World's largest dinosaur show in Bangkok

Plateosaurus. (Photos: Patrick Murphy)

A troupe of 18 dinosaurs will be seen roaming Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani, for the next three months.

This is the second time the Thai audience will be left in awe, eye to eye with the extinct reptiles that have been brought back to life in the globally acclaimed production "Walking With Dinosaurs -- The Arena Spectacular", which will return to the Kingdom with 10 shows from Sept 12-15.

Hailed as the world's biggest and best dinosaur show, watched by over 9 million people in 250 cities across the globe, the live theatrical arena show first visited Bangkok nine years ago with 15 life-size dinosaurs recreated to give us a picture of what the primeval world was like.

The new version, however, features updated, state-of-the-art technology and a total of 18 gigantic creatures of actual size representing nine separate species from the entire 200-million-year reign of the dinosaurs.

They include the Tyrannosaurus Rex, the terror of the ancient terrain; the Plateosaurus and Liliensternus from the Triassic period; the Stegosaurus, Brachiosaurus and Allosaurus from the Jurassic period; as well as Torosaurus, Ankylosaurus and Utahraptor from the Cretaceous period.

Stegosaurus and Allosaurus. photo by Patrick Murphy

The largest of them, the Brachiosaurus, is 11m tall and 17m from nose to tail. It took a team of 50 -- including engineers, fabricators, skin makers, artists, painters and animatronic experts -- a year to build this US$20 million (623.8 million baht) production.

Based on an award-winning BBC television series of the same title, the show will once again take the audience to explore the history of the world -- from the splitting of the earth's continents to the transition from the arid desert of the Triassic period to the lush green prairies and forces of the later Jurassic -- and what forced the extinction of the dinosaurs.

This updated production will premiere in Bangkok on Sept 12 at 6.30pm, followed by three rounds a day at 10.30am, 2.30pm and 6.30pm from Sept 13-15.

Tickets cost 600, 800, 1,200, 1,700, 2,200 and 2,700 baht and can be purchased from Thai Ticket Major (http://thaiticketmajor.com).

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