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Postby packfanlv » Sat May 03, 2008 6:05 am

Here is a list of the parks reported on in this thread and the corresponding page number of their update.

Dam Sen Park in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam page 1 (below in this post)

Sunway Lagoon in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Part 1 of the update focuses on the theme park and can be found on page 1 while part 2 focuses on the water park and can be found on page 2.

Cosmo's World in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - page 4

Universal Studios Singapore Construction Pictures - page 6

Genting Highlands Resort in Malaysia - Parts 1 & 2 on page 6

Hanoi Moon Park in Hanoi, Vietnam - page 7

Dream World in Bangkok, Thailand - page 7

Yoyo Land in Bangkok, Thailand - page 8

Wonder World Fun Park in Bangkok, Thailand - page 8

Pattaya Park Funny Land in Pattaya, Thailand - page 8

Siam Park City in Bangkok, Thailand - page 9

Fisherman's Wharf in Macau, China - page 9

Ocean Park in Hong Kong, China - page 9

Hong Kong Disneyland - page 10

Happy Valley Shenzhen in Shenzhen, China - page 11

Honey Lake Amusement Park in Shenzhen, China - page 12

Donghu Park in Shenzhen, China - page 12

Jing Ying Amusement Park in Guangzhou, China - page 12

Chimelong Paradise in Guangzhou, China - page 12

Wuhan Zhongshan Park in Wuhan, China - page 13

Sun Park in Beijing, China - page 14

Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park in Beijing, China - page 14

Nairamdal Park in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia - page 14

Jin Jiang Action Park in Shanghai, China - page 15

The Olympics in Beijing, China ALL 3 Parts - page 15

Vote to help send me to India on a Press Tour - page 16

Lunapark in Prague, Czech Republic - page 17

Parcul Tineretului in Bucharest, Romania - page 17

Zorky's Planet in Bucharest, Romania - page 17


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I am currently traveling through Southeast Asia with my wife and seven year old son. Since I have had the opportunity to visit a few unknown theme parks, I thought I would post the trip reports here in this thread. Since I am still in Southeast Asia, check back often to see more parks added. The first TR is below. It is from Vietnam. More TRs from Malaysia and Thailand to come soon!


We are currently in Saigon, Vietnam and visited Dam Sen Park yesterday. This is the largest theme park in Vietnam and honestly is quite different than anywhere else I have been. Entrance to the park is around $2USD and then tickets for each ride run from $.50 to around $2.00. Unfortunately there is no unlimited ride ticket available. I visited the park with my wife and seven year old son.

RCDB states that the park has four coasters, but I looked everywhere and couldn't find the fourth credit. We did manage to feed some crocodiles, visit the seven wonders of the world in ice sculpture form and ride two freaky dark boat rides in addition to the three rather tame coasters. All in all the visit was a success.

I hope to upload my Malaysia TRs soon, but figured I would do this park now since it is so fresh in my mind. I also write about my general travels on my website, but you are here for coasters and theme parks so I will get onto the TR. If I have posted to many photos for your taste, let me know. Either way, enjoy!

