Thailand 2012: Madame Tussauds, Asiatique and leaving Bangkok

Date: 27th November 2012

I left Siam Ocean World and walked to Siam Discovery. It was still raining, but I still made my way to the top of Siam Discovery, where Madame Tussauds was situated.

Madame Tussauds elevator Bangkok
This was inside the elevator up
Madame Tussauds Bangkok entrance
Madame Tussauds is on the 6th floor
MBK BTS track from Siam Discovery
Hello MBK
Madame Tussauds Bangkok king Thailand
Various photos of King Bhumibol lined the entrance
Madame Tussauds Bangkok
You begin with the History zone of great leaders
Mahatma Gandhi Madame Tussauds Bangkok
Mahatma Gandhi is the very first wax figure
Chairman Mao Madame Tussauds Bangkok
Chairman Mao
Princess Diana Madame Tussauds Bangkok
The much beloved Princess Diana
Madame Tussauds Bangkok world leaders
You then have a selection of world leaders

Lee Hsien Loong Madame Tussauds Bangkok
Singapore’s PM Lee Hsien Loong and China’s former leader Hu Jintao (to the left)
Queen Elizabeth Madame Tussauds Bangkok
Queen Elizabeth, not sitting in her throne — so you can sit in it
Queen Elizabeth Madame Tussauds wax figure
Amazing detail
Aung Suu Kyi Dalai Lama Madame Tussauds wax figure
Aung Suu Kyi and Dalai Lama
Michelle Obama Madame Tussauds Bangkok
You can call off another invasion from Obama’s desk if you want
Mithun with Obama Madame Tussauds Bangkok
Clearly I’m much shorter than Obama — who seems to have lost a lot of weight since taking office
Picasso Madame Tussauds wax figure
Pablo Picasso
X-ray Madame Tussauds Bangkok
You have these interactive gimmicks in between the wax figures
Steven Gerrard Christiano Ronaldo Madame Tussauds Bangkok
I was now in the sports zone. Steven Gerrard looked amazing! Christiano Ronaldo, not so much.
Steven Gerrard wax Madame Tussauds Bangkok
Whoever worked on Steven Gerrard did an incredible job!
David Beckham Madame Tussauds Bangkok
David Beckham. Doing sit-ups… with that face.
Football sim Madame Tussauds Bangkok
This was a virtual penalty shootout sim
Tiger Woods figure Madame Tussauds Bangkok
Tiger Woods
Mohammed Ali Khaosai boxer Madame Tussauds Bangkok
Cassius Clay/Mohammed Ali and a legendary Thai boxer named Khaosai Galaxy
Yao Ming Madame Tussauds wax figure
Never realized Yao Ming is THIS tall!
Michael Jackson Madame Tussauds Bangkok
I was now in the music section. The King of Pop – Michael Jackson – both young and older
Michael Jackson poking Mithun Madame Tussauds Bangkok
The whole point of visiting Madame Tussauds is to have posing with the figures (without being too disrespectful)
Nichkhun Madame Tussauds Bangkok
Poor Nichkhun. The “Thai Prince” looks like this was made locally and they forgot to give him a haircut. (For those who don’t know, Nichkhun is a member of the popular K-pop boyband 2PM)
Justin Bieber Madame Tussauds wax figure
The Biebs
Madonna Madame Tussauds wax figure
Madonna, looking fairly wrinkle-free
Jay Chou Madame Tussauds wax figure
Mando-pop superstar Jay Chou
Anthony Hopkins Madame Tussauds wax figure
Now we’re in Hollywood territory. Anthony Hopkins in his most famous role.
Johnny Depp Madame Tussauds wax figure
Johnny Depp
Spiderman Madame Tussauds Bangkok
This isn’t a wax figure of a steel frame. Spider Man is supposed to be here.
Bruce Lee Tony Jaa Madame Tussauds wax figure
(L) Martial arts legend Bruce Lee (R) Thailand’s greatest martial arts export Tony Jaa
Pancake Khemanit Madame Tussauds Bangkok
You have quite a few Thai celebrities as well
Naomi Campbell Oprah Madame Tussauds Bangkok
Naomi Campbell and Oprah
Jim Carrey Madame Tussauds Bangkok
Jim Carrey
Kate Winslet Nicholas Cage Madame Tussauds wax figure
More Hollywood celebrities. Kate Winslet and Nicholas Cage.
Nicole Kidman Lady Gaga Madame Tussauds wax figure
Nicole Kidman and Lady Gaga
George Clooney Madame Tussauds Bangkok
A not-so-perfect George Clooney
Mel Gibson Madame Tussauds Bangkok
Mid-90s Mel Gibson
Angelina Jolie Brad Pitt  Madame Tussauds Bangkok
Brangelina look awesome!
Will Smith Tom Cruise Michelle Yeoh Madame Tussauds Bangkok
(L-R) Will Smith, Tom Cruise, Michelle Yeoh
Jackie Chan Madame Tussauds Bangkok
The closest I’ll get to meeting one of my favourite stars, Jackie Chan (and winning an Oscar)
Museum Madame Tussauds Bangkok
With that, I was done. This was a museum showcasing the history of Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds history Bangkok
Madame Tussauds’ first wax model was created in 1780, in Paris
Certificate Madame Tussauds Bangkok
Madame Tussauds’ death certificate (probably a copy)
Model Madame Tussauds Bangkok
That’s the skeletal frame

