Water parks in Bangkok

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You don’t need us to tell you that Bangkok weather can get brutal. Perpetually scorching and unforgivingly muggy, it doesn’t offer much relief. This is tough on everyone, but it’s especially rough for families with young kids. So when it’s just too toasty outside to play in Lumphini Park, head to a different and decidedly cooler park and get ready to splash around. Water parks offer a way to beat the heat while still getting the family outdoors.

All of Bangkok’s aquatic attractions are a bit of a haul from the city center. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though. The area around them tends to be quieter and the air a whole lot cleaner than what you’d find around Sukhumvit. Plus, once you’re at the water park, there’s very little reason to leave. So grab the little ones (or the not-so-little ones) and make a day-trip of it.

Siam Park City
Siam Park City

Part of a massive entertainment complex, Siam Park City has just about everything. You can purchase tickets for only the water park to save money, but day passes are fairly cheap and it’s worth shelling out to be able to enjoy the whole park. While you’re there, take a walk around Family World, or take your youngest children to Small World. The main draw though is, naturally, the water park centering around a series of chutes and slides, as well as a massive wave pool. It is designed to look like an actual beach, complete with rocks and waterfalls. The waves are on the tame side, which makes this better suited to family fun then surfers (older kids and fans looking to catch some serious waves should instead check out Flow House on Sukhumvit Soi 26). The water slides provide enough thrills to keep older kids interested, but aren’t scary enough to frighten off younger ones. Buses 60, 71, 96, 115, 168 and 519 travel to the park; 203 Suan Siam Rd., Kannayao; 66-2/919-7200; siamparkcity.com; day passes from Bt420 for adults and Bt120 for kids between 100 and 130 centimetres tall. Water park passes are Bt330.

Dream World
dream world
Dream World is not exactly a water park, but we can’t leave out one of the best known and loved of Bangkok’s amusement parks. The place isn’t exactly cutting-edge, and its age is beginning to show. Still, Dream World’s attractions are many, and it continues to be popular with all age brackets. Those looking to splash around should be sure to check out the Grand Canyon ride, which sends visitors down an artificial river full of twists, turns and, yes, white-water rapids. If you manage to stay dry through the experience, head to the Super Splash, a log flume-style ride guaranteed to drench the entire family. Tamer rides suitable to very young children include the Bicycle Boats and Bump Boats. Bus 188 from Mo Chit or Bus 538 from Victory Monument stop at Dream World; 62 Moo 1 Rangsit-Ongkarak Rd., Tembol Bungyeetho, Amphur Thanyaburi, Pathumthai; 66-2/577-8666; dreamworld.co.th; full-day packages with multiple entrance fees from Bt1,200.

Photos courtesy of: Siam City Park and Dream World

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