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Well that didn't take long! I think the reason is not just the high price, but the location. All in all I am not surprised to hear "when Phuketwan visited the park, we found a couple and their toddler virtually had the place to themselves. It was late morning."
Posted by Jamie on March 2, 2010 14:59
Ah, splendid, Mr Editor. Another photo advertorial masquerading as news. Your gall amazes me. Really, I am impressed. Well done.
Posted by Simon Ellison on March 2, 2010 16:28
It amazes me that someone with the business acumen to raise 500million baht in capital, hasn't come up with a realistic marketing strategy to recoup their investment, and finds that even during high season, they are having to HALVE their prices. Amazing !!
Posted by Mr Mark on March 2, 2010 16:28
Jamie got it right. Still no bargain, but at the new prices, it might (might!) warrant a closer look for the kids.
Posted by D on March 2, 2010 16:52
Location. Location. Location.
Posted by Nick on March 2, 2010 17:09
Ah... another rip-off gone wrong ... And nice to see the double standards are still strongly enforced with double pricing - it's still an attitude of them and us. I won't be going and I wouldn't advise an other sane human being to do so either.
Posted by Noddy on March 2, 2010 17:43
That price is more realistic think now it may be worth it to drive up from Rawai
Posted by Michael on March 2, 2010 19:54
Editor, can we get some clarity and what is their definition of ID proving residency?
Posted by Vfaye on March 2, 2010 20:46
Your headline is misleading. A little. :)
Posted by Lena on March 2, 2010 21:45
to editor: Ok. Point taken. Thanks anyway for the additional info. Transparent pricing without this ++ is a friendly thing to do. And if the transport is included, that could tip the balance and we visit. :)
Posted by Lena on March 3, 2010 01:37
Now it seems to be a bargain :) (only around a one week local Thai salary for tourists).
Posted by Richard on March 3, 2010 02:34
Editor. About your comment to VFaye and destroying 'pristine' land. I agree that all development 'changes' pristine land. That is the price we pay for development. My gripe though about Splash et al is that they used 600 million litres of drinking water to fill the thing, and use undisclosed amounts to top it up each day. Drinkable water - in a venue next to the sea. Drinkable water when we are rapidly approaching a drought. Why weren't they forced to use sea water, or install their own RO (Reverse Osmosis) plant? That is where the real destruction has taken place. Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink.
Posted by Mr Mark on March 3, 2010 06:58
Huge parking area, with not a seep through tile to be seen. That means dirty polluted rain runoff right into the ocean.
Posted by Horse Doctor on March 3, 2010 08:58
is a "proof of residence" document that you can get at the immigration office sufficient to get the cheaper entrance price?
Posted by Anonymous on March 3, 2010 10:32
A meal for 450 bath is not acceptable if you go there with your family. Good luck in the low season.
Posted by Christian on March 4, 2010 00:29
Why dual prices?
Posted by wezzi on March 4, 2010 15:51
Even with the reduced prices still a long way to go to still have an expensive day out to slide down some chutes on a rubber ring. Think I'll wait a little longer till the one in Kathu opens.
Posted by Ivan on March 7, 2010 22:30
It's still way too expensive. Water parks in Euro land are the same price or cheaper and they aren't in the emerging markets with Thai salaries to pay. It's a long drive to get up there and I won't chance having my drivers license rejected only having to drive all the way back. Also stunning beaches are free! Money well spent.
Posted by Mike Hunt on March 9, 2010 02:48
What a bunch of miserable moaning people . . . think of your kids and the fun they will have. My son loves them, took him to Australia to go to fun parks in Gold Coast, cost me a lot more than the fuel from Rawai to the north of the Island, but it was worth it. When he comes back here in June I will be taking him, no matter what the cost. Its got European safety standards and it look like great fun
Posted by Michael on March 10, 2010 10:47
It would be a very nice gesture, and good publicity, if during this first opening year the park would give free entry to all Phuket school children and their parents.
Posted by elizabeth on March 11, 2010 00:24
How many tourists, who are surely those who would most want to use this facility, are able to show a Thai ID? The 'dual pricing' scam rears its ugly head again. Plus, they built this near the airport. Why?
Posted by 007 on March 12, 2010 13:33
It's still twice as much as it should be and confusing to charge different people different amounts, based on their residents status.
Posted by Benjy on March 14, 2010 17:59
Editor: In response to your response to 007, are you saying that it would have been impossible to find 10+ rai and build a waterpark closer to (or in) Patong for 500 million Baht?
Posted by Benjy on March 14, 2010 18:15
Splash Jungle waterpark is well run and fun. But the price, even at 750 per adult and 375 for kids is still to high for Thai or farang residents. A family of four (2 adults and 2 kids) costs 2260 baht. How often will a family do this rather than just go to the beach, for free? Also, the food concession inside the park near the rides is very poor and limited. The "restaurant" just inside the park is better, but why not have a great food concession?
Posted by James Santhi on August 30, 2010 09:08
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