Ramayana Water Park representatives and investors held an official signing ceremony on April 8 with their partners from WhiteWater West Industries of Canada at the Inter Continental Hotel Bangkok to announce the construction of a new 900 million baht state of the art water-park in Pattaya.
WhiteWater West Industries, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of waterslides and water park equipment, has completed over 4,000 projects worldwide for clients including Disney, SeaWorld and Atlantis Resorts. The partnership should guarantee that this will be a world class water-park.
Chumpol Silapa-archa, the Minister Of Tourism & Sports, center, along with Ramayana Water Park and WhiteWater West Industries representatives shake hands at a press conference held April 8 at the Inter Continental Hotel in Bangkok to announce development plans for the water-park project.
This new water-park promises to offer an exciting new experience to not only local residents but also international tourists to the city. The Thai Minister of Tourism and Sports, Chumpol Silapa-archa, attended the signing ceremony along with the Governor of Chonburi Province, Wichit Chartphaisit, Mayor of Pattaya, Ittipol Khunpluem, and Sornchai Thongyangyuen, the Chief Executive of the SAO Najomtien where the project will be developed.
Kasikorn Bank, the largest credit institution in Thailand and the Board of Investment in Thailand (BOI) also had representatives at this event, raising their strong interest in the water-park project.
Stage 1 of the Ramayana Water Park development will be designed and built on approximately 160,000sqm of land. The water-park will offer the latest industry-leading thrills and family rides available on the market today, including Asia’s first ever Viper family ride and the award-winning AquaLoop, being the world’s only vertically looping waterslide. This first of its kind ride drops riders vertically with thrilling g-force then performs a 360 degree complete vertical loop.
The water-park will also feature Dueling Master Blasters, where friends can race each other on triple tubes while racing up and down hills on specially designed water rollercoasters.
The park will be constructed on 160,000sqm of land in Najomtien and feature more than 50 state of the art rides and attractions.
To ensure that the water park is built and operated to the highest standards of safety and service, Alan Mahony, the Managing Director of MAHONYdmc has been appointed to oversee the project design, construction & operations. Mr. Mahony has been involved with some of Asia’s and the world’s leading water parks, including Chimelong Water Park and the Beijing Watercube Water Park, both in China.
“This is a very exciting market which includes both the Bangkok market and Chonburi tourism market. It has been very important during our initial stages to closely study these markets to have an understanding of exactly how we need to develop and design the water-park,” Mahony explained.
“We have worked very closely with WhiteWater West and have looked closely at water parks within Asia that deal with similar tourist markets, as well as water parks that deal with large local urban markets. We have selected not only the most popular thrill rides but also have dedicated a large portion of the water-park to family and children attractions, including a giant themed AquaPlay structure and a mini Abyss, for children to enjoy.
“The water park will be themed along the storyline of Ramayana and will feature a native landscape. It will also feature shaded relaxation areas, special VIP Sala’s that can be rented for the day, plus a large range of local and international cuisine.”
Ramayana Water Park, located on Na Jomtien, plans to become South East Asia’s leading water park and is scheduled to open in late 2012.