Apr 16 2013
Aquapark Chaweng, Ko Samui’s latest child-friendly attraction, is located in the sea – yes, in the sea — in front of Monkey Bay Beach Bar. You’ll find it in the middle of the main beach, next to the Chaba Resort and the Beachcomber, and an added bonus is that there’s plenty of parking at Monkey Bay, a rare find in Chaweng.
Basically, the park consists of giant inflatables that are anchored down, and the area is cordoned off so children are safe from the jetskis and other speeding missiles. With safety a firm consideration here, life jackets are compulsory for all, even the adults. Safety monitors patrol the watery obstacle course and ensure that all are playing by the rules and they gently guide those who are not sure-footed climbing up the giant contraptions.
You’ll often find parents tempted to join their kids to ‘help’ them climb, but in truth, it’s just too tempting not to give it a go. Kids (and some parents) take on the challenge of rockers and totters, giant trampolines with slides and human catapult bags attached, as well as the iceberg climbing walls – two metres’ high for the little tots and a more imposing five metres for the brave (or foolish). It’s a great way to burn off energy while staying cool in the water. Just remember to bring the waterproof sunscreen.
Regular events are held at Aquapark Chaweng, so it’s a good idea to check out their website so you don’t miss out on upcoming attractions. For example, over Easter weekend adrenaline junkies (both adults and children) took part in the Extreme Wipeout Challenge. Entrance was 100 baht per person, and contestants competed to see who could balance on top of the UFO rockers, climb the five-metre high iceberg and run the gauntlet between the giant trampolines without falling off. Other events include catapult contests (with humans being the ammunition) and sand art competitions.
The park is open daily, 10:00 to 18:00, waves permitting — check their website for weather conditions. The space can also be booked at night for private functions. Entrance is 200 baht per person for an hour, but only 350 baht for a half day, considered 10:00 to 14:00, or 14:00 to 18:00. And if you have the energy for a full day session, it will set you back 500 baht.
Rates are the same for adults and children, but under-fives and over sixty-fives are free — go Granny! Group rates are available and there’s a special kids’ party rate, including food, in case you’re on holiday over your child’s birthday.
Nearby Monkey Bay Beach Bar offers an excellent selection of both Thai and Western food at reasonable prices. Sit at tables set on the beach under giant trees, or take advantage of the kids being occupied to grab a massage at the beach sala.
In front of Monkey Bay Beach Bar, central Chaweng Beach, Ko Samui
T: (081) 104 5963
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