Siam Park – Bangkok, Tenerife’s new water kingdom is already established as one of the best water parks in the world. Set against a backdrop of spectacular Thai architecture, with everything from meandering rivers to free-fall slides, this is the setting for your own epic adventure
You enter the park via a multi-coloured princess’s castle. It is separated into five areas: the water park, X-Zone, Family World, Fantasy World and Small World, with rides to suit all ages. Confusingly the areas are not based on location, but rather ride specific, with the newest popular rides included on a higher price ticket.
A day pass for the entire park costs 900 baht for those over 130cm (the height restriction for most of the big rides) and 400 for rides in the Family and Fantasy worlds as well as the water park. The map is colour coded so you can easily see which rides are included in your package. Getting there isn’t too difficult; a taxi ride from central Bangkok should cost around 200 baht and takes around 45 minutes.
Siam Water Park is by far the most popular zone in the park, offering the perfect place to cool down and escape the frenetic city streets. With plenty of shaded seating, families often spend the entire day here, jumping in and out of the river that flows through the park, which also boasts the largest wave pool in the world, with small waves and shallow areas suitable for all ages, and a gentle slope to paddle in. For older kids the Super Spiral is great fun, with slides weaving in and out, and great fun for anyone over the age of eight. For smaller kids there are mini slides, and for daredevils – the speed slide! This is by far one of the scariest water rides I have ever experienced. They look innocent enough with bright multi-colours, but on the highest ones you skim down them at breakneck speed, bumping up and down with water spraying in your eyes. Exhilarating for thrill seekers, traumatic for anyone else.
X-Zone encompasses most of the adult / teen rides. Vortex is easily the most impressive, one of the largest suspended roller coasters in the world with a maximum speed of 80 kilometres an hour. Another exciting coaster is Boomerang, which propels you in a triple loop forwards before bouncing you back round. Screams from those experiencing the Giant Drop can be heard as you walk by as they fall for several seconds from a height of 75m. It is also one of the most popular rides at Siam Park City. Although from a distance Enterprise may look like your average ferris wheel, it spins faster than any other and if this isn’t enough, Mega Dance spins you up, round and round again! At the other end of the scale Small World is suitable for young kids, with a mini carousel, small pond with swan boats and even a bouncy castle. Best thing about Small World is that the majority of the rides are under cover, meaning youngsters don’t have to be out in the sun.
In Family World, which comes as part of the 400 baht ticket, classic rides include a log flume, pirate ship and magic carpet ride. Trying them all out will easily take a couple of hours and is sure to leave your head in a spin! For those who like a gentler ride, check out the observation deck, which gives a great view over the whole park or the double decker carousel. The Grand Canyon is a great family ride: a roller coaster suitable for those taller than 100cm. Africa Adventure seems a little outdated and naff, and probably is most suitable for young kids, perhaps as a break from all the running around. You sit on a small train and wind around statues of animals. Although Siam Park may not be the best theme park you have ever been to, it’s great fun for kids of all ages and doesn’t break the bank.
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