Summer break is an exciting time for children. Many families take vacations in the summer, often choosing destinations with theme parks or entertainment centers. Asia provides plenty of opportunities to drop by an international theme park and experience exciting activities both for children and adults. Now, let’s discover Top 6 best amusement parks in Asia and best theme parks in Asia for your perfect family vacations below.
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Siam Park City, Thailand
Siam Park City has recently become very popular among Southeast Asean families. The park offers many interesting family activities such as swimming pools, roller coasters, and Thai massage, all at reasonable prices.
Siam Park City is famous for having the largest artificial lake in the world, the Sea of Bangkok, which is 1,200 square meters. This lake secured a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. It makes you feel as though you are actually swimming in the middle of Bangkok. There are shallow areas with little waves for children, as well as a turbulent Super Spiral section. If the rough-and-tumble swimming makes your muscles ache, you can visit the massage center for 300 Baht/hour.
Siam Park City consists of five “worlds”—Water Park, Family World, X- Zone, Fantasy World and Small World for kids. Each year the park receives 2 million guests from all over the world.
X- Zone will take your breath away with its exciting activities for adults and children over 1.3m. Its most popular attraction is Vortex, a massive roller coaster that reaches speeds up to 80km/hour. Other rides include the three-spiraled Boomerang, the Mega Dance, and the 75 meter high Giant. Don’t be surprised if you hear screams and shouts as you approach the park!
If you are traveling with children, be sure to stop by Small World. This park is perfect for young families, featuring a Mini Carousel, Motorcycles, Mini Boats and Mini Astrofighters. The Small World castle is an ideal place to find shade and refreshment on scorching hot days. Family World—another section of the complex—features themed areas and attractions such as Dinotopia and Jurassic Adventure, African Adventure, and the Big Double Shock haunted house.
The park is surrounded by restaurants and carts selling food, drinks and ice cream at reasonable prices. The entrance ticket to Siam Park City includes a lunch buffet featuring Thai, Indian and European dishes.
+ Address: 203 Suan Sayam Road, Khannayao District, Bangkok.
+ Entrance ticket (fee, prices): Adults: 30USD/day; children (under 1.3m): 25 USD/day.
More details can be found at www.siamparkcity.com/
+ How to get to Siam Park City: The fastest way to get to Siam Park City from central Bangkok is by taxi. The trip will take about 45 minutes and cost around 2000 baht. Remind the taxi driver to turn on the meter.
Legoland Malaysia, located in Nusajnaya, Johor Bahru, is the first Lego Park in Asia. It opened in September 2012 and now offers 40 games, roller coasters, shows and activities for the whole family. The park is decorated with huge Lego structures designed and built by artists. The artists have constructed several of Asia’s grandest sites, including the Great Wall, Angkor Wat and the Taj Mahal, using tens of millions of Lego blocks.
Previously, you had to fly to the USA, UK or Germany to explore this special type of park, but now there is one as close as Malaysia.
At Legoland you will have the chance to assemble your own Lego car and enter it in races. You can also see models of dinosaurs, or enter ancient Egypt at Pharaoh’s World at the Land of Adventure. Star Wars fans will be delighted by the park’s 2,000 Star Wars themed models.
If you want to cool off during a hot summer day, drop by Legoland Water Park, next to the theme park. The waterpark has more than 20 tube slides and 70 lego models. You can even “Build-A-Raft” from soft Lego blocks and float along the lazy river. You can also join the Aqua Zine Wave Racer water shooting game. Before you leave, stop by the Observation Tower to get a view of the whole Lego Complex.
Visiting Legoland is very convenient, as you do not need to worry about finding accommodations. The Legoland Hotel is located right inside the park and features rooms decorated with Kingdom, Pirate and Adventure themes, a perfect place for children after an activity-packed day.
+ Address: Legoland, 7, Jalan Legoland, Medini, 79250 Nusajaya, Johohr.
+ Entrance tickets (prices): Adult (12+): RM 196. Children: RM 156 for tickets booked online seven days in advance at www.legoland.com.my/book-visit/day-tickets.
+ How to go to legoland malaysia: From Kuala Lumpur, Terminal Bersepadu Selatan Station in Berjaya Times Square, you can take a bus to Johor Bahru (a 4–5 hour trip). More information about buses can be found at: www.legoland.com.my/planning-your-visit/how-to-get-here/bus-service.
Ocean Park, Hong Kong
Extreme thrill fans cannot miss Ocean Park in Hong Kong, which is famous for the Abyss Tower’s 56 meter free fall, and the Hair Raiser, Hong Kong’s fastest coaster reaching 88 kmh. The park also features 20 other coasters. Visitors to Ocean Park enjoy seeing cable cars cross the park between the Summit and Waterfront areas.
The Park is 870,000 square meters and contains an indoor water park, an aquarium, a zoo and an amusement park. You and your family will have the chance to see marine animals such as jellyfish, dolphins, and sea dogs, and to learn more about marine ecosystems and environmental protection. You can also visit world-famous animals, like the panda couple An An and Jia Jia, the monkey couple Le Le and Hu Hu, and other rare species such as red pandas, giant iguanas and Chinese crocodiles.
Ocean Park offers three educational shows per day, featuring performances from dolphins and see dogs. The Birds Theatre allows audience members to interact with hunting birds like eagles and vultures, and the Arctic Wolf Den offers a comprehensive view of this species’ lifestyle. The show ticket is included in the entrance ticket.
