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Anyone travelling with young children will know that kids are not content to lie under a coconut palm reading a book, or have endless massages, tour temples or even for that matter just drive around and explore the scenery. Children need entertaining – constantly, so a little compromising is in order during a family holiday.
Coco Splash is a water park in Lamai. This is by no means an award-winning, world’s highest slide type of place, but a pleasant place to occupy young children for an afternoon, while you relax in the shade of a sala or join them to cool down in the tropical heat. What’s great is that you only pay if you intend on getting in the water, so pay for the kids, and should you decide to join them for a whirl down a slide, or a relax in the huge Jacuzzi, just stroll up to the counter and pay your 200 baht. This rate is fixed for children and adults, and is for a day pass; arrive after 16:00 on a week day and only pay 60 baht.
The park is small, consisting of three slides, ranging in degree of intensity and speed, as well as a supersize Jacuzzi. A paddling pool and mini-splash area meander around the park, with a bridge and walkway above linking the slides and climbing areas. This play area entertains kids with features such as a zip line to whiz across the water, swings and a large bucket high on a perch that slowly fills up and suddenly drops its load on unsuspecting passersby, with shrieks of laughter from the little ones.
Surrounding the water area are several bamboo salas, some with daybeds and some with tables. Coco Splash serves drinks, shakes and the usual snack-type lunch menu, including burgers, sandwiches and Thai basics; it’s nothing to write home about, but decent enough to satisfy hunger pangs. The place is well staffed, and life guards are on duty to keep boisterous young ones from injuring each other.
The park is closed Mondays, but open Tuesday through to Sunday from 10:30 to 17:30. From Chaweng, turn left from the ring road at the McDonalds sign in Lamai, and follow the Coco Splash signs.
By Rosanne Turner
Last updated on 18th March, 2015.