Dem San Water Park

Trip Start Dec 02, 2008
Trip End Jan 03, 2009

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

We awoke - late again - and headed out to breakfast. We were originally going to go somewhere new, but chose to return to Milwaukee's after yesterday's excellent breakfast. We had the same thing again. Once again, yummy!

Today we decided that we were going to visit the Dem San Water Park, on the outskirts of Saigon. We grabbed a taxi to take us there (7 kms, $8.50 AUD fare - not bad by Vietnamese standards). We realised that we were out of nappies, so we headed quickly into the local Co-Op Mart (Vietnam's Wal-Mart) and picked some up. Strange, visiting a supermarket. We should've done it a couple more times on this trip.

We entered the Park and got changed. Kythera's old cozzie was falling apart so she bought a new one (I like it!).

Dam Sen Water Park is absolutely incredible. So many slides. So many different pools. If they did it in Melbourne they'd make a fortune.

Ophelia and Jojo explored the water fountain at the front (Ophelia loved putting her foot on the hole and making go everywhere). We then went to the top to take the kids down a slide or two. "No children" we were told. Damn. We would have to go seperately whilst the other looked after the kids. I went first, Kythera waited at the bottom. It was SOOO fast. I'm glad we didn't take the kids. After I went, Kythera had a turn.

After putting our toes in the water with the slides (so to speak), we visited the little kids pool. Full of elephants (complete with little slides), rhinos and lizards, it was fantastic! Ophelia and Jojo loved it (both could stand up in the water). Both went down the small slides and then Ophelia decided to do one of the bigger "kids slides". I took her to the top and helped her push off and off she went, sliding manically around before turning backwards and heading into the waiting arms of Kythera and Jojo. "Again!" she yelled. So she went on again... and again.

We then went and got into some tubes and had a relaxing time going around the "rapids". Basically you are taken along on a current - there are some fast (not scary) bits and some slow relaxing parts. It goes around the park and you don't have to do anything except lie back and relax. We loved it and so did the kids.

After this we went and hung out in the wave pool for a bit. Ophelia didn't like it much. She couldn't stand up in it... we went and looked at more of the slides for the "big kids". I decided to go down a really long one which requires you to lie on your stomach. Very scary and I smacked my ankle on the way down. A little painful! Kythera said she was too scared to try any other slides, so I tried a couple more. The Twister was crazy. It seriously goes diagonally downwards for a good 30 metres and it is covered over, with a fast turn on the end so you can't see how much longer you have to go - you just go faster and faster. At the end it spits you into a big tea-cup thing with a hole at the bottom. You spin around and around the teacup before it just dumps you unceremoniously into the water. Scared me absolutely shitless and I wouldn't go on it again. I didn't recommend it to Kythera either. I tried the Giant Slide next, which was long but less scary. Kythera decided to go on that one, and then another one. We then walked across to the other big slide and realised you could only go down if you were "two people" and the "no children" rule still applied. I went up and tried it out, resting my feet on the back of a Vietnamese girl and probably ruined her afternoon. It was a really good slide, a bit scary in places but a nice "pond" halfway down before the slide continued. Kythera asked a nearby American woman to watch Ophelia and Jonas and we went down it together. Was the highlight of our day to do this one together.

Ophelia really wanted to go in the kids pool again so we went back to it and took some photos. We were by then ready to go but I wanted to try one more slide, so I chose the Kamikaze. You can see it in the photos. It's FREAKING SCARY and FREAKING HIGH! You go so fast and can't see for the last 15 metres because water just splashes in your face. A great way to finish my sliding for the day.

We decided to take a family pic to finish off (which you can see in the photos). Unfortunately, straight after the photo was taken, Ophelia decided to RUN across the floor and slipped and banged her head on the concrete. An immediate "egg" came up on her head and she cried hysterically. Poor girl. It still hurts (one day later!).

We took a taxi back to our hotel and went to Pho 24 for a late lunch. Funny, Pho is the Vietnamese's staple food and it's sold on every street corner, but they still have a chain store for it. Didn't taste any better, but $1.50 AUD dearer! Pfft!

The kids had some dinner when we got back to the hotel and went to bed. They fell asleep about two hours later. After they were finally asleep, we went out for a quick dinner (not worth a mention, except to say that mashed potatoes turned out to be potato deb - yuck!) and shopping on the street which our hotel is on before returning to back to our room for our final night in the Lan Anh Hotel. Don't like this place. No natural light.

United 93 (the movie) was on and for some reason I watched it. Kythera finished her book. We fell asleep, looking forward to checking out of this place and into our new luxurious hotel tomorrow.
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janetm on

what great fun
You all look like you are having a ball. Water parks are the best fun! (apart from the injuries!) Not long before you are home so enjoy the final moments of your big adventure. Can't believe it is 2009 already. We had fun at Jill and Trev's place for NYE.
love Janet

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