The largest aquarium in Southeast Asia, Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World offers an exciting glimpse into marine life off the coast of Thailand. Designed to both entertain and educate, the aquarium is host to the weirdest and most wonderful of sea creatures, ranging from gigantic sharks, to little clownfish, and even a fantastic coral reef.
The Aquarium is divided into eleven zones on the basis of their inhabitants. The Rocky Hideout exhibit invites visitors into the world of deep sea wonders, while the Rockpools are home to wondrous starfish and anemones. The Rainforest Adventure is a special rainforest themed zone at Sea Life Bangkok, while Tropical Ocean and the Ocean Tunnel offers a traditional aquarium experience. Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World, however, is not merely an aquarium, but a breeder of rare and endangered sea wildlife as well; for starters, most of the seahorses at Seahorse Kingdom, and penguins at Rocky Shore have been bred within the aquarium itself.
Sea Life Bangkok is not merely a visual attraction; instead, it takes one right inside the heart of the ocean through its interactive programs. The Glass Bottom Boat Ride and the Shark Dive experiences allows one to penetrate the deep blue of the aquarium tanks and gain a glaring insight into the lives of the creatures within. Sea Life Bangkok also hosts a number of feeding sessions, including Penguin Feeding, Shark Feeding, Otter Feeding and Seahorse Feeding, among others.
Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World is a unique aquarium adventure that seeks to take one closer to the wonders of the underwater world. The aquarium is home to elaborately themed exhibits that host a wide collection of sea creatures, be it sharks, small fish or octopi. While taking a tour of the aquarium is always a good idea, Sea Life Bangkok also offers a number of interesting activities to its guests that take them right into the heart of the sea. Feeding programs, diving programs and boat rides at Sea Life Bangkok take visitors closer to the stunning animals, allowing them a good glimpse into how the fish live, interact and feed. The aquarium also has a 4D Cinema that offers movies aimed at kids.
Taking one on a tour of the deep blue sea, the eleven zones at Sea Life Bangkok promises a invigorating glimpse into the way of marine life. The themed zones travel from the depths of the Antarctic, across the reefs of the tropical oceans, and into the dark canopies of a rainforest. Each zone is populated with its own share of strange and fantastic creatures, whether it be little fish, gigantic predatory sharks, friendly diving penguins or otters.
Deep sea creatures possess the unique ability to camouflage themselves amidst the rocks. With red-tinted bodies and smooth locomotive skills, animals like the octopus or shrimps tend to hide amidst underwater rocks in order to hide from their enemies, or unleash their attack on unsuspecting prey. The Rocky Hideout zone at Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World offers a striking illustration of this phenomenon. The four meter long Giant Pacific Octopus is one of the most amazing animals at the exhibit. One of the smartest creatures in the ocean, the octopus has the strange ability to squeeze through holes the size of its eyes. The Giant Spider Crab and the Spiny Lobster are the two other stars at Rocky Hideout.
Shark Walk is Sea Life Bangkok’s unique educational exhibit celebrating one of the most dangerous predators in the ocean: the mighty shark. The Shark Walk Zone features a glass walkway placed right above Sea Life’s Shark Tanks, and walking along, one gets a glimpse of these mighty creatures making their way below their feet. The Shark Walk Zone is also fitted with giant video screens on all sides, displaying educational slides and videos on the resident sharks.
The Coral Reef exhibit is one of the most beautiful and popular zones at Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World. Although appearing as a giant, multicolored plant, the coral reef is actually a type of marine animal! The striking reefs shine in shades of rainbow as the light filters through, creating a dazzling effect. Corals are rich in algaes and nutrients, and many little fish and marine reptiles seek shelter in the protective cover of the coral’s tentacles. The Clownfish and Lionfish are two of the most popular residents of the Sea Life Bangkok Reef, although one can spot Pufferfishes swimming about as well. The Moray Eel, which has two sets of jaws, is another interesting animal that can be sighted here.
Step out of the ocean and venture into the depths of the dark rainforests at Sea Life Bangkok’s Rainforest Rivers. Trekking through, one must cross roots and trunks as they make their way across the forested canopy. The Rainforest Adventure zone is home to strange and wonderful creatures. If you’re careful enough, you might spot the Poison Dart Frog camouflaged on a leaf, or the Bearded Dragon resting on a rock. The Rainforests are notoriously full of big fish; the Arapaima is the biggest and weirdest of them all.
