May 26, 2012

3 Things To Do At Suoi Tien Park

Suoi Tien Park

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A theme park that is light on the rides and heavy on the Buddhist temples and walk-through attractions, Suoi Tien Park is one of the more interesting theme park concepts in the world. Located in District 9 about 25 kilometers outside of the center of Ho Chi Minh City, Suoi Tien Park is an architectural and design marvel. It’s undoubtedly Southeast Asia’s most unique theme park experience.

Beautifully Crafted Statutes & Amazing Landscaping

Suoi Tien Park Image

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The landscaping is superbly manicured, and not a detail was spared in the construction of the park. Enormous statues of dragons, snakes, elephants, Buddha’s and other religious symbols are cleverly weaved into the landscaping of the park. Above-ground, delicately-lit “rock caves” house small Buddhist temples.

…With Theme Park Attractions

Of course, it wouldn’t be a “theme park” if it didn’t have rides, and Suoi Tien Park hosts all of the standard amusement park attractions, including two ferris wheels, a classic viking ship ride, and bumper cars. It also has a paintball zone, beautiful gardens, a water park, a nearly full-size zoo and aquatic center, and much more. The park’s many attractions are spread throughout landscapes that depict Vietnam’s rich history alongside Buddhist imagery.

Suoi Tien Park Photo

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Entrance to the park is VND 50,000 for adults, and VND 25,000 for kids, but each attraction within the park costs a little extra. Each additional attraction within the park will run you anywhere from VND 5,000 to VND 60,000.

There’s a lot to do here. Just remember that ticket booths are scattered throughout the park, and like most of the park’s attractions, they too are housed within statues. Here are the top 3 must-see attractions at Suoi Tien Park.

The Top 3 Must-See Attractions At Suoi Tien Park

Longest Roller Coaster In Vietnam

Suoi Tien Park Picture
Tàu Lượn Siêu Tốc, the lone roller coaster at Suoi Tien Park, is the longest roller coaster in Vietnam. The roller coaster measures at 1,200 metres and floats high above the park’s greenery and beautiful pond, Đại Cung Lạc Cảnh Hồ.

A ridiculously slow ascent along creaky tracks begins the ride. Just before the first drop you’ll have perfect views of the entire park, and even see some of central HCMC. About a minute and a half later you’ll have gotten the perfect tour of the park, before you move onto the next attraction.

Crocodile Kingdom

Suoi Tien Park Crocodiles

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There aren’t many places in the world where you can stand practically surrounded by thousands of crocodiles and feed them. At Crocodile Kingdom you’ll be within several feet of about 1,500 crocodiles while standing at a viewing/walkway area. For VND 2,000, you’ll have the opportunity to feed the crocs meat off of the end of fishing poles.

Suoi Tien Park Crocodile Photo

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The park farms crocodiles and sells crocodile goods, as well as crocodiles themselves! What other theme park offers you the opportunity to walk away with your very own baby crocodile? Enter at your own risk…

Child-Friendly Water Park

Suoi Tien Park Pictures

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The water park at Suoi Tien is beautifully decorated, and a cool, often necessary escape from the hot sun. But you won’t find great thrills and massive slides here. The park is targeted towards children, and on a hot day, you’ll find a lot of them here. This park is a safer, and more entertaining choice for younger children than the other nearby water park, Dam Sen Water Park. With short lines, beautiful design, and plenty of supervision, the park is perfect for families with young children.

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