Looking for the best family theme parks in South East Asia? We’ve already looked at everything from all-day-passes to clear height restrictions (no disappointment for kids on the day), record breaking rides for teens, and plenty of gentle fun for toddlers too. Here are the best of the best according to our kids.
Siam Amazing Park, Bangkok, Thailand
Thailand’s longest running and most popular theme park and waterpark, Siam Amazing Park is also home to the world’s largest wave pool.
It covers more than 118 acres, and includes five different adventure zones: Extreme World, for older kids, teenagers and thrill seekers; Adventure World, for young explorers; Family World, fun for all ages; Small World, for the youngest adventurers; Bangkok World, which celebrates the architecture and history of the city.
Opening hours: open 7-days from 10am to 6pm.
Wild Wild Wet, Downtown East, Singapore
One of Singapore’s largest waterparks, and one of the 10 best in Asia, Wild Wild Wet covers all rides from adrenalin-pumping free fall to relaxing water slides.
In addition to the original nine slides and rides which made its name, the park now has seven more attractions including the Royal Flush: Asia’s first hybrid ride. Kraken Racers (see video) is Singapore’s first four-lane mat racer slide. Although serious thrill seekers need to try the Torpedo or Free Fall. Don’t worry, little splashers aren’t left out, the Kidz Zone is a lot of gentler but still fun excitement, so this is one of the family theme parks we can recommend for everyone.
Opening hours: open Monday to Friday from 12pm-6pm and closed on Tuesdays; Saturday, Sunday, school and public holidays from 11am-6pm.
Dunia Fantasi (Fantasy World), Jakarta, Indonesia
Located in Ancol Bay City, a resort destination on Jakarta’s waterfront, Dunia Fantasi has over 40 rides and attractions, divided into eight regions.
Travel round the world starting in Jakarta, journeying across Indonesia, discovering Asia and Africa, exploring America then Europe, and ending up in captivating Fantasi Hikayat (Legendary Fantasy). Along the way kids can ride rollercoasters and log flumes, take a spin on Ferris wheels and spinning cups, or go for slightly gentler options like carousels and the cutest Hello Kitty adventure.
Opening hours: 10am-5pm Monday to Friday; 10am-7pm Saturday, Sunday
Dream World, Bueng Yitho, Thailand
Welcome to the Dream World land of make believe! Here dream-like experiences feature across four themed zones: Dream World Plaza with its wonderfully odd architecture; Dream Garden where a tranquil lake and cable car give you views of the whole park; Fantasy Land of fairy tales
with a castle, a bread house and a giant’s house, and Adventure Land with rides such as Train To Space, Viking, and Snowland. Apart from that, there is also the Colour of the World Parade and Hollywood action shows to enjoy on weekends.
Opening hours: 10am-5pm Monday to Friday. 10am-7pm Saturday and Sunday
Suoi Tien Theme Park, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Ever been to a Buddha-themed theme park? Well now you can! Located outside Ho Chi Minh City, the most popular attraction of Suoi Tien Theme Park is the Tien Dong – Ngoc Nu waterpark, which has the first artificial beach in Vietnam and an artificial waterfall. The waterpark is divided into two sections, one is child friendly and while the other is geared up for adults, and includes waterslides and splash pads.
For those preferring dry land, there are also roller coasters, Ferris wheels and other serious white knucklers. Interestingly, there are also various Buddhist temples beside the park – honouring the Hung kings, Tran Hung Dao and Hai Ba Trung, so you get to combine culture with your thrills.
Opening hours: open 7-days a week from 8am- 5pm.
Universal Studios Singapore, Sentosa Island
The only Universal Studios park in Southeast Asia, this theme park on Sentosa Island regularly beats many of its competitors to win the number one theme park in Asia accolade.
There are six regions to visit including, Far Far Away, Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi, Ancient Egypt and The Lost World. From the virtual reality Transformer rollercoaster to the intertwined Battlestar Galatica double coaster, there are also plenty of exciting rides. And younger kids aren’t left out as there are Sesame Street and Puss In Boots’ themed rides, as well as lots of their favourite characters walking around for photo opps.
Opening hours: open 7-days a week from 11am-6pm.
VinWonders Nha Trang, Vietnam
Located on Hon Are Island, with its clear water and white sand, VinWonders Nha Trang is another of our family theme parks divided into different worlds.
There are six worlds in all here, ranging from adrenalin-fuelled rides at Adventure Land to the King’s Garden where kids can see rare white Bengal tigers, as well as flamingos, hippopotamus, lemur, and nearly 30 species of birds. World Garden covers five hectares and contains more than 10,000 flowers from around the world.
Active kids will love Water World with its amazing 20 rides and slides to try and Sea World showcases the planet’s extraordinary marine life. Then there’s Fairy Land, which might sound sweet but in reality is the place for thrills such as 1,865m long summer toboggan rides and zipline which hold records for longest, steepest and highest landing in Vietnam.
Opening hours: open daily from 8.30am-9.30pm
LEGOLAND Malaysia, Nusajaya: best of family theme parks for younger kids
With over 40 shows, rides and attraction, LEGOLAND Malaysia has something for everyone in the family. Budding knights and swashbuckling pirates can explore ancient lands or even be transported around the world in just a few steps. Little ones get to join the driving school or climb and slide around DUPLO Town, while older kids will love the world’s first LEGO virtual reality rollercoaster.
There’s also a waterpark on-site, and Legoland hotel features themed rooms ranging from Pirate and Kingdom to Adventure and Ninjago.
Opening hours: open from 10am-6pm daily but occasionally hours vary, so check website.
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