Website: Fuji Japanese Restaurant

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