continuation from Familia Ladaga Goes to Thailand Part 2: Transportation, MBK Mall, and Cuisines Kwento/Review
Day 2 of our Thailand trip is probably the most memorable, because Safari World exceeded our expectations…if you’re in Thailand, this is a must-see!
I’m normally chatty but for this post, I’ll just give you a few fast facts about Safari World, and then I’ll let the photos do most of the talking.
Safari World is in the outskirts of Bangkok. Its exact address is 99 Panyaintra Road, Samwatawantok, Klongsamwa, Bangkok. From Century Park Hotel, our chauffer Pon was able to bring us there in 30 minutes or so.
These are the rates:
Of course, we got the bundle. I don’t think they (Safari World) were expecting anyone would get just the Safari Park or Marine Park, because no one was checking. Raviv got in for free by the way. 🙂
In my opinion, Safari World is Zoobic Safari + Ocean Adventure + Manila Zoo. And even when you combine the “powers” of these three, Safari World is ten times better!
The shows and attractions
Safari World is like Zoobic Safari and Ocean Adventure because it has several shows. We missed the Orangutan Show because it was about to be finished when we arrived. Here are my reviews, photos, and video clips of the shows:
Sea Lion Show
We had fun watching Safari World’s sea lion show but it was just at par with the sea lion show at Ocean Adventure. Also, I enjoyed Ocean Adventure’s because the dialogue at Safari World’s was incomprehensible. There was some attempt to speak in English but it was still very difficult to understand.
This was what I was most excited about! As a kid, my favorite animal was the elephant. And now, I was going to see more of them! I actually ran to the venue of the elephant show to ensure we were gonna get good seats. And we did! So how was the show? I was not disappointed! The elephants were so cute (of course, I’m not talking about their sizes) and smart!
And, would you believe that an elephant painted this:
Ang galing ‘no?!?
Had I not seen the elephants painting this painting and more, I won’t believe it myself! But about six elephants painted, and this is the finished project of one of them!
Of course, after the show, we had to get near the elephants! My interest and love for them returned a thousand fold!
After the Elephant Show we had lunch first. Since we bought buffet tickets for us at 200 baht each (libre uli si Raviv), we went to the buffet restaurant. Food was nothing spectacular. Not worth blogging about. Better if we just bought food from the kiosks that were overlooking the lake/river.
The Dolphin Show
I have no pictures or videos of this. Know why? Raviv didn’t like it so we did not stay long for this. The dolphin show of Ocean Adventure is loads better than this. Moreover, Randy was concerned: where do the dolphins live?!? Bangkok has no ocean or sea, unlike in Subic where the dolphins were at least swimming in their natural habitat (yeah I know they’re still held captive but still).
So while we were waiting for the next show, we just went around. And we were amazed with Safari World’s collection of animals! These animals can be actually seen as you go from one show to the other. But since we were after good seats, we do not have much time to roam around. So we used this to spend more time with the animals.
Here are the animals that you don’t often see in most zoos that were there in Safari World:
And then we also saw a “monkey” that’s just as small as a mouse! Here’s a marmoset—yep, the same old world primate we shoot when we play Angry Birds Rio. It was not annoying unlike how it was portrayed in Angry Birds, hehe. Randy often mentioned how human-like its features were.
We also saw an animal Raviv often mentioned: the tapir!!! I like the tapir! It’s like a small elephant. 😉
The flamingos also impressed me! They looked so pretty and graceful!
And wouldn’t you know it…we even saw a polar bear amidst the heat of the heart of Thailand!!! In fairness, the place it was situated seemed to be freezing cold. We could even feel the chill a few maters away from its “cage”.
Another thing that made us feel that Safari World was so sulit was that we were able to touch and feed giraffes! There was a feeding deck that was raised so we could reach the giraffes.
I think Randy and I had more fun than Raviv. Call us mababaw but we were just in awe that we were able to touch the world’s tallest animal! And then upon looking at horizon, mas napanganga kami!
There were so many other giraffes!!! And that’s not all…look!
Randy and I got excited to tour the mini-savannah!
But for the meantime, it was time for the Spy Show.
The Spy War Show
At first we were hesitant to watch…what could it be? And would Raviv even like it? As we were going to the arena where the Spy War Show was to be staged, we tried asking a staff whom we came across with. With what very little English he spoke, we gathered that he was recommending it.
So how was it? It was like a stage play with stunts and bonggels props! Even though we could not understand the conversation (it was mostly in Thai, bummer), it kept us glued! There were explosions, fire, and jet skis that wet the front row audience! Raviv was watching enraptured. During the explosions and all, we felt he’s scared but was holding back. Overall, I would recommend it. I guess it was pang-alis umay from all the animal shows we’ve watched.
The Bird Show
After the Spy Show we went to watch the bird show. It was cute and funny, and the hosts were really trying to speak in English. One of my favorite portions was when they let the birds get money from the audience. I won’t delve into details but it was cute and it made us smile. The birds also “played basketball”. Here’s a short clip of it:
The “Real” Safari
Since the shows were all finished, it was time for the safari—we will be on a bus that will roam around while the animals were roaming around freely!
I was so excited for this, because I was kinda disappointed with our “safari” in Zoobic Safari. I expected more than the five-minute roaming where a tiger would come near the vehicle and get our chicken to feed on, and that was it. But here, it was more than I expected! The “savannah” was very big and it was divided. The first one we drove around was the one we saw overlooking the giraffes. Here, herbivores coexisted with birds.
Then we also went to this place where various species of bovids (family of goats) and cervids (family of deer). We even saw an ibex and an impala—animals whose names I learnewd from Raviv just last year.
Sorry for the bad photos: Randy’s camera’s battery got drained, the sun was setting and we were inside a bus, and the vehicle was also moving.
Next, we went to the spot where there were black/brown bears! Grabe nakakatuwa! Imagine—we see the bears just freely roaming around!
Last stop was the area where tigers and lions dwelled. It was isolated (yet still very big! Hurray, ‘coz at least they can still be the predators that they are!) and surrounded by a huge electric fence. Warnings about not going out of the vehicle abound, as lions and tigers were really dangerous.
Being at Safari World was such a great experience! I can say that every baht we spent was worth it! But here are the lessons I learned:
We should have brought much water! It was freakin’ 39 degrees Celcius in Thailand, and although mists were sprayed in shadeless portions of the zoo, it was still so hot (grumabe pa ang “hotness” kasi andun ako…hukhukhuk!)
There’s also a lot of walking thus if your kid has a stroller, bring it. The paths were smooth and cemented anyway. Raviv is 20 kilos for crying out loud! Our strategy was: “If you ask to be carried you’re not Peter Parker. Peter Parker can walk on his own.” Titiisin naman ng bagets para panindigan na s’ya si Peter Parker. But then maaawa kami.
Unless you love Indian or Thai food, don’t get the buffet meal. You might be better off buying your choice food at individual food kiosks (although the buffet restau was airconditioned).
That’s it pancit! I hope I made you excited about going to Safari World. 🙂
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