Siam Ocean World is the largest aquarium in South-East Asia covering a staggering 10,000 sqm and with tanks containing over 5 million litres of water. This is a great day out for kids and enjoyable for the rest of the family. The aquarium is located in the main shopping area of Bangkok and works well as a treat in return for the children behaving during a trip around the shops.
Siam Ocean World is located in the basement of Siam Paragon Shopping Centre. It is really easy to get there, being located very close to the Siam BTS (Sky Train) station. The aquarium is open from 9am to 8pm. The entrance fee is 750 Thai Baht ($25) for adults and 600 Thai Bhat ($20) for children 80cm to 120cm tall.
Siam Ocean World is split into 7 sections:
1. Weird & Wonderful – featuring strange sea creatures such as giant spider crabs
2. Deep Reef – 8 metre deep tank replicating a coral reef
3. Living Ocean – Large fish and other aquatic life
4. Rainforest – Tropical fresh water fish and amphibians
5. Rocky shore – Penguins and other semi-aquatic wildlife
6. Open Ocean – Glass tunnels with large fish and sharks, including the rare sand tiger shark
7. Jelly Fish
There are also a number of interactive activities, some at an additional charge.
These interactive activities include a glass bottom boat trip, a shark encounter, diving with sharks and the Ocean Walker Experience which involves diving in a helmet with air pumped from above – just like the old time divers.
For younger children we recommend the back of house tour, where the staff show you what goes into taking care of the fish, the tanks and their breeding programme. Fun and educational. They will also enjoy the 4D cinema and for the very young children there is a singing and dancing show from the cute Siam Ocean World mascots.
For the adults there is also a fish massage pool. What this involves is putting your feet in a big jacuzzi and having small fish bite off the dead skin. A bit weird, but very pleasant once you get used to it.