Children love to get wet on holiday, which is one reason why private villas with swimming pools have become such a popular vacation choice for families visiting Thailand. When the pool is not enough, a a trip to one of the Kingdom’s many Waterparks will keep those smiles on the young ones’ faces.
Having your own private pool to dip in and out of whenever you feel the urge is undoubtedly one of the key attractions of a private villa stay, especially in a property that is also by the sea, which adds a whole new dimension to the aquatic appeal. The kids can spend hours splashing about within safe watching distance of their parents, while the older members of the group can enjoy the holiday at their own pace, knowing the young ones are happy and entertained.
Sometimes, however, the kids (and even the adults) need the extra buzz of excitement that comes with a day trip; and luckily, top Thai holiday destinations like Phuket, Koh Samui and even Bangkok have plenty of options to keep everyone active and amused with everything from elephant riding to Scuba diving.
An increasingly popular activity for families on holiday in Thailand is a trip to a Waterpark and there’s a good choice of places to get wet and wild. Here are some top spots to take the plunge…
Splash Jungle, Phuket
The only full scale Waterpark on Phuket may not yet match the spectacular facilities on offer in places like Florida, Dubai or Tenerife, but it’s large, safe and varied enough to guarantee a fun family day out. Rides at the park include Boomerango,
which includes a reverse free fall that accelerates you over a 15-metre high transition bump; as well as the centrifugal thrill of the Superbowl,
a tube ride that includes some wild turns and spins. There’s also a cafe, poolside bar and restaurant onsite to keep everyone relaxed and satisfied throughout the day.
Another Aqua Park is slated to open on Phuket in mid-2014 (www.phuketaquapark.com)
Coco Splash Waterpark, Koh Samui
Ready to re-open this month after renovations, Koh Samui’s biggest Waterpark offers a choice of slides with suitably exciting names like Niagra, Funny Snake, Twister and bubble. Most of the rides are designed for fun rather than terror, and the park is therefore suitable of younger kids as well as the older ones in search of an adrenaline rush. Lifeguards are on duty at all times and the onsite restaurant serves meals, snacks and drinks all day. Parents can even arrange for a massage while the little ones slide away their pent up energy.
Koh Samui Ocean park
A relatively new addition to Koh Samui’s water-themed entertainment choices is Koh Samui Ocean Park – an adventure in the sea right off Bophut Beach. Billed as “Asia’s Biggest Ocean park”, the facility features a selection of inflatable obstacles surrounded by a protective floating boundary. The course will have kids sliding, jumping and bouncing around in the sea happily for hours and it sits right off the beach opposite the popular Starfish & Coffee restaurant and bar, so the parents can sip and snack while the offspring splash about to their hearts’ content.
Surf House, Phuket
An cool and exciting choice for older kids and young adults alike, Surf House Phuket is specifically set up to offer non-stop surf action with a party vibe. Located on Kata beach, the facility boasts sun, sand and surf in abundance and its the Double FlowRider provides a perfectly consistent wave that offers people of all ages and surfing levels a fun and somewhat surreal surfing experience. Surf House Phuket also hosts major events, such as Flow Tour Asia.
Siam Park City, Bangkok
For families spending a few days in the Thai capital on the way to or from their private island villa, there are plenty of options for day trips to one of the city’s many amusement parks. Set on 120 acres of land and welcoming some two million visitors a year from around the world, Siam Park City is considered the largest theme and water park in Southeast Asia. The wave pool is certified by the Guinness Book of Records as the largest in the world, covering an impressive 13,600 sqm, and even boasts its own man-made beach. In the last decade Siam Park City has continually expanded and now offers over 30 different rides.
by Wayne Hue