Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World
Siam Paragon Shopping Centre, Level B1
991 Rama 1 Road
Opening hours: Daily 10am-9pm
A luxury shopping centre in the middle of Bangkok is an unlikely venue for a 10,000 square metre aquarium containing 30,000 maritime creatures, but underneath the floors of glossy designer shops and brand names that Siam Paragon houses lies a different world to be discovered at basement level. As the building is directly linked to the BTS interchange station, Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World (formerly known as Siam Ocean World) is easily accessible in a prime location of the city for those who love aquatic animals or want a quieter experience away from the shopping crowds where one can easily while away a couple of hours.
The venue is both entertaining and educational with a range of top-class exhibits and activities to keep visitors of all ages engaged and fascinated by the array of species on display. Information on each animal is posted in both Thai and English, as well as the interactive touch screens and large infographic displays along with bilingual staff to maximise the experience for local and international patrons.
A winding layout of various zones and levels provides a diverse experience of creatures from all over the globe starting with the Rocky Hideout section where one is greeted by giant spider crabs and octopuses, followed by the Shark Walk daring visitors to stand over a perspex viewing window on the floor as various types of sharks swim past. Tropical fishes and coral reefs offer a spectrum of shapes and colours with an additional Seahorse Kingdom room dedicated to one of the more unique members of the ocean.
The Tropical Rainforest room provides a change of scenery and types of creatures on display in a darkened area surrounded by waterfalls and vegetation, from tiny dart frogs to giant freshwater fish, as well as otters. A touch tank with starfish and sea cucumbers is a fun sensory way to get close to some of the creatures in the Rockpool area, and if timed well will be able to see the staff feed and play with the stingrays and penguins.
The highlights of the journey are the 270-degree underwater tunnel and enormous panoramic oceanariums where divers can be seen swimming alongside the sharks, eagle rays, and schools of fish amongst the ‘ruins’. Gentoo penguins inhabit the latest Ice Adventure zone as they waddle along the frozen surface and glide past gracefully in the water. A cool feature is the jellyfish room where glowing translucent invertebrates float around in different coloured tanks, with cushioned seating in the middle of an otherwise pitch black space to lie back on and take in the magical view on display.
Other activities include a 25-minute ride on a glass-bottomed boat for an opportunity to feed the fish, behind-the-scenes tours of the Aquatic Quarantine and Nursery Centre and daily operations of the aquarium’s facilities, a 5-D cinema show, and diving experiences, for an additional cost. A kids’ play area, cafe, and show seating around the venue provide walking breaks along the way.