Wax model Madame Tussauds how its done

Trivia Madame Tussauds Bangkok
Some trivia
Madame Tussauds wax hand dip Bangkok
You can get a wax model made of your hand here (costs extra). The staff are smiling like this because they asked me for a photo.
Madame Tussauds gift shop Bangkok
This was the gift shop.
Sixth floor Siam Discovery Bangkok
And I was done. Madame Tussauds Bangkok isn’t too big and I was honestly done in half an hour.

Mind you, I didn’t upload every wax figure I saw. There are a few Thai celebrities as well, along with other popular faces like Serena Williams and a few other historical figures I left out. That said, I felt seeing both Siam Ocean World and Madame Tussauds for ฿1350 was worth the price of admission. You can get the same deal online in fact.

Siam Discovery escalator Bangkok
It was time to leave Siam Discovery
Kangsom Channel V studio Bangkok
Channel V’s Thailand studio
MBK Muay Thai fight night Bangkok
Once outside, I saw a huge crowd gather in front of MBK. It was a muay thai match.

The plan now was to go to Asiatique the Riverfront. I had seen an ad claiming TAT was hosting special Loi Krathong celebrations there, with special shows and fireworks by the river. Even though I have been to Thailand twice now during Loi Krathong, I have never experienced the celebrations in Bangkok.

To get to Asiatique, I took the BTS to Saphan Taksin station and then walked to the boat terminal.

Market under BTS Bangkok
I knew I was on the right path when I saw the many vendors selling paper lanterns and krathongs
Loi Krathong on sale Bangkok
These are krathongs
Crowd at Saphan Taksin boat chao praya river
But my god — the crowds were huge. It took so long for the line of people to move and fill up the free shuttle boats to Asiatique.
Crowd Saphan Taksin pier Bangkok
It took nearly an hour before I finally made it on board a boat
Boat to Asiatique Waterfront
I was worried the boat was filled with too many people
Asiatique Loi Krathong crowds Bangkok
When I finally got to Asiatique, the place was packed!
Asiatique Bangkok Chang Thailand
Asiatique is built where Lumpini night market used to be
Asiatique stage Bangkok Thailand
They said there would music and other performances, but little of what I saw was ‘traditional’.
Chang boat Bangkok Thailand
Chang had a nice-looking boat in the river
Thai girls selling Krathong Bangkok
Selling obscenely expensive krathongs here
Asiatique shops Bangkok
Otherwise, the rest of Asiatique was all shops and a few restaurants
Asiatique Bangkok Thailand
Considering the wait to get to Asiatique, I could say I was disappointed once I got here

I bought a few t-shirts, and that was it. Many of the shops were closing up for the day. The restaurants were either booked for guests or too expensive for one person to dine.

