Waterparks and Theme Parks in Pattaya
Pattaya has many different attractions and as it becomes more family-orientated we are seeing more waterparks and theme parks open. Like you would find at any top waterpark anywhere in the world, the ones in Pattaya include wave pools, lazy rivers and of course the high-speed slides to really get the adrenaline pumping.
There is no disputing that Pattaya has a fantastic selection of water sports available at the seafront but the sheer numbers of speedboats and jet skis can make Pattaya Bay a rather frightening if not dangerous experience. At the waterparks, you can have fun in the water just in a far more controlled environment with trained lifeguards on hand when the parks are open. On top of that refreshments in clean surroundings are easily available as well as shower facilities.
The famous tower at Pattaya Park is something that every resident of Jomtien and Pattaya will be very familiar with. The tower is 240 metres tall and hosts three revolving restaurants along with offering a zipline down to the ground if you so wish! Pattaya Park is both a waterpark and an amusement park so rightly heads this list.
Pattaya Park is located between Pratamnak and Jomtien off Thappraya Road and occupies a large beachfront location. Although the park has been in operation for a number of years, it still proves to be immensely popular. The beach itself is very clean and has lots of natural shaded areas. An added bonus is that there are very few people trying to disturb by wanting you to buy something. Overall, it has a very private and secluded feel about it that can only help you relax and enjoy your day.
When you think of amusement parks in Pattaya, ones containing a rollercoaster, Viking, monorail or carousel may not be what immediately springs to mind. The park is certainly aimed more at the younger generation so may be quite different to some of the amusement and theme parks that we are used to in Europe or North America. The rides at Pattaya Park are more akin to fairground rides but there is the jumping platform that is very much aimed at adults.
The jumping platform at Pattaya Park is, as you would expect, located on the Pattaya Park Tower of offers visitors three alternative ways of returning to solid ground. These are via the Sky Shutter, Speed Shutter or Tower Jump depending on your level of enjoyment of the extreme or how much you have eaten beforehand.
If you are interested in eating at Pattaya Park Tower you can take in the panoramic 360-degree views that are available from the revolving restaurants. At lunchtime, an excellent international buffet is available whilst in the evenings this switches to a seafood buffet that offers a superb choice of dishes. If the views are all you are interested in, then you can just go to the observation deck and forego the buffet.
The price of admission varies depending on the type of activity that you wish to do. The Tower is open from 11am until 10pm and has two types of ticket available, not surprisingly, including or excluding buffet. The Fun Park is open from 10am until 7pm and the ticket allows you entrance and a go on three rides. The waterpark is open the same times as the fun park and the ticket is for entrance and then can use all the facilities although refreshments are not included.
Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark
Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark, is far larger than Pattaya Park and indeed more modern. Describing itself as having “30 state-of-the-art” water rides and slides, the park is much like the waterparks that we might be used to in the west. Here you will find Disney style mascots, a large food court and of course plenty of entertainment put on by the park’s teams in a Cartoon Network theme. The waterpark is well designed with rides and activities for young children kept separate from those aimed at teens and adults.
You can find Cartoon Network on the beach side of the road as you head towards Sattahip on the Sukhumvit Road. It is an approximate 20 minute drive away, past Na Jomtien from Central Pattaya. The entertainment zone features characters from popular shows on Cartoon Network including The Powerpuff Girls, Gumball and Darwin, amongst many others. Going to Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark is an all day experience and there is plenty for the whole family to enjoy. For teens and adults, the Surfarena (a Flowrider designed for surfing and bodyboarding) and Mega Wave, are particular favourites.
For younger children, the Cartoonival area always seems to create some very serious excitement but be warned, you will get far wetter than you would at Songkran! Here you will find 150 sides, fountains, tubes and other attractions. Omniverse is aimed at thrill seekers and includes a water rollercoaster that has a number of freefalls, loops and generates some quite amazing g-forces. One of our favourite zones is the Adventure Zone and the Banana Spin ride that is effectively a high-speed tube ride in an enclosed environment that finishes with being washed down what could only be described as a plughole.
If you wish to break up you stay at the waterpark, we recommend that you visit Foodville. This is essentially an open air, but covered food hall that offers local and international cuisine including European, Japanese, Korean and Indian. As you would imagine, the prices are higher as is common with most theme parks in Thailand. Food is purchased using a waterproof credit band which you load with cash at the start of the day. This means that there is no need to carry your wallet or purse around with you.
If you just want to relax after your lunch, you can do so on one of the many loungers that you will find around the pools and rides. You can sit in the sun or in the shade – the choice is yours! In the evening, there is a selection of live shows including acrobats, digital light displays and all your favourite characters will also make an appearance.
Safety of all visitors is paramount and the park goes to great lengths to ensure this and visitors are supervised throughout their stay. The park is open from 10am until 6pm every day and the prices are THB1,80 for foreigners and THB1,200 for Thai citizens or those holding a Thai ID card.
Ramayana Water Park
Ramayana Water Park is the largest waterpark in Thailand and is set on 184,000sqm metres of land. The park opened in 2016 and can be found close to the Silverlake Vineyard and Buddha Hill in an area that is quickly growing in popularity, only around 30 minutes’ drive from Central Pattaya.
The park has 50 different slides and caters for all age groups from toddlers to adults making it the perfect place to spend a family day out. As you walk in, you will be greeted by a small lagoon area that is specifically designed for younger children. The area is covered to protect them from the harsh sun and you will find a wide selection of spray toys that can provide hours of amusement.
No chemicals are used in the water to make it as safe and as hygienic as possible for everyone. Instead, all the pools on the site use clean, fresh water from the park’s own wells. It is then filtered using the latest filtration system which, in theory, makes the water drinkable although this is probably not advisable.
At Ramayana, you will find three food areas, each of which is large enough to cater for the great swathes of visitors. In the adult pool, you will also find a swim up bar where you can relax and take in all the views of the surrounding area. If all that sounds too much, you could always head to a chill out area that includes private cabanas on top of a hill in the middle of a natural lake. Here you will also find rivers and waterfalls set in vast parkland. Alternatively, you could grab an inflatable ring and slowly float around the lazy river that goes around the foot of the hill.
If you are looking for little more action and excitement then you will be delighted to know that Ramayana also offers some high-speed rides and slides along with a double Flowrider for those looking to try a little surfing. There is also a teen activity pool and when required, a performance stage that includes a large LCD display, surrounded by a dual wave machine pool.
The facilities on site are superb and include secure lockers, plenty of shower and washroom facilities along with large amounts of parking. This park is an excellent way to spend a family day out in a safe yet very wet environment.
The park is reached by turning off Sukhumvit Road 3km south of Nong Nooch Gardens and following the road for around 7km. The park is open from 10am until 6pm every day and a variety of packages are available.