Penguins, with their friendly gestures and funny ways, tend to enchant everybody. The Penguins at Rocky Shore too, create an incredible spectacle as they slide across the icy patches and dive into the water below. Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World not only houses, but also breeds a number of penguin species, including the Humboldt Penguins, Gentoo Penguins, and baby King Penguins. Visitors can also participate in penguin feeding shows at Sea Life Bangkok.
The Ocean Tunnels are, without a doubt, the pride and star of Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World. The Oceans Tunnels are quite literally, underwater glass-walled tunnels. Walking through the darkened hallways of the aquarium, one catches sight of some of the most majestic sea creatures floating beside them. The highlight of this underwater spectacle is its sharks; Nurse Sharks, Sand Tiger Sharks and Black Tip Reef Sharks are some of the species housed in the Ocean Tunnels.
Rock Pools are shallow pools that are left behind when the tide goes out. A number of sea creatures make their homes in these little pools. Those living in Rockpools tend to have strange markings and adaptive features on their body, as most of these animals have to adapt to the harsh conditions of crashing tidal waves and fluctuating temperatures. Sea anemones, starfish and hermit crabs are some of the many creatures that one can find in the rock pools of Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World. Visitors are also allowed to stroke the rock pool animals, as long as it is done under supervision. The exhibit also offers a number of tanks, such as the Pop Up Tank and the Crawl Through Tank, that allows one to get closer to the animals in the pool.
The Tropical Ocean at Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World is a fantastic, 7 meter tall glass-walled aquarium offering panoramic views of the tank. Spectators get to witness the true essence of ocean life, teeming with coral reef and fish. Eels, Clownfish and Pufferfish are some of the many varieties that one can spot here. The HumpHead Maori Wrasse, with its bright green body and gorged head, is one of the most remarkable and colorful residents of the Tropical Ocean. The exhibit also has information boards set up on all sides, offering invaluable insight into the way of marine life and marine conservation projects.
Unusual, colorful and wonderful- the residents at Bangkok Sea Life Ocean World are what comprises its magic. The aquarium is home to more than 30,000 fishes across 400 species, with the creatures stemming from all corners of the world. From the anemones of the coral reef to the mighty sharks, and the only saw-edged fish in Thailand, the tanked wonders of the Sea Life Bangkok promise to leave you enchanted with their marvelous beauty.
Clownfish:The clownfish has become a familiar sight to viewers, all thanks to Nemo. Clownfish prefer to reside in Sea Anemones as the venomous anemones keep predators away. If you encounter a Clownfish coupling in an Anemone, the female will be the larger of the two, while the male will be the smaller.
Lionfish:The Lionfish is almost as ferocious as its land-based equivalent. In reality, the Lionfish is one of the sea's most venomous creatures. Because lionfish have poisonous spines, they have few predators.
Pufferfish: The Pufferfish is one of the most amusing tropical marine creatures. These fish are known for sucking water into their bodies to significantly increase the size of their bodies in order to frighten predators away.
Moray Eels: These guys may be found in the Breed Rescue Protect area of Sea Life Bangkok. To help pull their food down their long bodies, Moray Eels have a second set of jaws down their throat.
Poison Dart Frog: Endemic to Central and South America, these lovely emerald-colored creatures can be found camouflaging with the bright green backdrop of the Rainforest area.
Bearded Dragon: Underneath their necks, Bearded Dragons have spiky scales. When threatened or as a defense strategy against predators, these scales bulge out like a beard and open their jaws.
Short Clawed Otter: The Short Clawed Otter is known for its adorable behavior. They raise their puppies until they are fully grown. Otters eat mostly fish and other aquatic creatures.
Arapaima: One of the largest freshwater species, with a unique breathing organ that aids survival during the dry season. Fish and small animals are the main sources of food for this species.
Leopard Tortoise: The Leopard Tortoise is the world's fourth biggest tortoise species. The shell has steep, nearly vertical edges and is large and hemispheric
Jackass Penguin: The Jackass Penguins can't fly, but they can swim quickly enough to grab fish. They are mostly found in South Africa's temperate regions.
Starfish: There are starfish in every ocean on the planet! There are nearly 2000 species recognised, each with its unique set of surprises. Although quite small in size, starfish can hunt prey quite larger than themselves, because of their unique ability to digest food outside their bodies.
