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Suoi Tien is the first amusement park based on a Buddhist theme. It emphasizes the Southeast Asian animistic form of Buddhism. This Vietnamese theme park is located in the Ho Chi Minh City. Instead of going the normal route of Mickey and Minnie, this park goes for Dragon, Unicorn, Tortoise, and Phoenix as its mascots. Among the many features of the park is a golden dragon and his mouth has a neon sepulcher to Buddha, pillars that are a replica of giant elephant tusks, massive dragons surrounding a swimming pool and a moving frog sculpture at the opening.
Cool off in the world's first Buddhist style theme park
This park has a crocodile farm which contains as many as 1500 live crocodiles. These crocodiles live and move around as in their natural habitat at this farm. In a unique experience, visitors are permitted to feed these live crocodiles. The visitors can feed them using fishing poles. At the end of the fishing poles is attached raw meat. This raw meat is fed to the crocodiles. This experience shows us the true characteristics of the crocodile. The strong and real nature of the crocodiles can be witnessed through this attraction.
The Unicorn Palace is an attraction full of surprise. Despite its name which makes it sound like an attraction for kids, this place is for adults only. The Unicorn Palace is a tunnel which houses exhibits of the nine levels of hell as per the Buddhist culture. This includes humans getting torn apart, being eaten by animals as well as being boiled. The attraction puts the nine levels of sins on display in its full gore, and it isn't an attraction for the faint-hearted. This attraction stays true to the Buddhist theme of the park. This attraction is not only scary but also gives you a peek into the Buddhism culture. This attraction is one of the places which attracts numerous tourists and is a must visit.
The roller coaster at this amusement park has a rectangular layout which covers the pond beneath it. The length of this roller coaster is 1200m. This is the longest roller coaster in the country. This rollercoaster can reach up to speeds of 200kmph and is considered one of the fastest ones in Vietnam. This rollercoaster is filled with twists and turns and inclines and declines which keeps the visitor wondering for what comes next. The wondering doesn't last long as the speed of the roller coaster is considerably high. This ride is for the adrenaline junkies, and the faint-hearted tend to stay away from it, rightly so. This ride is a must try on your visit to the park.
How to Get Tickets?
Tickets are available at the entrance of the amusement park. The tickets range from USD$ 5 for adults to USD$ 2.5 for kids with slight variations depending upon the rides. The ticketing counters tend to have long queues and fairly long wait times, so it is advised to reach the park as early as possible to avoid them.
How To Get Around?
Getting around inside the park is fairly easy, and the staff is helpful. The park is about a 30-minute ride from the heart of the city. The park is also well connected by public transport buses which drop you at the gate of the park. The buses which go to the park are bus number 19, 50, 52, 53 and 150.
What Should I Wear?
Casual and comfortable clothes are the way to go. A swimsuit or shorts and t-shirt is recommended for playing in the pools. Carry a towel and a spare change of clothes for after the playing in the pool.
Best Time to Visit
This attraction is open on all days around the year but the best time to visit is during the summers as it provides relief from the scorching sun.
Will I Need a Guide?
How To Get There?
Ho Chi Minh City is well connected to the other parts of the country by roads as well as by air. Public buses ply at regular intervals, and even flights to other major cities are available from time to time.
Carry a bag of essentials like water bottles. Avoid carrying too much money.