Wow, I love the Bangkok Super Giant Carnival! Imagine yourself being immersed in a carnival land with thrilling rides and endless game booths with over 100,000 tempting prizes waiting to be yours. Well, that was exactly my experience at the Bangkok Super Giant Carnival!
Although this was a weekday evening with scattered evening thunderstorms (as is typical during the monsoon), I decided to head to the carnival anyway, having heard about it for quite a while from my friends.
Being at the carnival on a drizzly weekday evening has its own advantages, with much a smaller crowd and virtually no waiting time before playing most of the game booths.
Despite the intermittent light drizzle, it was truly an amazing evening with the thrilling rides and all the colorful game booths (with myriads of prizes) as far as the eyes can see. Here are general views of this carnival during my evening arrival prior to sunset.
And into the early nighttime hours…
Among all the rides being offered at the carnival, this ‘Viking’ ride seemed to be the most daring, as it swung almost 180 degrees from either side, sending all the participants into frenzied screams! This ride seemed a tad too ‘thrilling’ for me, and is definitely not for the lighthearted.
Another close-up view of the thrilling Viking Ride…
This ‘Sudden Impact’ machine seemed to be a big hit among revelers, with long lines despite the light evening monsoon rain.
Here’s a close-up view of the wildly popular ‘Sudden Impact’ ride at Bangkok’s Super Giant Carnival. Revelers seemed to have great fun on the ride!
This ‘flying saucer’ machine seemed to be a favorite among revelers, with a persistent long line of people waiting to experience its fun, which seems much less heart-stopping or scary compared to the ‘Viking’ ride.
Awww! I would have loved to try out this seemingly fun ride, as did numerous revelers, but it was out of service for the night! Until next time…
Time to play games and win prizes! With a plethora of game booths and over 100,000 tempting prizes waiting to come home with you, it was no surprise I had such a great time with all the game booths, and yes, I won 3 prizes that I took home with me! However, each game didn’t come cheap, and cost on average 4 token coins (1 token coin = 25 Thai Baht). Here’s a general view of game booths lining one of the carnival ‘avenues.’
My favorite game for the night was the ‘fishing’ game. This game features a large circular pond chock full of colorful rubber fish floating the waters in a clockwise motion. In each game, the player uses the game’s fishing net with a magnet attached to ‘fish out’ three rubber fish. Beneath each fish is a number, presumably ranging from 1 to 5. The player wins a small prize if the three numbers sum to 4 or 5, a medium prize if it sums to 6 or 7, with progressively larger prizes being won with even larger scores.
A closer view of the ‘Fishing Game’ and the prizes that await. Can you guess which ones I won home?
For instance, in my first game, my cumulative score from the 3 fish I pulled out was 5, thus entitling me to a small green Keroppi doll. In my second game, my cumulative score was 7, thereby entitling me to a medium prize, a large brown anime doggy doll, haha!
Wow! This ‘Wheel of Fortune’ game was absolutely amazing! The player simply spins the wheel one time, and prizes are won based upon the color in which the wheel stops, as per the following rule: Dark Blue = Large Prize, Green = Medium Prize, Yellow = Minor Prize, and Red = No Prize. To my surprise and delight, my wheel stopped at the color GREEN (my personal favorite color), thus entitling me to a large blue Japanese anime kitty doll.
This game involves the player throwing small sacks at the pile of cans in the front. The player wins a large prize if all the cans are hit from the pedestal, and three trials are allowed per game. Believe me, this is harder than it looks!
Another similar game, whereby players will have to hit all the cans down from the pedestal within three throws.
I’d call this the ‘ball rolling’ game. The player releases a small rubber ball, which will eventually roll down and enter one of the compartments labeled with a number. Prizes are won if the numbers from each of the three trials added up to a minimum of 7. This game requires significant skill, concentration, and a dose luck?
The ‘hoop throwing’ game seemed so fun, and I gotta come back for this one! This game involves the player throwing small rubber hoops at a large group of bottles, and prizes are won if the hoops land through the mouth(s) of the glass bottle(s). Wishing these players the best of luck!
Wanna win this game? Then you’ll have to throw rubber balls into the basket in the front. Looks easy? Think again! Those rubber balls bounce like crazy, and seem to bounce off those baskets even with my lightest throws! Perhaps I’ll have to be gentler…
This is a ‘coin throwing’ game, whereby players throw coins into a platform, and prizes are won pursuant to where the coins land and presumably what the associated score is.
Or players can choose play the ‘Bowling Game’ and win prizes as in the photo below…
Hungry? Not to worry, as numerous fast food outlets await visitors, such as this McDonald’s booth which offers popcorns, pies, and milkshakes.
Or this stall which sells mouthwatering German-style sausages.
The Super Giant Carnival is held in Lakeside Impact Muang Thong Thani, located in the northern suburb of Bangkok metropolis.
The Carnival runs in Bangkok from April 21st to May 29th, 2011. For more information on this amazing Carnival please visit its official website via the following link:
Have fun at the Carnival! And happy travelling, wherever you are in Thailand, and around the world!
Lat (Ratasit C.)