Dam Sen Park Part 1:
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Is this it? Oh no, just a carnival on the way to the bus stop!
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Saigon traffic on the way to the park. I have been told there are 9 million people in Saigon and 6 million motorbikes!
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Time to take the bus to Dam Sen Park!
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Is this really the front gate?
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I guess it is?!? (Later we found out this is a secondary gate.)
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Most of the flats are carnival rides.
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Are those the seven dwarves?
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And Pluto too!!!!!!!
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On one side you have nicely landscaped gardens....
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The park is laid out in a big circle around a lake. Off to the side is this warehouse full of flat rides.
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and on the other side, concrete!
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Finally we found the lake and began to make our way to the back of the park for the coasters.
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Oh, they allow fishing in the park!
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Before the coasters we had to walk through an animal enclosure. This is the scariest looking bird I have ever seen!
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Ah, Monkeys!
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Hey, Mickey and Donald are here too!
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The map says the roller coaster is located behind the Haunted Castle!
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I think I see it. BTW the Vietnamese have come up with clever naming schemes. This coaster is named "Roller Coaster"!
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Roller Coaster is a pretty standard double corkscrew coaster with a lift, drop directly into a loop and then a double corkscrew. Following the corkscrews it turns immediately into a brake run.
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More Roller Coaster
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A view inside of the station. The cars were so small that I had to actually lift my knees as high up as possible during the inversions to avoid the pain. They were designed for the smaller Vietnamese people not a 6'2'' American!
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I wasn't able to capture the car on the tracks since they were only running one cycle every thirty minutes or so.
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Simulated Greek ruins. Stairs and columns with no building! Fantastic!
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From near the crocs we got another view of Roller Coaster.
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For atmosphere they sunk a ride vehicle in the water. SCARY!
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The animatronic animals were quite basic, but they leapt so close to the boat it was quite scary.
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Very scary creatures. Actually we really enjoyed the ride because of how many times the animatronics made us jump.
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My best Big Mike impression.
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The last ride in this back portion of the park is the Amazon River Cruise dark boat ride!
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From the park map: With the safe condition absolutely, You not only fish on the bank but also fish from a boat to see lightning quick bites of crocodiles.
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Following Roller Coaster we came to a crocodile farm. They have boats where you can actually go on the water to feed the crocs.
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The boat portion was closed, but fortunately we were still able to feed the crocs from land. (There was at least 50 crocs in the pond and they were very active and hungry!)
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A park map.
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Postby packfanlv » Sat May 03, 2008 6:42 am

Dam Sen Park Part 2:
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I'll start part two with a pic for all of you bikini lovers. (Look close at the banner!)
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Saigon Disneyland?
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Finally we have arrived at the Ice Sculptures!
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Description from the park map: Dam Sen opens the new Ice Lantern Arts Show every year with many ice sculptures that bearing hallmarks of both ancient and modern architecture. Sculpted ice works are elaborate, lively and magnificent, each of which is sometimes splendid and sometimes mysterious in its beauty.
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They have the Mayan Pyramids, Egyptian Pyramids, Great Wall of China, Roman Coliseum & Taj Mahal among others. It is really cool!
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Wearing my snow dress!
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Hey, they even have a frozen bhudda!
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After thawing out, we headed to the second coaster in the park. The park owners did an exhaustive search and finally settled on the name of Spinning Coaster!
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Spinning Coaster is a pretty standard spinning wild mouse with cars seating four people back to back. It is rather slow as we felt several sets of brakes on the ride.
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From the park map: Spinning coaster is roller coaster with cars that are able to spin on rail.... The riders sit back to back and enjoy the extreme pleasure feeling when run over the tortuous curves.
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Brakes.
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All that spinning made us hungry. Time for lunch. No one spoke English so we had to point. I got beef and rice while Jasmine and Shawn Reece had fried chicken and rice. It was actually really good.
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The second dark boat ride is called Dinosaurs Park.
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From the park map: In this park of 110 assorted dinosaurs, you will have the chance to discover unexpected and interesting things about the living of the biggest animals on earth.
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Once again this ride had freaky animatronics that literally came right on top of you. This wouldn't work in the U.S. because people would probably destroy them. It was once again a lot of fun!
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Before we headed back to the front of the park it was time to ride the giant ferris wheel.
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Hey its the Haunted Castle & Roller Coaster
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Great views of HCMC. (Saigon)
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An overview of the park.
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The last coaster is a junior named Rong Bay. It is laid out in an oval shape.
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What a surprise the car is themed as a dragon.
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Such a pretty face!
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Hey near the kiddie coaster we found the main entrance. It is much nicer!
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They have another nice garden as well!
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Cool Chinese bridge.
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They have a water ride....
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but it was closed.
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Before leaving we decided to do one last thing, The Mirror Maze! Of course they gave us gloves so we didn't smudge up the mirrors!
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Getting crazy lost inside!
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I guess it's time to go. Goodbye Mickey!
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Postby Erik Johnson » Sat May 03, 2008 7:30 am

Wow, thanks for posting this. It is always great to see Photo: trip reports of parks that are rarely visited.

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Postby DenDen » Sat May 03, 2008 7:55 am

OMG, what a coincidence! If you see another 6'3" American, his name is Bob. He just text messaged me from there. (Friend of mine!)

Thanks for sharing, those ice sculptures look awesome!
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Postby OldJJman » Sat May 03, 2008 8:55 am

Thanks for sharing the pics!

