Friday, 5 March 2010
Dream World, Bangkok
Dream World, Bangkok
Today we left by now familiar sights of Pattaya for a trip to Thailand's best known amusement park; Dream World in Bangkok near the old Don Muang airport. With free flowing traffic it's about an hour and a half trip from Pattaya. Their website explains pretty straightforward how to get there.
The park is fun and our kids, now 7 and 4 loved it but the pricing structure is rather strange. For Westerners there's one price that probably includes all rides, but is a rather expensive price compared to the Thai rates. Having said that, the Thai rates are confusing, you can get a simple entry ticket and pay for every ride you want to take in the park an additional fee between 20,- and 120,-THB or for about twice the price you get a ticket that will get you once in almost everything or for a bit more you can get a visa that will get you unlimited in everything or so you think!
Some of the rides, like the new Sky Coaster and the tremendously popular Snow Town are not included in any ticket and are as much as 180,-THB per adult. We paid more for our party to get into Snow World than the initial entrance fee was!
The park is split up in 4 parts, Dream Plaza, Dream Garden, Fantasy Land and Adventure Land. You can walk everywhere easily, it's not that big. being a Friday today, there were loads of schools on a day trip and I guess that in the weekend the families come out. Be aware that the park opens around 10am but most of the rides won't open until 11am.
Some of the popular rides like Space Mountain and Grand Canyon had long waiting lines of an hour around 2pm. It may pay off getting there early!
A very popular ride is also this Super Splash, a classic in most parks where there's plenty of sunshine.
The Sky Coaster was cool, it took me about 20 minutes to get on the ride, which lasts about a minute and 40 seconds, Asia's first hanging coaster. It was a very good ride!
Snow Town was already and it's immensely popular since it must about the only place in all of Thailand where snow can be experienced. It's a great sight to see all the Thais (especially the Thai girls in their skirts, legs exposed) freeze their respective butts off in the freezing hall temperature and they love it! My kids went berserk in there and my 4 year old son went 3 times on the ride as pictured above in the video.
A great day was had by all and the kids were already making plans when we would return! Having said that, if you've experienced Western style amusement parks, Dream World is good and lots of fun but it's not gonna hold up with a good quality Western park. Still not a reason to skip it! We will be back!