One would wonder whether Bangkok could make a great family vacation destination, along with children. For us and the kids in tow the whole vacation was a ‘wow’ thanks to the word ‘Dolphins’. While planning the itinerary we had to take extra care because of two naughty girls – my nieces who were traveling with us. Considering it was their first vacation out of the country, they were very excited and we decided to make it an ‘aha’ moment for them right from the word go; and the dolphins at Safari World it was going to be. They were very excited and we were hoping that the show turns out as good as it claimed to be.Rendezvous with #dolphins at Safari World in #Bangkok! @archanackapoor #TravelwithArchie Click To Tweet
The first day of our vacation was spent at the Safari World. The place is divided into two – Marine Park and Safari Park and it is nobody’s guess where we were headed first. The Marine Park turned out to be an amazing place that houses a vast spectrum of animals of land, sea and air. While there are many attractions there like the Jungle Cruise river ride, a water flume ride through the jungles of Africa and Asia, 7 exciting shows daily, spectacular Spy War action stunts, water skiing, Hollywood cowboy stunts, birds, orang-utan boxing, and sea lions, hundreds of exhibits featuring white tigers, fantasy carp garden, tapir kingdom, crocodile garden and many more; our main point of interest was the dolphin show.
As we entered the show area and took our seats, there was a crazy amount of excitement in the air. To be honest, while we did see a lot of children there, I think they were outnumbered by the sheer numbers of adults present. I guess the appeal value of our friends – the dolphins, cuts across all ages, isn’t it? And as the show started… the roars from the crowds were deafening. I have been a great fan of dolphins and in fact have also been part of an esteemed scientific expedition across the Mediterranean Sea studying Spanish dolphins many many years back. You could read about it here. And so it was no small wonder that along with the sweet voices of my nieces yelling away on seeing them do flips in the air, I heard mine too!
The show was everything that one would expect from dolphins. One does have great expectations from those lovely looking, always smiling aquatic marine mammals. They have very well-developed hearing which is adapted for both air and water, such that some can survive even if they are blind. No wonder as the cheering of the crowds grew louder and louder, the smiles on the dolphin faces were even more exuberant; we could feel their smiles and happiness. It is such a wonder that these wonderful beings love being with us humans so much.
They did it all to make us blissful. Somersaulting in mid-air, tossing balls with their fins, deep diving and suddenly appearing at the other end, allowing the divers to ride on their back while they did their underwater swim, kissing the brave ones who went forward, singing in a chorus! You name it and you got it. Their effortless mastery of the most difficult tricks makes one wonder where these creatures come from. They manage to captivate their audience each time, every time. Graceful, swift, intelligent, fun-loving… the list of adjectives for them is endless. I’ve seen the dolphin show at Sentosa Island in Singapore too, but this one was far better. At the end of it we were all happy Samaritans.
Here are some of the pictures that I managed to click despite being enthralled and not touching the camera for most part of the show.
Do you like dolphins? Have you ever had a tete-a-tete with them? Do tell me about it.
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