Hermit Crabs: Hermit crabs are one of the most defenseless creatures of the sea, and resort to their big shell for protection against predators. Hermit crabs may also change shells when their current home is deemed in danger or destroyed.
In today's oceans and rivers, there are approximately 300 different species of turtle. Sea turtles come in seven different kinds, some of which are severely threatened. They are commonly trapped in fishing nets or plastic garbage, and are targeted for their gorgeous shells and eggs. At Sea Life, the adult green sea turtles are the most popular residents. Green Sea Turtles eat Crabs, Sponges, and Jellyfish while they're young. Adults, on the other hand, become entirely herbivorous, eating only seagrass and algae, which causes their body fat to appear vivid green! Every year, SEA LIFE rescues, rehabilitates, and releases a large number of wounded or missing sea turtles.
Sharks have been swimming in our waters for 420 million years, making them even older than trees! Their brains have developed to become more clever and focused on their senses, particularly their sense of smell. At Sea LifeIn our waters, there are over 500 different shark species, and you'll see a lot of them when you visit the Pacific Shipwrecks at the aquarium. Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World also lets one observe how sharks are fed at the tanks, and offers VIP Experiences such as snorkeling with the sharks. In partnership with global conservation efforts, Sea Life Bangkok also participates in several shark protection programs against the illegal poaching of sharks in the EU Waters.
In the seas and rivers, there are approximately 500 distinct species of rays and skates. The Shark is its closest relative; roughly 150 million years ago, Sharks evolved into Rays! Rays, like Sharks, do not have a bone skeleton. Their skeleton is constructed of cartilage rather than bone. Rays are lighter as a result, making it easier for them to glide across the ocean. A variety of spectacular rays may be seen in Sea Life. A magnificent Eagle Ray swims like a bird. This gentle fish has a poisonous spine at the tip of its tail that defends it. The shovel nose ray spends much of its time on the ocean floor, catching crustaceans with the bottom half of its mouth. The Stingray is the most popular, and has a stinging tail that can be used as a weapon against its enemies.
Penguins are almost exclusively found only in the Southern Hemisphere. They are 'flightless' birds, but they can soar like a torpedo through the sea to capture fish. There are around 17 species of penguins in existence today, although several are threatened with extinction. The Aquarium is home to a friendly colony of penguins- the Baby King Penguins, Gentoo Penguins, and Humboldt Penguins have all been bred by SEA LIFE. Penguins are amusing; they like sledding down frozen spots on their bellies and taking turns diving into the water. Besides, their black and white skin acts as camouflage in the waters, keeping predators at bay
The most unique resident at Sea Life Bangkok is the Makita- the only Large-tooth Sawfish in Thailand. The Makita is characterized by its unique saw-like mouth, which extends from the front of its mouth like a snout. The sawfish is friendly and endearing, despite its fearsome mouth structure and shark-like appearance.
There are more than 50 seahorse species in existence across the world today. Some reside on coral reefs, while others live in the roots of mangrove trees, while yet others thrive in seagrass meadows. Big-bellied Seahorses will be larger than your hand, whereas Pygmy Seahorses will be as little as your little fingernail. Seahorses are unfortunately on the verge of extinction owing to pollution and habitat degradation. Sea Life Bangkok has a number of breeding programs in place, and has successfully bred several Big Bellied Seahorses and Zebra Snouts.
Bangkok Sea Life Ocean World aims to create an experience that involves not just looking and observing, but participating as well. To bring its visitors even closer to the sealife than usual, the aquarium presents a host of special experiences. Shark Dive, which takes one on a Scuba Diving adventure through the Shark Tank, is the best fit for adrenaline junkies. If you’re afraid of the water, however, the Glass Bottom Boat ride would be an ideal way to observe the sealife without diving to its depths. Beyond the Surface is a special experience demonstrating how the aquarium is run and maintained, while the 4D Cinema is special fun directed especially to its younger guests.
The Shark Dive experience at Sea Life takes one directly into the tanks of the aquarium’s biggest predators. Swimming through, one comes across some of the greatest variety of this fearsome species: Black tips, eagle rays, tiger sharks, round ribbontail sharks, and more. The experience is offered to divers across all levels of expertise; expert divers and diving license holders will have a better grasp of the experience. However, those never having dived before can try the activity as well, under the expert guidance and training of the diving experts at Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World.
