If you want to save your money on flights to New York, and looking for one fun packed destination that is more than a ‘concrete jungle’ rather ‘natural’ one – than fly to Bangkok.
Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and home of Thai Airways has recently see increase in air routes and cheap flights to Bangkok offered by top airlines including big names such as Virgin Atlantic, Thai Airways, British Airways and Qatar Airways. There are plenty of reasonable accommodations in the city and shopping is just wolaa. To top it all up, Madame Tussauds has also opened in Bangkok.
UK’s most talked about, Merlin Entertainments Group, that holds a strong reputation in theme parks and entertainment has announced to open Madame Tussauds’ Wax Museum in Bangkok this fall. Merlin Entertainment acquired Madame Tussauds in the year 2007, which contributed an increase of 28% in the groups’ revenue within a year. Merlin Entertainment is only second to Disney, in holding strong presence worldwide. The group holds 60 attractions in 13 countries and still expanding.
Thailand’s capital will be Madame Tussauds’ first location in Southeast Asia. However, it’s third to the already existing museums in the Far East, one of which is located in Hong Kong and the other in Shanghai. Madame Tussauds Museum in the UK and New York, are the most popular ones in the list while, the recent addition is also likely to attract more ‘stopovers’ in Bangkok. The city has recently been suffering a drop in number of travelers in comparison to the direct flights to Phuket, the most popular beach city in Thailand.
Madame Tussauds in Bangkok is going to be the tenth museum of the type. It will open in Siam Discovery Shopping Centre, making it more accessible on any day trip or shopping trip to the city. At this occasion, Chadatip Chutrakul, President and CEO of Siam Piwat Company Ltd, Merlin Thai partner and owner of Siam Discovery, stated:
We are preparing a major renovation of both the interior and exterior of Siam Discovery, introducing an exciting element to the heart of Bangkok’s most prominent shopping area. We take pride in drawing large foreign investments to Thailand and contributing to the growth of the country’s economy and tourism.
Other attractions to be established at Siam Piwat also include a 2,000-square-meter Ice Planet ice rink.
8,000 tourists per day. “About 35% of visitors to Siam Discovery are now foreign tourists while 65% are Thais. With the opening of Madame Tussauds, we expect to increase foreign visitors by 25% and raise their share of overall visitors to 40%,” she said.