+ Address: Ocean Park, Aberdeen, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 3923 2323
+ Entrance tickets (fees, prices): Adult (12+): $438. Children (3-11): $219.
+ How to get to Ocean Park: Ocean Park is open all days except for major holidays. To get the park, take bus #629 near MTR Admiralty (B Terminal),or bus #171 from Lai Chi Kok South Horizons to Aberdeen Tunnel Toll Plaza. More information can be found at: www.oceanpark.com.hk
+ Events: Ocean Park secured a prestigious Applause Award which “honours an amusement park whose management, operations and creative accomplishments have inspired the industry with their foresight, originality and sound business development.”
Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Snow White, and Peter Pan have been a significant part of many childhoods across many generations. A child’s trip to Disneyland is a journey to paradise, and an adult’s trip to Disneyland is a journey back to childhood.
Located in Urayasu, Chiba, East Tokyo, Disneyland Tokyo is a branch of the Disney franchise that includes Disneyland in California and Magic Kingdom in Florida (USA). The park is divided into seven themed areas: World Bazaar, Tomorrowland, Toontown, Fantasyland, Critter Country, Westernland and Adventureland. Every morning there is a parade of popular cartoon characters and each evening there is a two hour light show.
The DisneySea park, inspired by ocean myths, sets the park apart from its competitors and attracts the fourth largest number of park visitors in the world.
Located at the park entrance is the Mediterranean Harbour, which resembles Italy’s Venice Harbour with romantic channels, the magnificent MiraCosta Hotel, and delicate gondola boats. In the middle of the park sits the Mysterious Island, inspired by Jules Verne’s fiction. Here you can take part in a journey to the center of the earth using the most advanced scientific vehicles. Other must-see destinations include Mermaid Lagoon, the Arabian Coast and Port Discovery.
The best time to visit Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea is between May and June when the weather is ideal and there are not too many visitors. Weekends are often busy—you may have to queue for several hours. Each day at the park will cost at least 10,000 yen, including food, drink and souvenirs.
+ Address: 〒279-0031 Chiba Prefecture, Urayasu, Maihama, １−１
+ Entrance tickets: Adult’s (18+) day ticket: 7,400 yen (18+); Juniors (12–17): 6,400; and children (4–11): 4,800. Details can be found at www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/ticket.
+ How to get to Disneyland Tokyo: The easiest way to reach Tokyo Disneyland is by train, which will take about 20 minutes from Tokyo central gas station to Maihama, right at the park entrance. More information can be found at: www.tokyodisneyresort.jp
Everland, South Korea
Just one hour from Seoul, Everland entertainment park is Korea’s first family park. The park has five themed lands, Global Fair, Magic Land, Zootopia, European Adventure, and American Adventure. As the biggest entertainment park in Korea, it may take your family several days to explore the entire area.
Children who want to experience thrilling high speeds should go on the T–Express ride, which is 1779 meters long and the sixth longest wooden roller coaster in the world. It can reach a top speed of 104 km/h at a 77 degree angle . Those who love nature can explore the French-style four season garden that features more than 140 types of tulips, lilies (from June to August) and daisies (from September to October). Zootopia is home to wild animals from all over the world, such as horses, tigers, lions, elephants, penguins, and domestic animals like goats, sheep and dogs.
Everland is open all week with daily shows. On the weekends there are parades and concerts from famous music artists.
+ Address: 199, Everland-ro, Pogsok-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do.
+ Entrance tickets: 54.000 won/day for adult and 43.000 won/day for children.
+ How to get to everland: From Seoul, Gangnam station (Seoul metro number 2) at Gate 10, take the 5002 bus to Everland. Traveling time is 50 minutes . More details can be found at: www.everland.com/web/multi/english/everland/main.html.
Universal Studios, Singapore
For just 35 Singaporean dollars, the Sentosa Express train will take you from the center of Singapore to WaterFront station next to Universal Studios. The first movie theme park in Southest Asia has seven zones with 24 displays inspired by Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. Eighteen of these are unique to Singapore Park. You and your family will get to experience spectacular scenes from the Mummy, Transformers, Jurassic Park, Shrek and Madagascar without having to travel all the way to the United States.
The most crowded zone in Universal Studios is Hollywood Avenue near the central lake. At one end of the avenue, costumed characters pose for pictures with visitors. Don’t forget to enjoy delicious New York style pizza at the Louis NY Pizza Parlor and other tasty dishes from KT’s Grill. If you are interested in the prehistoric, drop by The Lost World, which features fossilized Jurassic dinosaurs and insects as well as water games.
Queues tend to be long at this park. If you don’t have much time, prioritize visiting Transformers, Revenge of the Mummy, the Jurassic Park water world, and Far Far Away.
Don’t forget the evening performances. These include Wings of Time near the sea; Crane Dance, the world’s biggest puppet show; and the fireworks show by the lake near Hollywood Avenue. These performances attract many tourists and often last between five and 20 minutes. Ask for show times and arrive early to get good seats.
+ Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
More details can be found at: www.rwsentosa.com/Homepage/Attractions/UniversalStudiosSingapore.
+ Entrance tickets: Adults (13–59): S$74. Children (4–12): S$54
+ How to get to Universal Studio Singapore: From the center of Singapore, take the Sentosa Express to Water Front Station, right at the entrance of Universal Studios.