Saigon Water Park, Ho Chi Minh City
Cool of at the water park.
There are Swimming pools, Water rides, Childrens pools, Slides, and Wave machine.
Good place to go to get out of the busy streets for half a day. Costs around $5. Open from 11 to 7 Mon to Fri & 8 to 8 Sundays. Does get busy week-ends. There is a shuttle bus for around $2 which leaves central Saigon (Bach Dang Wharf) at 8.30 10 & 11.30 and returns at 2.30 4 & 5.30.
Saigon Water Park is a short 20 min ride from downtown Saigon. The park leaves a lot to be desired. My husband and I went on a weekday around 1 pm and found the park to be almost completely deserted. We saw maybe 5 other groups, mostly tourists like us. Since the park was so empty several of the slides were closed. And of the slides they do have they are nothing to write home about. Maybe its because I'm from the Great Lake State and we are so close to many great water parks ( a must recommendation is Soak City in Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio), but I wasn't too impressed. The park has a large wave pool which is nice to relax at, there is also a relaxing water river that lesiurely takes you through the park.
Of the water slides, there are 2 tubes (one mainly open, and one mainly closed) that allow you to go in tandem on a large raft to land into a large open pool after one last plunging hill. This was actually quite fun. Another slide is completely enclosed and twists back and forth and looks much like a twizzler candy. This slide was awful according to my husband because it scratches your back and its quite stuffy and warm in the completely enclosed tube in 90 degree weather. Also another tourist that I saw come out of it, bloodied his nose on it. There are also a set of slides like a normal slide that you see in a playground where you plunge headfirst down on a padded mat. Again this is a fun ride, but be careful, if you are a large person, you will go down with so much velocity that you can go straight off the landing area at the end like my husband did. And then finally there are single tubes that you can go down, either open or closed, that you go so slowly down that it isn't fun at all.
Also since the park was so empty none of the ice cream vendors or vendors selling wares were really open. We spent only about 2 hours here. The food from the restaurant is suppose to be like beach food, but its overcooked and awful.
This is the best way to escape the heat of Saigon.
About 20 mins drive out of the main city is a crazy waterpark, with vertical drops and drops in pitch black.
Expect to be one of few tourists there and for the kids to jump in the tunnels and in your tyre tubes without warning!!!
An amazing experience we had to do twice!!