Whether you like adrenaline-pumping rides, hurtling your way down a slide or just wiling the afternoon away as you float down a lazy river, a trip to any of these five epic waterparks in Asia is just what you’ll need to beat the heat.
With 17 world-class water slides and attractions at different thrill levels, Waterbom Bali has something to cater to everyone. Explore the Funtastic zone with the little ones, where a playground in the middle of a pool full of water cannons, slides and more awaits; or challenge your significant other on the Twin Racers, a unique head first mat ride.
For photo enthusiasts, a good vantage point would be from the top of the towers, where you’ll be able to take photos of the entire park, peppered with dazzling and colourful water slides surrounded by lush greenery. Until September, the park will be having their annual SOL Sessions, with plenty of activities such as eco-friendly hair styling sessions using flowers and plants from Waterbom Bali’s own garden, a midday pick-me-up at the Sugar Shack, and international DJs playing party anthems come sundown.
Waterplay @ Escape Theme Park Penang
Nestled in a forested section of Teluk Bahang in Penang, Waterplay is part of Escape – an adventure-themed amusement park with fun and challenging activities such as ziplining. The Waterplay portion has loads of cool water rides, among them the Banana Flip slide which propels riders own a near-vertical chute and sends them flying into the air into a pool, and the Speed Racer, which sees riders zooming down colourful, multiple-lane slides on mats. The latest addition to the waterpark is the world’s longest water slide – spanning one kilometre – which is set to open in August. The attraction will see riders ascending 420 metres up to the top of a hill by chairlift, before zooming their way down into a pool, a journey that will take a whopping four minutes.
Caribbean Bay, Seoul
We can’t mention epic waterparks without having Caribbean Bay on the list. Considered to be the world’s largest indoor and outdoor waterpark, it covers a total area of over 200 square kilometres and is further divided into sub-zones, each with its own specialty attractions. The Sea Wave area is home to one of the largest outdoor wave pools in South Korea, capable of generating two-metre high artificial waves, while the Wild River section features extreme water activities, such as the Tower Boomerang Go, which sends tubers sliding down a 90-degree slope.
Ramayana Water Park, Thailand
Thailand’s largest waterpark in Pattaya offers thrills and spills in the form of unique water rides, be it gentle swings and relaxing river rides with caves and geysers, to heart pumping ones such as the Masterblaster and AquaLoop, where riders are propelled through a launch capsule. Float along the 600-metre-long Lazy river as you take in the beautiful sights of the park’s surrounding hills and lakes, or explore the park’s many sculptures and buildings, which are themed to look like an ancient city. Another place to check out is the double wave pool, which has its own 150-metre wide beach and pool bar. There is also a dry area with attractions such as a floating market, a maze and waterfalls.
Adventure Cove Waterpark, Singapore
Part of Singapore’s famous Sentosa Island resort, Adventure Cove not only offers thrilling slides and family-friendly rides, but also unique experiences such as upclose encounters with marine life. The park is home to over 20,000 tropical fish, and visitors can also interact with rays at the Ray Bay, meet magnificent bottlenose dolphins at the Dolphin Island, or swim inches away from sandbar sharks and hammerheads at the Shark Encounter experience. There’s no shortage of rides, whether it’s swirling rides with banks and sharp turns in the dark, or funnel-shaped ones that send riders plunging at high speeds down into the pool.