on January 16, 2013
Siam Park is supposedly the biggest water park in Europe. When you are in Tenerife, you can't fail to hear about this place. It is very well marketed and there are adverts and huge posters literally everywhere. We drove past it on our way from the airport on our first day, so it was a must-do for us, according to our 9 year old son. We did have a great day out at Siam Park, in fact our son thought it was the best thing he did in Tenerife.The park is in Costa Adeje, not far from Playa de las Americas. Apparently if you are staying in one of the big resorts - Los Cristianos, Playa de las Americas or Coste Adeje, they run a free bus service to the park. Our hotel was about 25 minutes drive away. We booked the trip through our tour operator, it included tickets to the park and a bus ride there and this worked very well for us. If you want to go alone, ticket prices are 30 Euros for adults and 19.50 Euros for children.We spent about 6 hours at the park and the time literally flew past. We had read somewhere that if you want to avoid the queues, go there on a Sunday. I can testify to that - we visited on a Sunday, and although there were plenty of people there, we never had to queue for any of the rides and slides.When we arrived there were a lot of people at the entrance, but everyone was dealt with efficiently and it didn't take long to get inside the park. It has a Thai theme, all the rides and the landscaping is meant to be like Thailand - it is very beautiful.We easily found loungers with sun-umbrellas. There was no issue with finding somewhere to sit - we chose near the lazy river but there are also lovely places by the golden, sandy beach. If you want to treat yourself, you can also hire a cabana. We didn't do this - but saw the cabanas perched high above the wave pool. They looked like Thai huts and were very impressive.There are lots of rides in the park, all are spectacular and all are really great fun. The lazy river was wonderful - apparently it is the longest lazy rive and the highest lazy river in the world (there is a difference in levels of 8 metres). It wasn't at all busy and you could float around and feel as if you had the place all to yourself. The water was a little chilly, but you soon got used to it. It is desalinated sea water and heated to 25 degrees. It is recycled to water the plants and keep the park green.There are rides and slides to suit everyone - from the thrill seeker, down to young children. For people who want a thrill, the Tower of Power would definitely fit the bill. It is an extremely steep and high slide and at the end you whizz through a shark tank. I was too much of a scaredy cat, but my husband did it and confirmed it really was as bad as it looked.There are other tamer slides, a family raft ride, a volcano ride and much more. We spent quite a long time in the children's play area. It is lovely, lots of slides and places to explore and our son loved it here.Be sure to also check out the wave pool. It is surrounded by a "beach" of golden sand, so is very picturesque. Apparently they also have the largest man made waves in the world here - another record.The Thai village is also worth exploring. There are lots of shops, places to eat and it is said to be the largest Thai village outside Thailand - there are 25 different buildings. We had lunch in the Thai tea room - the sandwiches were delicious and very good value.The thing that really most impressed me about Siam Park was the way it is landscaped and designed. The park has been really carefully and artistically designed, so that the vegetation and plants hide the structure of the slides. There are no ugly tubes and pipes, just beautiful plants and flowers and a "hole" at the bottom where people on the ride "pop" out. It makes the rides more enjoyable and also more thrilling.We had a wonderful day out here. It suited everyone in our party and even though the weather was a bit rainy and overcast, it did not affect our enjoyment. We loved it and would definitely recommend it!
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