Dam Sen Water Park is located on Hoa Binh in Ward 3, District 11. It is closer to the heart of Ho Chi Minh City than people often think and makes for a great day out. Travelling out of the centre through Districts 3 and 10 and the park is prominent in front of you. It is a popular place especially with the locals and at times is very busy, especially at weekends, when coach parties arrive from all over the south of Vietnam.
The park consists of a large lake surrounded by beautiful gardens and filled with waterslides and fun rides for all the family. There’s enough to keep people occupied with over 30 rides, a 3000 square metre pool with a wave-making machine. Some of the slides here are really large, though there are also smaller ones for the younger children.
It is an oasis in the midst of all the chaotic traffic of the city. It opened in 1999 and is operated jointly by Phu Tho Tourist Service Limited Company and Viet A Bank. There are many diverse food vendors providing some great al fresco dining opportunities.
The whole park covers an area of over 125 acres. It has 30 different zones including: an electronic games zone; a folk tales theatre; an antique castle; Nam Tu royal garden; a water palace; the sea life centre, a subaquatic puppet theatre and even an ancient pagoda. There is a 22 metre high rock garden with waterfalls.
The tropical garden here is home to 70 species of birds and 20 of animals. There is a 2 kilometre long monorail running 5 metres above ground throughout the park. In 2005 a half million dollar water display was built. It features musical performances on a specially designed stage featuring fountains and laser lights. Films are projected onto a 28-meter-high screen of water. This was based on the one on Sentosa Island, Singapore.