Location and history
Several years ago, this was an uninhabited land which had a natural stream flowing across endemic forest and natural scenery. The name “Suoi Tien” (Fairy Stream) derived from a story about 7 sacred girls died and became fairies in this land. Later the land was turned into a forestry farm before being developed into what we see today – the biggest cultural theme park of Ho Chi Minh City.
Suoi Tien theme park situated in District 9, a suburban district of Ho Chi Minh city. It takes 45 minutes to get to Suoi Tien theme park from downtown of Saigon but the journey is worthwhile.
If you prefer travelling by bus, takes bus 19, 53 from Ben Thanh Market or bus 8, 30, 50, 150 and it will transport you in front of Suoi Tien gate. And for going back to the city center, cross the street by the overpass on the left of the park and board bus 19, 53 again.
If you aren’t familiar with the transportation in Ho Chi Minh city, read Transportation guide in Ho Chi Minh city for more information.
A theme park of Vietnamese culture
Suoi Tien is the biggest theme parks in Ho Chi Minh City and offers plenty of world class entertainment facilities.
It’s no wonder that Vietnamese culture is the main theme of Suoi Tien entertainment. The park is famous for its Oriental architecture, with the concept based on oriental beliefs. This concept is shown by all the statues, buildings and games in the park. They symbolise the wish for peace, happiness and wealth.
Some are constructed according to long-standing Vietnamese legends like Thanh Giong, Lac Long Quan – Au Co, and Chu Dong Tu – Tien Dung. It is the folks and tales twisted into a physical work and embedded all throughout the park that make it stand out.
Tourists visiting Suoi Tien can learn about legendary history of Vietnamese people. What’s more, cultural festivals are periodically held within the site, when interesting Vietnamese traditional activities and features are there for visitors to enjoy, such as in the occasions of Lunar New Year, Mid-Autumn Festival and Hung King Anniversary. It is no exaggeration that the park is a museum itself.
The theme for the whole park is Buddhism, the predominant religion here in Vietnam. A giant golden dragon is the first thing you see as you go in and it sets the scene.
As you explore a bit deeper, you’ll find gardens full of Buddhas, a lake with a statue of a turtle supporting the world – and, of course temples. Some of these temples are what you might expect and follow the traditional model. Incense is burning and people are praying.
The best amusement park in Ho Chi Minh city
In Vietnam, there is no Disney. When you want to head to the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’, your best option is the Suoi Tien Theme Park, on the fringes of Ho Chi Minh City. It is a burst of fun, terror, humour and angst – all at once.
Suoi Tien Cultural Amusement Park attracts travelling families looking to enjoy a fun-filled day in Ho Chi Minh City. This Buddhist-themed attraction is fitted with colourful statues of mythical creatures such as dragons, tortoises and phoenixes, as well as edifices and shrines of Buddha.
As an amusement park, Suoi Tien offers numerous kinds of game, from scary, thrilling to adventurous ones such as: Mystery of the Forest, 4D Theatre, Roller Coaster and Air Bycicle. No one would be disappointed when come to this recreational area, especially children, as there’s a specific area called The Children Kingdom.
This place has a lot of funny and attractive games from superman electric car, children train to ball house. The staff are often dressed as golden monkeys, entertaining young visitors with impressive tricks and performances.
The water park area has lazy rivers where you can ride on boats shaped like turtles and dogs, as well as water slides that emerge from the mouths or beards of gigantic Buddhist sages. There’s also a big farm housing over 1,000 crocodiles, which visitors are allowed to feed using raw meat attached to fishing poles.
Alternatively, older visitors can attempt the underground attraction called the Unicorn Palace. Despite the name, it’s actually a walk-through tunnel that houses gory displays of the nine levels of Hell (according to Buddhist beliefs), such as humans getting ripped apart, eaten by various animals and dumped into boiling vats.
Locals often flock to this popular theme park to light incenses at the numerous prayer halls within the premise, especially during special festivities, so it’s also a good place to experience the Buddhist rituals during your visit. The park opens daily from 8AM to 6PM. On weekends, it closes a little bit later, at 6:30 PM. On special occasions like national holidays, it closes at 11PM.
The entrance fee is VND 50,000 for adult and a half for kids. Extra cost varies from VND 5,000 to VND 60,000, depending on each game.
Address: 120 AH1, Tan Phu, District 9, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: +84 83 896 0260