Wedding venue lights Bangkok wheel Thailand
I thought these fancy lights were part of Asiatique, but it was closed off to the public. When I asked some of the foreign staff I came across, they told me this was a set designed for an upcoming wedding between a wealthy Indian man and a Thai girl. Seriously!
Bangkok observation wheel Thailand
I’m Indian, but this extravagance was… shocking!
Asiatique Bangkok wheel Thailand
This was a ferris wheel being constructed to be a part of Asiatique
Ferris wheel pod Bangkok wheel Thailand
The pods
Loi Krathong celebration Bangkok Thailand
Visitors were lighting and floating krathongs here too

But I was getting a bit annoyed by the insane crowds and decided to leave Asiatique early because the lines for the boats going back were just as long.

Asiatique crowd Loy Krathong
More waiting
Boat terminal Asiatique Bangkok Thailand
It was hot and stuffy, and people started shoving from behind
Asiatique boat jetty Bangkok
After 30 minutes of waiting, I was on another crowded boat going back
Chao Praya boat cruise at night
I didn’t bother staying for the fireworks, and went back to Saphan Taksin
Chao Praya river boat jetty
But just as the boat reached the jetty …
Chao Praya river bridge fireworks
Fireworks!

Chao Praya river bridge fireworks Bangkok

Chao Praya bridge fireworks Bangkok
Talk about timing

Watching fireworks Chao Praya river bridge Bangkok

Chao Praya river bridge red fireworks Bangkok
Seeing the fireworks from here made me realize how much more of a time waster going to Asiatique was
Loi Krathong fireworks Chao Praya river bridge Bangkok
Still, I’m glad I got to see this
Watching fireworks Chao Praya river Bangkok
Couldn’t think of a better celebratory way to end my last night in Thailand
Loi Krathong market Bangkok
I didn’t stick around to light lanterns as it was getting late and I wanted to sit down and eat a good dinner. I was thirsty as well.
Saphan Taksin BTS Bangkok city traffic
I took the train from Saphan Taksin BTS back to Nana station
Omani food Bangkok Thailand
I had dinner at an Omani restaurant. Although this may not look like a lot on one plate, it was too much and I just couldn’t finish it with my beer. (Yes, they serve beer here)

This concludes my Thailand 2012 series. It was a good trip, and for once — no bad luck in Thailand. I finally experienced the big lantern festival in Chiang Mai and I attended my first SM Town concert. I stayed for more than one day in Phuket and realized Phuket island does offer some nice beauty. I couldn’t visit Maeklong Market due to bad weather, but it’s okay — something for next time.

The only major destinations left in Thailand on my to-do list is Koh Samui (that includes the Full Moon party) and Ayuthaya, the ancient capital of Thailand. This was my third big trip to Thailand (fourth if you include the one day stop-over). Thailand holds a special place in my heart as it was the first international destination I went to outside of India and Bahrain. I began my blog with my first Thailand trip, and I’m sure I will be back to this wonderful country.

Previous posts in this series:

Thailand 2012: Psy in Bangkok, Siam Ocean World

Thailand 2012: Chiang Mai to Bangkok by flight; Bang Na

SM Town World Tour III – Live in Bangkok: An Indian SONE’s experience!

Loy Krathong 2012: Yeepeng Lanna in Chiang Mai – A second chance to do it right

Thailand 2012: Golden Triangle tour – White Temple, Mekong River, Mae Sai, and entering Laos

Thailand 2012: Flying to Chiang Mai; views from Doi Suthep

Thailand 2012: Phuket beach hopping and bike ride to Promthep Cape

Thailand 2012: James Bond island, Koh Panyee village and Wat Suwan Kuha

Thailand 2012: Terminal 21 mall; Bangkok to Phuket by bus

Thailand 2012: Far end of Jomtien Beach; back to Bangkok

Thailand 2012: The Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya

Thailand 2012: Landing in Pattaya

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3 Comments

  • Gabriel Ponzanelli

    15/09/2013

    I just bumped into your site while Googling images from Madame Tussauds museums around the world. I visited the one in Sydney, Australia yesterday and just posted a few photos of the sculptures on my site, and I wanted to see what other ones were like. Sounds like you really enjoyed the one in Thailand. It also seems a lot bigger than the Sydney one! Hopefully I’ll make it there one day.

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  • Greg Chan

    26/09/2013

    Siam Discovery is a good class mall. The North Face store there? Not so good.

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  • Cheap Flight to ACCRA

    01/01/2016

    Madame Tussauds is the ultimate celebrity fun day out.Sounds like you really enjoyed.

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