The Beyond the Surface experience takes one, quite literally, beyond the scenes at Bangkok Sea Life Ocean World. The encounter allows visitors to interact with and question the experts and scientists who monitor the activities at Sea Life. Visitors get an insight into how the exhibits at the aquarium are designed and maintained to look like the creatures’ natural habitats. They also get to see how the food for the fishes are prepared each day, and how the animals’ diets are planned.
The Glass Bottom Boat is, as its name suggests, a boat in which a portion of the boat floor is made of durable, fully transparent glass. Visitors sit around the boat circumference, keeping an eye on the glass bottom as a variety of fish swim by underneath. All glass bottom boat rides are conducted by expert guides, who help the riders identify fish by name and species- stingrays, sharks, and tropical fish are some of the many that one can spot on the ride. The staff may often feed the fish by hand as well.
Amidst all the water and the splashing, the 4D Cinema is a special experience at Bangkok Sea Life Ocean World. The 4D cinema is an experience tailored especially for children. The feature film narrates the story of Spongebob Squarepants as he makes his way through a sea of jellyfish. The 4D movie is not merely a visual treat, but creates an immersive experience through use of special effects that include water splashes, seat movements, and other sensory delights.
One of the best ways to learn more about underwater life and its ways is to observe the fishes’ feeding habits. Sea Life Bangkok makes it easier with its plethora of feeding shows and experiences. All feeding shows are conducted with marine experts who are trained in animal handling, and every meal curated and prepared to fit the dietary needs of the specific animals and fish. At Sea Life, one can watch feeding shows of sharks, otters, archerfish, seahorses, penguins and other tropical fish.
Watching a shark feeding just might be one of the most exhilarating experiences that one could have at Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World. The feeding shows are conducted by expert divers who are well versed in the technique of feeding. The sharks are fed raw fish that are mounted at the end of long sticks and put directly into their mouths. The sharks throw themselves at the feed, tearing them apart with a scary ferociousness. The audience to the shark feeding shows occupy comfortable seas before the long aquarium with unobstructed views.
Sea Life Bangkok’s Penguin Point is home to the aquarium’s colony of Gentoo Penguins. These lovely little creatures are bred within the aquarium, and have a special relationship with their caretakers. The Gentoo Penguins are fed from buckets of fish by an assigned expert. Watching the penguins glide along the patches of ice, diving into the water and then crowding around the feeder for their share of fish is truly a marvelous sight.
The cute antics of Sea Life’s Otters are a big hit among all visitors, but are most loved by children. At the Otter encounter, one can see the resident otters lounging by the waters, floating on their backs and rubbing their faces after a good bath. The otter feeds too, are a popular attraction at the aquarium.
The Tropical Ocean feeding experience takes one right into the heart of the sea. The trained divers at Sea Life wade through the tanks of the Tropical Ocean exhibit. Visitors are treated to unobstructed views as the Sea Life divers glide across the 8-meter tall glass walls, feeding a fantastic variety of sea life as they swim along. Schools and shoals of fish gather around the divers in a fantastic display of colors, offering a visual spectacle.
The fantastic seahorses at Sea Life Bangkok, most of which are bred within the aquarium itself, create a wonderful audience with their shapes, colors and sizes. Watching a seahorse feed can be a truly exciting experience. While seahorses generally swim in groups, they tend to detach themselves and fly solo in search of food, calling its groupmates to itself once the food has been spotted and secured
The Archerfish feeding show, which takes place in the Tropical Rainforest zone, is where anyone and everyone can participate. The show starts around 11:45 a.m. and is entertaining to watch as a bunch of fishes swim in groups to grab the food. The vibrant and colorful fishes put up an amazing show, and there is no admission fee to enter because it is already included in the Ocean World admission fee.
Location: B1-B2 floor. Siam Paragon Shopping Center 991 Rama 1 Road Pathumwan Bangkok 10330
Timings: 10.00 AM to 08.00 PM on all days of the week. Last entry at 07.00 PM.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit the Aquarium would be during the afternoon on weekdays. Weekends and public holidays tend to be busy and crowded, so Monday-Friday would be the ideal days to visit for those looking to avoid big crowds. Feeding shows at the Aquarium have specific timings, so one should research ahead to catch the shows of their choice and plan their trip accordingly.