Madame Tussauds Bangkok Is Open

Things to Do, What's New — By Kevin Revolinski on December 4, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Madame Tussauds Bangkok opened to the public today on the 6th floor of Siam Discovery joining Shanghai and Hong Kong as the only cities in Asia to have the famous wax museum. Like all Madame Tussauds locations, Bangkok’s has its own signature personalities. The first exhibit holds the Prince Father and Princess Mother (HRH Prince Mahitala Thibed Adulyadej Vikrom Phra Baroma Rajajanok and HRH Princess Srinagarindra), the parents of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (King Rama IX).

Ten rooms contain over 70 figures, from historical figures to sports legends and pop stars to Hollywood giants. To test the accuracy, a couple of Thai stars — Anne Thongprasom and Ken Theeradej — showed up for a press visit a few days before to pose next to their waxy twins.

Like the other Madame Tussauds exhibits, the Bangkok version brings an interactive experience to its visitors.

Grab a top hat and feather boa and join Madonna.

Towering boxing legend Muhammad Ali stands next to deceptively small Thai champion Khaosai Galaxy. Float like a butterfly and sting… er, tap lighted buttons like a bee at the interactive display nearby.

What timing that so soon after her release from house arrest, Aung San Suu Kyi appears in lifelike wax in neighboring Thailand.

Ever wonder just how tall Yao Ming is? Try to keep him from the basket. Yes, this is really his actual height. The details of these statues, which take 6-8 months to create, are remarkable. Height, eye color, build, and in some cases an actual outfit donated from the non-wax version. Real hair is used, even down to the armpits.

The Thai love to take photos of each other and this will surely be quite popular for the locals.

Ticket prices are 700 baht for adults, 500 baht for kids 5-12. Or buy them online and they’re 595 baht for adults and 425 for kids.

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