Mention Tutuk, Tom Yum Goong, Pole Dancing Pornsak (from The Noose) and Bangkok instantly springs to mind. Each year, 500,000 Singaporeans visit Bangkok. With cheap eats, affordable massages, plethora of bargain shopping, and promises of warm hospitality, it’s no wonder Bangkok is a top favourite travel destination. We last visited Bangkok 12 years ago as a newly married couple. This time, armed with tips on the ‘Must-Dos’ and ‘Must-Eats’ from friends, we rediscovered Bangkok with Dana in tow to see what’s it has to offer for families.
|The only budget airline to use a Boeing 777…|
Since the plane will land in BKK before the end of most blockbuster movies, we decided to try the newly launched Scoot (which is a subsidiary of SQ and SQ is supposedly synonymous with safety and service). We paid about $600 for our fare (inclusive of airport taxes and check-in luggage fees). Flight was smooth, comfy and frills-free. From its marketing campaigns, we had expected the Scoot crew to be a fun, friendly bunch but those who served us that day was at most luke-warm and non-nonchalant. Do note they do not serve hot meals on board as according to the stewardess, ‘it’s a very short flight’.
|Bye Singapore, we’re scooting off for a vacation!|
One of Daddy’s primary criteria for holidays is that the destination must offer something educational and fun for our daughter. That’s why we made Siam Ocean World our very first stop in BKK. It did not disappoint. This underground aquarium, the largest in Southeast Asia, exhibits over 30,000 curious looking creatures from various depths and aquatic regions across the globe.
|The ocean is like a kaleidoscope, full of wonder and beauty!|
Thanks to my research on Trip Advisor, we pre-booked our admission tickets through a 3rd party online site at almost 50% discount and spent a fun-filled afternoon exploring the wonderful world of marine creatures (some dating back to Jurassic period)! Check out these unique marine life we saw…
|The Fearsome Shark…|
|Majestic Lion Fish…|
|Enigmatic Medusa Jellyfish!|
|Mekong Electric Catfish!|
|Giant Water Rats…never knew they existed!|
|We love its interactive exhibits…|
|And the colourful array of fishes…|
|In the Q for the Glass Bottom Boat…|
|The staff navigated the boat by pulling it along one of these strings!|
|Spotted a shark? No, it’s a diver…|
|Ray feeding session. Check out those cute eyes and mouth!|
|Spotted Moray Eel…|
|Fanciful Sea Anemones…|
|Big (and very active) Hokkaido Crabs!|
|One of the many types of Seahorses swimming around…|
|The ocean is teeming with life!|
Located on levels B1-B2 of Siam Paragon Department Store in the heart of Bangkok, the aquarium is accessible via the BTS Skytrain (Siam Station). It is a few steps from Siam Discovery Centre, Siam Square and MBK shopping malls (Shopping!!).