Siam Park (Tenerife)

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This article is about Siam Park in Tenerife. For Siam Park City in Bangkok, Thailand, see Siam Park City.
Siam Park

Siam Park is a Loro Parque-owned water park in Tenerife Island (in the south), Canary Islands, Spain. It is located with direct exit to the park entrance on TF-1 highway in Costa Adeje. At 18.5 hectares (46 acres), Siam Park features a Siamese theme, and claims to be the most spectacular water attraction in Europe.[1] The park was opened by Her Royal Highness the Princess of Thailand Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. The principal owners are Wolfgang Kinggslei and her son Christopher and other small partners, president and founder is Mr. Wolfgang. Other companies of this group are Loro Parque in Tenerife (zoo park), Binter Airlines, Siam luxury shopping center in front at Siam Park and other important companies in Canary Islands (Spain). A second park is planned for the neighbouring island of Gran Canaria.[2] In this moment (2016) continue the construction of an oceanic park in the City of Las Palmas, in Gran Canaria island (Islas Canarias -Spain). The company founded <Fundación Loro parque >(foundation for preservation and protection of wild live animals) it is the most important foundation for protection and preservation of wild parrots in the world.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Siam Park's construction started in 2004 and cost 52 million euros. Originally stated to open in May 2007, it has endured construction problems, however the park finally opened to the public on September 17, 2008. The park's plans also originally included a roller coaster, but the park has opted to focus on developing the first phase of the park in order to open the park as soon as possible.

Siam Park includes Thai theming on all of its rides, park buildings, and restaurants. The park's 25 buildings are the largest collection of Thai-themed buildings outside Thailand. The park's designer, Christoph Kiessling, received permission from the Thai royal family to use the park's name and theme; but, to respect the family's wishes, he did not copy royal palaces, temples, or statues of Buddha in the park.

In addition, the restaurants serve Thai food as well as family favorites. The park also has a Thai floating market.

Rides[edit]

  • Volcano: a four-person ProSlide Behemoth Bowl slide with a laser inside which produces a flashing image of a dragon
  • The Dragon: a ProSlide Tornado with a light show inside the 20-meter (66 ft)-wide funnel.
  • Wave Palace: a wave pool manufactured by Murphys Waves Ltd in Scotland with an artificial white sand beach. At 3.3 meters (11 ft) high, its waves are the highest of any wave pool in the World. The park's surfing school will give surfing lessons at the Wave Palace.
  • Naga Racer: a six-lane racing slide
  • The Giant: twin ProSlide Cannon Bowls, one moving clockwise and one moving counterclockwise
  • Tower of Power: a vertical, transparent slide which sends riders through an area with sharks and stingrays.
  • Mai Thai River: the world's longest lazy river, which also has the highest elevation of any lazy river at 8 meters (26 ft).
  • Jungle Snakes: four twisting slides which follow the park's terrain
  • Lost City: a children's play structure with 120 games
  • Mekong Rapids: a river rapids ride
  • Kinnaree: A new four-person 200-meter (660 ft) long ProSlide for 2012.
  • Singha: 2015 opened water slide with four funnels, with a speed of 18 meters per second

Technical information[edit]

The park is built on a hill, which permits the slides to follow the park's terrain similar to terrain roller coasters. Hence, they lack the prominent support structure present in most water slides.

Siam Park is the world's first green water park. The park's water is heated to 25 °C (77 °F). Keissling calls Siam Park the "first air conditioned outdoor aquatic park in the world". To conserve the island's water, Siam Park has a desalination plant on site, which desalinates 700 cubic meters (25,000 cu ft) of sea water per day. After the water is used in the rides, the park recycles the water by using it to water the park's plants. In addition, Siam Park has the first natural gas plant in the Canary Islands.

Records[edit]

The park has 7 world records:

  • The statue of the world's largest dragon.
  • Increased elevation within the lazy river (up to 8 meters (26 ft)).
  • The largest man-made wave in the world (about 3.3 meters (11 ft)).
  • Increased diversity in slides.
  • The world's largest Thai building outside Asia.
  • The world's first green waterpark
  • 2015 Travellers' Choice Winner Tripadvisor: World's best waterpark[3]

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Coordinates: 28°04′18″N 16°43′36″W / 28.071764°N 16.726573°W / 28.071764; -16.726573