As we were travelling with two five-year-old boys and three babies, we figured we had to do some kid-related activities to keep the older boys happy. Since we didn’t want to travel too much, we looked for attractions that were easily accessible by BTS, and decided to visit SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, which is at Siam Paragon (Siam BTS station), as well as Dinosaur Planet, which is a short walk from Phrom Phong BTS station.
We actually visited SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World two years ago with N, and you can read about our visit in THIS POST. We took the full package back then, which included the glass-bottomed boat ride, behind the scenes tour, and 4D show. This time round, we booked our tickets via Klook (direct link to booking the SEA LIFE tickets HERE), as it provided us with a really good discount, and collecting the tickets from the venue on the day itself was really easy.
Our visit to Bangkok was actually during the Chinese Golden Week, so Ocean World was pretty crowded. (Tip: Book your tickets as early as possible, especially if you want the full package, because tickets get sold out really fast.) The two older boys were on a high from spending so much time together, and ran from exhibit to exhibit excitedly. The adults had to split them up occasionally, in order to get them to slow down, and take a closer look at the different sea creatures.
He loved these exhibits which allowed him to be “inside” the tank
Pretending to be baby turtles
There were many interesting fishes to look at, and the boys had fun trying to spot those which were camouflaged really well. N liked looking at the huge fishes, while I spent more time admiring the sea turtles and penguins.
The turtles were very playful!
I was trying to show Didi the shark, but he wasn’t very interested
We also managed to watch a bit of the penguins being fed, but the boys got bored after a while, so we moved on to the touch pool. All I could think about was that scene in Finding Dory, where the fish and other sea creatures were all so traumatised by the hands sticking into the water and touching them! Perhaps the management watched that scene too, because this time round, the touch pool area was much smaller than what I remembered it to be (either that or my memory is super bad), and only two kids could traumatise, I mean touch, the two sea stars and one sea cucumber, at a time. N also got to touch the shark egg pods, and he kept asking me how a baby shark could fit inside it, since it was so small.
At the touch pool
What really bothered me about our visit to Ocean World was the sight of two sharks lying belly-up at the bottom of the tank. We were walking in the tunnel, fascinated by the sharks and stingrays swimming over our heads, when we suddenly saw the two sharks lying almost motionless there. I tried looking for a staff to inform them about the sharks, but there was no one in sight, and I didn’t manage to inform anyone at all, because we didn’t meet any staff member from the tunnel all the way to the exit. Very strange!
We spent about 2 hours at Ocean World, and went for lunch at Siam Paragon after that. Ocean World is really very conveniently located in the basement of Siam Paragon, and definitely worth a visit if you have young children. Don’t forget to book your tickets online from Klook before you go!
The next day, we visited Dinosaur Planet, because I thought it looked interesting, and was conveniently located a few BTS stops away from our hotel. (Read about our wonderful hotel stay HERE.) It’s an outdoor attraction, with about 80% of its activities being in open areas, so if it rains, you should probably give it a miss. The walk from the BTS station to Dinosaur Planet is also not sheltered, so if it looks cloudy, you should definitely carry an umbrella with you.
On our way to Dinosaur Planet in the crowded BTS train
I pre-booked our tickets from Klook again, as it was cheaper, and it’s a good thing I did, because it was honestly not really worth visiting, unless your child really, really, REALLY loves dinosaurs.
It started off rather promising, as we were ushered into a theatre to watch some videos, and to view some dinosaur skeletons. I expected to see a lot more such exhibits, but sadly, that was all there was, so don’t expect it to be a very educational visit.
All the dinosaurs and skeletons there were
Next up was the Raptor X-treme, which I had seen videos of previously, and was honestly quite afraid of what would happen. It didn’t help that as we were queueing up to enter it, the staff told us that we had to run very fast, because the raptor would bite us if it caught us. The boys were really scared, and kept peering through the gate to see if they could spot the raptor. We were then ushered into a container, and shown a video of the raptor escaping. The boys were really freaked out by then, and kept saying that they didn’t want to go in. Too late! The doors opened, and we were told to run. A short while later, the raptor emerged, and even though we made it to the exit, the gate wasn’t open yet (it was a four-minute experience), and we had to run around and hide from the raptor. The raptor wasn’t very fast, probably because it’s not easy to walk around wearing the raptor suit, and a staff member was guiding it around. N and I were running around trying to hide, while C laughed at us, and told me to stop scaring N.
Where’s the raptor?
Next to the Raptor X-treme was the world’s slowest dinosaur ride, and I would recommend giving this a miss, since it was quite pricey, and you can find something similar (but way faster and cheaper) at the nearby EmQuartier mall. There was also a sand pit where kids can do a bit of excavation, but it was crowded with school kids when we were there, so we skipped it.
On the world’s slowest dinosaur ride
The two boys on their slow dinosaurs
D pretending to run for her life HAHAHA
We saw the set-up for the show outside the Raptor X-treme area, but there was no information on showtimes, plus it started drizzling, so we quickly left Dinosaur Planet, and headed for lunch at EmQuartier. We walked past a small area where kids could colour the dinosaurs and see them come to life on a screen, but didn’t stop to let the kids try it, since there are similar exhibits in both Singapore and Jakarta.
Part of the show set-up
We all agreed that Dinosaur Planet wasn’t worth visiting, and were very glad we got the tickets at a discount, because we would have been more upset if we paid full price for the poor experience. The park is very small, and there was honestly not much to see or do there, unless your child LOVES dinosaurs. If you don’t mind travelling, I would recommend going to Safari World instead. You can read about our experience there two years ago in THIS POST, or book your tickets from Klook HERE.