Sunway Lagoon Theme Park

Not too far from Kuala Lumpur, Sunway Lagoon provides a great day out for all age groups. There are a lot of activities here, including many great water slides.

Malaysia is not known for its world class theme parks or resorts, but nowadays in addition to Sunway Lagoon we have LEGOLAND Malaysia down in Johor, as well as Genting Highlands Resort. Generally, I would recommend Malaysians to make the journey over the border to Singapore to experience the wonders of Universal Studios Singapore (USS), which I happen to believe is one of the best theme parks in Asia.

Official Park Map 2014 (click for larger version)
Official Park Map 2014 (click for larger version)

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My journey to Sunway Lagoon was very difficult, as the infamous Malaysian weather thwarted my attempts a few times. I find that in the afternoon, the worst of the rain falls in Malaysia (and Singapore). After spending a morning in KLCC Park and then having a look around Merdeka Square, I got a taxi from Traders Hotel to Sunway Lagoon. However, my taxi ride, which I was informed should only take 20 minutes, actually lasted nearly an hour due to bad traffic conditions. I would recommend leaving yourself plenty of time to get there and back if you are travelling by road. I’m not sure if it is totally worth it to come to Sunway Lagoon by arriving at Subang Jaya KTM Station by train; I find trains in KL very unreliable and more than a little dirty, but at least it’s another option if you want to avoid the roads!

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The great thing about Sunway Lagoon is that it has a theme park and a water park combined as one area (plus a few other areas, such as kids’ petting zoo and a “scare zone”). There are very few other parks in Asia that combine these facilities so effortlessly, although Everland in Seoul springs to mind as another good example.

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Although I mainly came to Sunway Lagoon for the water park section, I still was quite curious as to what was going on the Extreme Park and the Scare Park. With not much more than bungee jumping and paintballing on offer, I was not that impressed with these areas – though much like Halloween Horror Nights at USS, Sunway Lagoon has its own seasonal spooky spectacular at the Scare Park, namely “Nights of Fright: Festival of Fear”. This is now the second year for such a festival at Halloween here at Sunway Lagoon.

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As you would expect in Malaysia, the weather is hot and humid and that is why coming to a water park every now and then is a favourite pastime of mine when in the country. Although the rain can spoil the fun (pools and slides are routinely closed during inclement weather), most of the time you get great value for money at Sunway Lagoon, and as such it is a great place not only for young families, but also for small groups of teenagers, which surprised me a little. Still, it was good to see everyone enjoying themselves.

Sunway Lagoon is open from 10am-6pm each day of the year, and I paid RM120 for a single adult ticket, which is very good value seeing as you can access all parks with this single admission (pay per ride attractions, such as go karts and bungee jumping will cost an additional fee of you want to experience them).

Get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown KL
Get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown KL

I find that when travellers come to Kuala Lumpur, they do not intend to stay for too long. In this case, perhaps a trip outside of the city to Sunway Lagoon may not be the best option. However, for longer stays in the Malaysian capital, it is always good to check out possible day trips, and after your trek in Taman Negara, and avoiding those pesky monkeys at the Batu Caves, the next best day trip from KL would certainly be Sunway Lagoon! So go on – have a splash!

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