This place is so far off the beaten path, TPR may not even make it there on a side trip!

Good Job!

BTW - This ATW trip you're taking, how long is this trip lasting? I don't remember if you had mentioned it in one of your other reports.

Again, THANKS. These are cool!


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Postby packfanlv » Sat May 03, 2008 8:58 am

OldJJman wrote:Thanks for sharing the pics!

This place is so far off the beaten path, TPR may not even make it there on a side trip!

Good Job!

BTW - This ATW trip you're taking, how long is this trip lasting? I don't remember if you had mentioned it in one of your other reports.

Again, THANKS. These are cool!


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We started the trip on April 21, 2007 so it has been just over one year. Currently it looks like we will be traveling another 4-5 months as we are starting to get tired. Traveling for this long is really hard work and can be incredibly tiring but is completely worth it!

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Sunway Lagoon Theme Park in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Postby packfanlv » Sat May 10, 2008 4:45 am

The Sunway Lagoon theme park is housed in a large resort complex about twenty minutes outside of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The resort consists of a large mall, resort hotel and the theme park. As for the park itself, it was built on the site of an old tin mine and is broken into four parts. High on top of the hill is the theme park portion, while down below in the old mine are a water park, extreme park and animal park. The animal and extreme parks were closed on the day we visited, but we did spend a lot of time in the other areas. The first part of the TR will focus on the theme park and part 2 will have some pictures of the lower level waterpark. If you have any questions please let me know. I hope you enjoy the TRs from Southeast Asia.

Sunway Lagoon Part 1:
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To get to the park we had to take the KL Monorail from our hotel to the train station then board a commuter train for twenty minutes, before catching a bus to the park.
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The large mall outside of the theme park. It is called Sunway Pyramid and is home to such American favorites as McDonalds, Tony Roma's, Burger King, Wendys & Carl's Jr.
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This was by far the nicest mall we saw in Malaysia. It even had an ice rink. (Oh yah I forgot the mall also has KFC & Pizza Hut among others!)
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Sunway Lagoon park entrance.
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Immediately after entering you come to the first coaster.
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The Lost City of Gold Coaster is very small, but the backseat gives an incredible amount of air time.
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Going up the Lost City of Gold lift hill.
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The coaster is built on top of a building that houses a cave stone exhibition. At one point the train goes through a tunnel where lights flash and a monster noise is played.
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From Lost City of Gold we headed back into the Western themed section of the park. It houses a rapids ride, log ride and a junior roller coaster.
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The log ride features a drop out of a snake's mouth. Unfortunately it was closed when we visited.
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The second coaster is called Buffalo Bill Coaster. It is a junior coaster that wraps around the log ride. Unfortunately, this is the best picture that I got of it.
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Buffalo Bill Coaster train.
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Once we left the western area a quick visit to the Scholar Rocks was in order. They are housed in the building below the Lost City of Gold coaster.
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From below we got a nice look at one of Lost City's small airtime hills
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Finally we got a glimpse of the real reason for our visit. Sunway Lagoon is home to the largest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world.
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The bridge goes on forever and crosses the entire park, passing over the water park, extreme park and animal park.
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From the bridge we got our first glimpse of the water park.
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A picture of the beautiful resort hotel.
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Hello down there!
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A look back at the theme park. Look for part 2 where I will have a lot of pictures of the water park and lower area of the park!
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Postby Wood Dragon 1988 » Sat May 10, 2008 5:29 am

Dam Sen Park - wow that was interesting!

I have to admit that if I ever go there, I would be terrified to ride some of those rides. The park looks incredibly unique though- roller coasters, dinosaurs, ice sculptures, dragons, lakes, rip-off Disney stuff, crocidiles. The food at least looks delicious!

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Postby Kingbooba » Sat May 10, 2008 6:42 am

Did Dam Sen Park have a Top Spin? I thought I saw the arms of a Top Spin in one picture, but I couldn't see the gondola.

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Postby CoasterEricHP » Sat May 10, 2008 1:07 pm

Wow this is really interesting to read! I love seeing different parks in different cultures. Especially when the photo's are as good as yours!

Im looking forward to the Thailand section. When I worked at Universal we had a group of international students from Thailand and I would always talk to them about their parks! Should be cool to see!

Keep up the awesome work.

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