13.03.2011 31 °C
Who would have thought that a day at an amusement park would required substantial amounts of pain-killers. Not as a result of the screeming children, but from the rides themselves! Diana and I spent the day at Vinpearl amusement park, located on a small island just off the coast of Nha Trang easily accessed by a 15min gondola ride. It wasn't exactly Disneyland but for Vietnam the place did pretty well.
Interestingly enough, only a few rides in Vinpearl would run at the same time, then after a half-hour another set of rides would start and so on. Diana and I assume its either because there's only so much power available at one time to the island or its the slow season and they're conserving energy. Whatever the case may be, it was a little annoying having to wait, but in all fairness the lines were very short.
It was a gorgeous day and we spent most of our time at the waterpark. Little did we know....this is where our need for pain medication begins. The waterslides we unknowingly tortured ourselves on would not be legal anywhere else but here. Lets start with the Tsunami, the names themselves should have given us all the warning we needed, and why we didn't watch someone go down first, I have no idea.
Anyways, so there we are, smiles and all unknowingly about to embark on 15 secs of complete terror resulting in agonising neck pain. The slide was so steep you couldn't even see the bottom from the drop off over 20 feet above....again that should have been a warning Getting on our two-person tube we slowly inched forward to nothingness. And then, before we knew it we dropped so fast our necks snapped back and we were quickly racing up the opposite side. (this slide resembles a half-pipe in a skateboard park...but steeper!) and foolishly I did this one handed so I could get video of it. Ha ....oh I got video all right and I can't wait for you to see it! We didn't do that ride again but enjoyed watching others...so evil.
Continuing on....because we apparently paid for this experience and wanted to get our full money's worth, we tried the waterslide called 'Space Ball.' Sounds harmless, just a tunneled slide that ends in a cyclone shaped container that spits you out the bottom into a waterpool. So we're at the top and the guy is instructing us in very few words how we should lay. In my head I'm like 'well of course you lay like that' (legs crossed arms, behind head...to increase momentum) but that was NOT why we were instructed to lay like that and we soon found out why. So you're sliding along quiet pleasantly, its dark, but not too dark, pretty fun actually. Until the gentle turns stop and the vertical decent begins picking up some serious speed. And just when you've reached the highest speed possible you're slammed into the cyclone, where if you're not holding your head properly the G-force causes it to bang the bottom of the slide...HARD just before you fall into the waterpool. To top it off I did this one twice because I pressed the wrong button on my camera missing out on the video the first time. In doing so, the slide ripped an nice hole in my bikini bottoms....ha (good thing it was only my $10 special)
From there the rides were reletively tame and we had a ton of laughs. We spent the afternoon relaxing on the beach and the evening watching a watershow with lights and music, it was pretty impressive. It was a long, fun-filled day, and tomorrow we'll be relaxing on the beach because of it.