Rubbing shoulders with famous people at Madame Tussauds Bangkok
I am one of those who are lucky I got the opportunity to travel a bit , though not as much as I want to yet.. and I have had the great opportunity to have visited two other Madame Tussauds, one in Amsterdam and another in Las Vegas. However, those times were long ago when digital camera wasn't in yet, so I only have a couple of photos left from then...
For this post, I am sharing my visit to the Madame Tussauds in Bangkok which I brought my son....taken sometime last year...
Anne Thongprasom and Ken Theeradej
Did you know that no two Madame Tussauds around the world exhibits all the same wax figures? And at least two thirds of the exhibits reflect famous persons and personalities unique to their region. You would find famous Thai and Asian personalities in this Madame Tussauds. So which ever country you go to that has a Madame Tussauds exhibit, do make sure that you go visit at least once. They are also always adding on to their exhibits with new figures.
For those of you who have never been to a life-like wax figure museum, this is a good place to start. The price for the entrance at Madame Tussauds in Bangkok is also very much cheaper then at other places. The wax figures are very realistic from their expressions, facial hair and resemble the actual person to near perfection.
There are a few historical persona displays near the entrance but most notably is the one of Mahatma Gandhi. He is dressed in his white cotton tunic, glasses hanging off the brim of his nose and walking stick in hand, it might just as well really be him walking along the streets of India on a typical day.
Here you can pose with the Queen of England and wear a crown to sit next to her, which makes a very regally amusing scene
You can take a picture with President Obama and the First Lady at his desk in the Oval Office like yours truly here....
There are a few heads of states here on display from around Asia and around the world including our own former Prime Minister of Malaysia, YB Tun Dato’ Dr Mahathir Mohammad.
The new concept of Madame Tussauds in Bangkok means that these figures are not just displayed in glass cases for you to admire, rather it is a unique opportunity for you to interact with these wax figures.
You can actually interact with them, which means you can touch them, pose up close with them, hug them or even appear to be right where they are notably famous at doing! You do not get such opportunities at other Madame Tussauds around the world except for a few, so this is the concept where it is no longer just another wax museum!
Sport fanatics will enjoy the time to spend with David Beckham, or play golf with Tiger Woods, take a selfie with Christiano Ronaldo among several other famous sport personalities.
Do also check out the Martial Arts section where lo and behold, you get to pose with Bruce Lee in his famous yellow and black stripped costume, or greet the crowd with Jackie Chan, and spar with Tony Ja
At the Television Talk Show area, you can get to sit in on an interview with Oprah Winfrey, she looks so real right down to the freckles on her skin, or sit next to Will Smith or George Clooney.
In the movie celebrity section, there is Bruce Willis, Anthony Hopkins, Jim Carrey, and Johnny Depp, Elizabeth Taylor and even Nicholas Cage among many more which would make it a fun time with your favorite movie star, hero or heroine!
Then there are the great music icons like Justin Bieber the teenage superstar, and Jay Chou who are local and Asian rising music stars not to mention off course the likes of Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga who unveiled her wax figure while on tour in Bangkok.
You can get away with saying you had a photo session with the stars while on holiday in Thailand!
For the kids, there is there ever popularDoraemon, which is a first attempt at Japanese anime cartoons and which we hope to see more in the likes of popular manga characters.
After all the exhibits downstairs, make your way one level up to the exhibit where it all started. Here you will meet the petite Madame Tussaud herself, closely examining one of her beloved head sculptures with a keen eye. She so lifelike....
With the late Princess Diana
Madame Tussauds in Bangkok is a great place to mingle and rub shoulders with famous celebrities from around the world, leaders of states and countries, World and Thai royalty, movie stars, talk show celebrities, famous singers, sport personalities and even artists, opera singers and legendary musician and artists or scientist. It is a not to be missed when you visit Bangkok city and should make Madame Tussauds a part of your sightseeing itinerary for Bangkok as there are not many in the Asian region, the other being in Hong Kong.
Ludwig van Beethoven
The Madame Tussauds in Bangkok is located at the Siam Discovery Center on the 6thfloor. Siam Discovery Center, Siam Center and Siam Paragon are all inter-connected so you can actually spend a whole day within these three buildings to shop, sightsee, eat and be entertained and conveniently located at the Siam BTS entrance.
Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand
If you are visiting Bangkok, do make sure you drop by the Siam Discovery Center to do a discovery of your own with thefabulous wax figures of Madame Tussauds incredible wax museum!