Up Close Encounter with President Obama, Bruce Lee and Michael Jackson at Madame Tussauds Bangkok24 March, 2011
The world’s best loved wax attraction – Madame Tussauds – had opened another branch right here in Southeast Asia and just like the Hong Kong Madame Tussauds, it features famous and prominent figures from the political, sporting and entertainment fields. What is unique to the Bangkok Madame Tussauds are the Thai celebrities featured where visitors can weightlift with Paweena Tongsuk or act in a drama scene with Ken Theeradej and Anne Tongprasom. Madame Tussauds Bangkok had also been granted permission to create wax figures of the royal couple – His Royal Highness Prince Mahitala Thibed Adulyadej Vikrom Phra Baroma Rajajanok and Her Royal Highness Princess Srinagarindra for the Royal Room of its attraction as a reflection of the Chakri royal family’s kindness towards their subjects. Thus this is perhaps the only place where tourists – both local and foreign – can get up close to the likeness of the royal couple.
Madame Tussauds is a measurement of fame but not a judge of whether a person is good or bad. Perhaps the most important element of Madame Tussauds is the immersive interactivity of the setting where audio and visual effects help create the most realistic experience. For example, at one of the most popular attractions in Bangkok Madame Tussauds – President Obama’s Oval office, visitors (like what we did; seen in the picture below) can take turns to answer the busy ringing hotline in the office and at the same time pose with President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama. Just a few steps away from the “Oval Office”, we sat on the throne of the UK monarchy and stood by our prime minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong – this is only possible in the Bangkok Madame Tussauds. 🙂
If you are a big sports fan, regardless of any sport, you will be glad for the opportunity to meet your sporting heroes e.g. play ball with Ronaldinho, David Beckham. If you have no idea how tall Yao Ming is, you will get a good sense at Bangkok Madame Tussauds – for a quick gauge, check out the picture below; I am 1.75m and he is still at least “4 heads” taller than I am! You can get a sense of what it feels to be a winner at the Olympics – simply stand at the winner’s podium and the interactivity of this display sets in automatically with applause, cheers and even camera flashes – the trophy and weights are of course optional 🙂
Love movies and music? – then the entertainment section will be where you would be able to relate best to; get up close with Jim Carrey, Britney Spears and even Michael Jackson. Grab a microphone and sing and groove to your favorite artistes’ music here – even more fun with children on Family Holidays at Madame Tussauds Bangkok.
Madame Tussauds Bangkok is a perfect blend of global and Thai charms shown by the amount of Thailand’s culture, history of historic and celebrity figures included within the attraction. This new Bangkok attraction features over 80 wax figures including those of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II, Dalai Lama, Mahatma Gandhi, Beethoven, Einstein, Michael Jackson, David Beckham, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Will Smith, Stephen Gerrard, Bruce Lee, Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie and Jim Carrey. Famous Thai figures include Field Marshal P. Pibulsonggram, M.R.Seni Pramoj, M.R. Kukrit Pramoj, Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, Sunthorn Phu, Luang Vichit Vadakan, Dr. Porntip Rojanasunan, Pawina Thongsuk, Khaosai Galaxy, Tata Young, Ad Carabao, Pumpuang Duangjan, Yodrak Salakjai, Mitr Chaibancha, Petchara Chaowarat, Sombat Metanee, Tony Jaa, Ken-Theeradej Wongpuapan, Pancake-Khemanit Jamikorn and Anne Thongprasom. This is a unique collection found nowhere else throughout Asia.
Admission to Bangkok Madame Tussauds cost 800 Baht and 600 Baht for Adult and Child respectively. Discounted admission rates are available for Thai residents. For more info, please see: http://www.madametussauds.com/Bangkok/en/BuyTickets/TicketOptions.aspx
Bangkok Madame Tussauds is located at 6th Floor of Siam Discovery along Rama I Road in Bangkok. Nearest BTS Skytrain station is Siam station.