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10 Must-Visit Theme Parks in Southeast Asia

When someone thinks about Southeast Asia as their holiday destination, they often want to visit beautiful beaches or tropical spots and enjoy the wonderful warm weather or try local cuisine. Not many tourists realize that Southeast Asia is the location of some of the world’s best theme parks.

So whether you’re traveling solo, as a couple, as a family or with friends try to head to one of these awesome theme parks for some wholesome fun. Here they are, in no particular order:

Universal Studios Singapore

Singapore’s most popular theme park features a whole bunch of rides and attractions from movies made by Universal Studios themselves. The park is divided into many different zones, with interesting names like Hollywood, Sci-Fi City, New York, Ancient Egypt, Far Far Away, Madagascar and the Lost World. Enjoy their main attractions, like Battlestar Galactica: Human vs Cylon, which is a dueling rollercoaster, not for the faint of heart.

Legoland, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

A short drive north of Singapore will land you in one of Malaysia’s premier theme park attractions in Iskandar, Johor. Here, you’ll find more than 40 attractions built from Lego bricks and you’ll be able to spend hours taking pictures and interacting with various Lego-based figures. Legoland also houses a mini water park with various slides and pools.

Vinpearl Amusement Park. Nha Trang, Vietnam

The interesting thing about this amusement park is that it is built on an island that used to house a jail. Nowadays, it is a bustling tourist attraction that you can reach by a cable car ride. The park houses a dry and wet section, and the water park section features various slides and pools like a wave pool and a lazy river you can just float down leisurely. There’s also an underwater aquarium where you can watch various local Vietnamese sea life in their natural habitat.

Dreamworld, Thanyaburi, Thailand

Thailand’s popular Dreamworld theme park has many attractions including a water area with a tunnel fountain. There are also plenty of rides where you can get doused, including the likes of the Super Splash and Grand Canyon. Another reason why people come here is for Snow Town, where you can experience winter instantly, and even play with snow.

Enchanted Kingdom, Santa Rosa, Phillippines

Built on a theme of magic and enchantment, this theme park is located about 39 kilometers outside of Manila. It endeavors to bring the magic of joy and happiness into the lives of both adults, teens, and children with its many attractions. These includes various roller coaster, carousels, bumper cars, bumper floats and even a paintball section.

Ancol Dreamland, Jakarta, Indonesia

Ancol  Dreamland is part of a larger waterfront resort in Jakarta and is divided into several parts, namely Atlantis Water Adventure, Fantasy World and Ocean Dream Samudra. In total, there are 36 attractions including dry and wet rides, as well as shows. The main features here are their marine life shows, including dolphin shows and two beautiful beaches where you can stretch out in the sun.

Siam Park City, Bangkok, Thailand

This is probably the oldest Southeast Asian theme park still operating, as it was opened in 1975. When they started out, it was a humble place with only a few rides but now they boast over 30 rides and attractions, including an enthralling man-made beach. The rides are divided into different zones to cater to the different age group of visitors, like children, families, adults and teens

Sunway Lagoon, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

One of the premier theme parks in for tourists and locals alike in the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur is Sunway Lagoon. Apart from the usual rides in the wet and dry parks, you can interact with cute and fluffy animals at their Wildlife Park, and get the scare of your life at the Scream Park. Test your bravery at their long hanging bridge and slide on the Vuvuzela, the largest funnel slide in the region.

Manila Ocean Park, Phillippines

Manila Ocean Park is an Oceanarium meant as an educational and entertainment theme park where visitors can view and interact with sea life from the ocean and from freshwater estuaries. You’ll also be able to take mermaid swimming lessons and feed animals from Antartica. Visit their special jellyfish exhibit to see the magical world of swimming jellyfish in glowing musical tanks.

Wild Wild Wet , Singapore

If you’re in Singapore, you’ll want to give this water park a visit as it has a host of various water attractions for the whole family.  With rides like the Slide Up, Torpedo, Professor’s Playground, Shiok River, Tsunami and much more, you’ll be spoiled for choice when you spend time here.


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10 Destinations in Southeast Asia Every Solo Traveller Should Know

Solo travelling is definitely different from travelling with your family or friends in a large group. The foremost concern is, of course, personal safety and somewhere that you can travel on a budget since you can’t split the bill.

Travelling by yourself has many benefits, including better mobility and a chance to make friends with the locals and fellow travelers. Here are some of the best places in South East Asia that solo travelers should definitely check out:

Boracay, Phillippines

Boracay is known for its white beaches that have crystal clear waters and sand so fine it floats in the wind. Apart from various water sports, you can also enjoy shopping at the local markets.

Bali, Indonesia

Bali stands out as a destination island that is rich in culture and artwork. Here you’ll be able to witness a unique form of Hinduism not practiced anywhere else. Watch traditional plays and dances, and visit intricately carved temples for that unforgettable vacation.

Koh Chang, Thailand

If you want to avoid crowded beaches and busy touristy resorts, then this is the option for you. It’s a lesser known beach getaway in Thailand that few tourists know of, so you can have a peaceful and quiet holiday.

Hoi An, Vietnam

Vietnamese destinations like Hoi An are dream destinations for solo travelers due to the abundance of comfortable yet cheap lodgings. Apart from that, there are tons of easily assessable and delicious street food like Banh mi, a traditional Vietnamese sandwich.

Langkawi, Malaysia

Apart from the relatively untouched beauty of its beaches, Langkawi is also famed for its interesting folklore. Visit the grave of Mahsuri, an innocent woman accused of adultery as well as Pulau Dayang Bunting, a small island off the main one that is said to be the final resting place of a pregnant palace maiden.

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap is home to the famous Angkor Wat temple complex that is one of the oldest structures in the region. The area surrounding the massive temple is full of affordable places to stay, as well as many shops selling local products.

Luang Prabang, Laos

Experience historic Laos in Luang Prabang where there are ancient temples dating back hundreds of years. Every morning at dawn you’ll be able to witness a parade of monks out to collect alms from the locals. You can also pay a visit to some of the stunning waterfalls in the area, which also good for trekking and biking.

Palawan, Phillippines

Palawan’s bluer than blue lagoons are the perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy the splendor of nature. There are several marine parks where you can experience seeing coral reefs and dolphins.

Pai, Thailand

To experience the true rustic lifestyles or rural Thais, one must be willing to go off the beaten track. Located outside Chiang Mai, Pai is a place where you can blend seamlessly into village life and pay a visit to the awe-inspiring local waterfalls.

Singapore City, Singapore

Visit this island city if you want a taste of a modern and fast paced metropolitan. Getting around the island is easy and cheap with its extremely reliable MRT trains. Pay a visit to nearby Sentosa island for some fun theme park entertainment.