Whew, it’s hot outside! Check out one of these water parks in or near Bangkok.
Fantasia Lagoon provides hours of swimming, splashing and sliding fun; it is especially great for toddlers and younger kids. In addition to shallow pools and water playgrounds, the park offers large slides, whirlpools and a lazy river. With branches at The Mall Ngamwongwan, Bang Khae and Bang Kapi, Fantasia Lagoon parks are situated on the top floor of the malls, featuring expansive city views from atop the tallest slides and easy options in terms of food and snacks.
Skippy Water Land is located at Plus Mall on Kanjanapisek Road in Thonburi. It’s the perfect summer outlet for young children, from ages 1 to 7. Knee-deep water makes it a relatively safe environment for free play. The relatively small enclosure includes 3 large slides, a complex water playground, multiple fountains and toddler play features. Plus Mall features a large selection of food chains and small market stalls for those needing a break from the heat.
Take a day trip to Siam Park City on the outskirts of the city. In operation for over three decades, Siam Park is Bangkok’s original and most famous recreational water park, featuring huge swimming pools, towering waterslides and an expansive simulated wave pool. Facilities are a bit dated, but one highlight is the 400-metre Super Spiral waterslide. The complex also encompasses an amusement park, making it ideal for an entire day of play.
Located inland in Hua Hin, two hours by car from Bangkok, Black Mountain Water Park is fitted with modern equipment, including a 17-metre high tower with nine different slides (suitable for children ages 5 and up). The park also features a wave pool, lazy river, beach pool and kids’ pool, offering a day of fun for all. Younger children can splash and play in a shallow pool area fitted with various slides and climbing equipment.
A relatively new water park, Vana Nava is among Thailand’s largest water theme parks. It is located in Hua Hin’s city centre near the InterContinental Hua Hin Resort and Cicada Market. Spanning 3.2 hectares, the jungle-themed water park features over 19 attractions. One highlight (for the daring set) includes Thailand’s first Abyss slide, where up to six riders soar together from a height of 28 meters, share several near-vertical spins and then plummet into a huge funnel at speeds that surpass 45 kilometres per hour. In addition, the park’s Wild Water zone boasts a number of adrenaline-inducing rides and slides for adults and teens. For younger kids, the Rain Fortress features seven slides that connect to a child-friendly pool. A separate kids’ pool sports interactive fountains and play structures, including slides.
Another relatively new park, Santorini Water Fantasy is located in Cha-am, Petchaburi, right off the main road that takes you into Hua Hin. It is about an 1.5 hour drive from Bangkok. The park, adjacent to the Santorini Park mall, offers 5 thrilling rides, including the highlight Ares’s King Cobra, a 78-meter long, 15-meter high serpent-shaped slider with many twists and curves that can take riders up to speeds as high as 51 kilometres per hour. Height restrictions apply and this park is definitely better suited for older teens.
If you or the kids are fans of the television game show called Wipeout, Splashdown is the place for you! Located off Sukhumvit Road (in Pattaya Klang), this adventure water park features 8 attractions, including a tall 50-foot inflatable waterslide, zorb racers, and the big red balls that test your (anti-wipeout) skills. Such thrills are best suited for older kids and teens. Safety equipment, including helmets, life jackets and waterproof shoes, is provided.
The world’s first Cartoon Network-themed water park, the relatively new Cartoon Network Amazone sits on 5.7 hectares in Bang Saray, about a 90 minute drive from Bangkok (and a 20 minute drive from Pattaya). Ten themed entertainment zones, based on popular CN television shows like Ben 10, Adventure Time and The Powerpuff Girls, offer fun for the whole family. Highlights include high speed water roller coasters, a lazy river and Cartoonival, the world’s largest aqua playground boasting 150 different water features. There’s also a Megawave pool for some beach-inspired action, among many other attractions.
The latest water park to open, Jurassic Water Park is about an hour drive from Bangkok, in Nakon Pathom. This park features a day of inexpensive fun in the sun. Attractions include several zones of water play, with inflatable slides, play equipment and obstacle courses – all amidst a dinosaur theme. Shallow pools make this park great for younger kids.