Can't stand the summer heat? Hit up these water parks in the city and nearby. (Update April 2014)
Flow House Bangkok
What: Board riding
Where: 120/1 A-Space Sukhumvit Soi 26., 02-108-5210. www.flowhousebangkok.com
How much: Flow House Bangkok promises a gnarly surfing experience with a perfect (artificial) wave every day right here in the center of the city for B750 per hour. If you’re new to wave riding, there are also surfing lessons, starting from B1,000 for the first hour and B500 thereafter. Flow House Bangkok also features a plunge pool, a bar and a restaurant with occasional live music events. Open weekdays at 10am-midnight and weekends 8am-midnight.
What: Scuba diving
Where: 66 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-261-4412-3. BTS Phrom Pong. www.planetscuba.net
How much: Get your PADI dive certification by training at their pool before heading out to Pattaya for the open-water classes. B14,200 for Thai and B15,800 for foreigners, covers six hours of lessons on scuba diving fundamentals, two days of five one-hour pool dives and two days of four one-hour open water dives to depths of 18 meters. Course prices include transit to and from your hotel in Pattaya and dive boat, lunch and light refreshments, equipment rental and boat fee. Pattaya accommodation and transportation is not included.
What: Wakeboard, wake skate, knee board and water ski
Where: 175/1 Km.13, Bangna Trad Rd., 02-316-7809. www.tacolake.com
How much: Thailand’s first cable park for watersports is located near Suvarnabhumi Airport. Wakeboarding starts at B300 for two hours, B500 all day, and a one-year pass is B7,500 for up to 50 visits. They serve Thai food including pad kaprao, fried chicken, and somtam. Open weekdays at noon-6pm and weekends 10am-6pm.
Nongbon Water Sports
What: Sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, rowing boat, and five-paddler boat
Where: Near King Rama 9 Royal Park, Chalermprakiat 43, Chalermprakiat Rd., 02-328-0236. www.facebook.com/nongbonwatersports
How much: First you have to become a member; ages 5-18, B10 per year, ages 19 and above, B40 per year. This place offers various free watersports classes including equipment. Nongbon also features a park for recreation and watersports equipment museum. Open daily 8am-6:30pm.
Siam Park City
What: Wave pool, speed slides, beach, and wave pool
Where: 203 Suan Siam Rd., Kannayao, 02-919-7200. www.siamparkcity.com
How much: At Siam Park City you can sunbathe on the sand at its man-made beach and surf in its artificial wave pool. The water park also features a whirlpool, waterslides and fun rides like roller coasters and a log flume. This summer, they’re offering a 1-day pass for B500, down from B900, and an all-day kids pass for children between 100-130cm tall at B120. Open daily 10am-6pm.
Black Mountain Wake Park
Where: Soi Huahin-Huay Monkol 11, Huahin, 080-024-2836. www.bmwakepark.com
How much: The newly opened wakeboard park Black Mountain, in Hua Hin, is an 800-meter-long reservoir with two jumps and two sliders for you to practice and show off your skills. You can do two hours’ wakeboarding at B600, B900 for 4 hours, B1,200 for full day, and membership is B20,000 per year. They also offer riding promotions with ladies and students half-price on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, till May 31. Open daily 10am-5pm.
Santorini Water Fantasy Park
What: Slides, rides and wave riding
Where: 555 Moo 3 Khaoyai, Cha Am, 081-809-6853, 032-890-400. www.santoriniwaterfantasy.com
How much: This new water park in Cha Am is sure to get the adrenaline racing. Try floating on the rolling rubber tube at Ring of the Titan, riding the huge waves at Poseidon’s Lagoon or taking the 18-metre waterslide at Vulcan’s Kamikaze. Admission is B900 for adults, B500 for children and seniors. Open daily 10am-8pm.