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An 88 year old man braves the “Tower of Power”

Posted by dolly diver on June 15, 2009
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On the 11th of June, Eduar Pommer from Cologne, Germany beat the record as the eldest person to ride the terrifying Tower of Power.

Eduard Pommer, an 88 year old man went down the incredible 28m high and 76m long slide. Riders can reach up to 50 km/h down the Tower of power giving you a 0 gravity sensation before you pass through the giant aquarium with tropical fishes and piranhas, ending in the reception pool within seconds.

Whoever dares to beat this record or is just after an adrenaline rush, the Tower of Power is this summer´s choice.

Siam Park is extending its opening hours.

Posted by dolly diver on April 27, 2009
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 	mai-thai-river-tubeAs from the 30th of March Siam Park will be open from 10:00 to 18:00 daily. With the arrival of spring you can now enjoy an extra hour of sunshine and therefore Siam Park is offering all their customers more time to have fun in the best water attractions in the World or relax on the white sandy beach. This way the company continues to offer its best service to all its visitors.

Siam Park has reached its sixth month of being open. During this time the park has received many visitors and journalist from all over the world that have helped to promote Tenerife as the number one leisure destination in Europe offering world class attractions with Loro Parque, Teide and the newly opened Siam Park. The company is immersed in the summer activity program that will bring oriental magic, emotions, adrenaline and love for nature to all.

More information at Siam Park

Life Guard School at Siam Park

Posted by dolly diver on February 17, 2009
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 	life-guard-at-siam-parkAs a result of the huge demands from hotels requiring life guards an official life guard school has been opened at Siam Park.

The first course will start on 2nd March 2009

For further information and interviews contact the press department, contact details below.

María Feduchi
Dpto. Prensa y comunicación
Tel: +34 822 070 000 Ext: 416
Fax: +34 822 072 102
Nuevo móv.: 689 990 063
E-mail: info@siampark.net

Enjoy warm waters during winter at Siam Park

Posted by dolly diver on December 12, 2008
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 	mai-thai-river-tube(Press release from Siam Park) A day full of adventure and fun at the new Siam Park is possible in the winter as well as the summer. Loro Parque group keeps working for the improvement of its parks quality and the comfort of their visitors launching Siam Park´s water heating system. At 24 º Celsius visitors will enjoy the newly open attractions despite low temperatures, enjoying sunbathing at Siam’s white sand beach and taking pleasure in a tasty meal contemplating the wonderful views of the Wave Palace. Water is heated by the only natural gas plant of the island which keeps the water warm and reaches the company’s genuine concern for the protection the environment.

Siam Park shows care for the comfort of the whole family in its exclusive adventurous attractions. Its sunny beach, with exotic views of the wave palace and La Gomera Island, the relaxing sensations to be found in the waters of the lazy river also benefit from the 24 º temperatures that provide a warm feeling to all visitors. Water through out the park is constantly renewed to ensure its purity, as well as the health of the swimmers, making them feel just like fish in the water. Once out of the water, swimmers may indulge themselves by relaxing into the expert hands of Siam Park masseuses (at the floating market).

A great chance to enjoy the sun and pleasant temperatures of south Tenerife, surrounded by beauty and adventure, that will make a day at the park one of the most special days of the year.

Siam Park´s first surf clinic

Posted by dolly diver on October 24, 2008
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clayton at Siam Park

Clayton Mark Niennaber, South Africa national coach in France, Brasil and USA championships, give surf lessons for 20 surfers.

There was a surf session organised by Billabong and Siam Park on October 20th. Surfers who wanted to test the Clayton surf boards at Siam Beach received two 40 minute surf sessions of both left and right waves and surf lessons from Clayton Mark Niennaber, the 34 year old who helped 20 surfers from Tenerife develop their surf skills.

His innovative technique has influenced teaching methods, showing both basic and intermediate levels. Surfers took full advantage of every shape and form of the waves especially for the surf session.

The most up-to-date teaching techniques were used and the participants communicated constantly with the instructor by using a helmet equipped with speakers. This way the information given to the surfer by Clayton was immediate whilst the surfer is surfing, so they could correct positions and improve on the spot. Clayton believes in doing the basics well; show students how to read the wave and how the board works. He encourages correct body movement at the proper parts of the wave.

Siam Park produces 42 different types of waves, among them the highest man made wave in the world and available 365 days a year. The Wave Palace is also available for private hire by prior arrangement.

He said “I´ve surfed in a wave pool before in SA but this one was bigger and better. They are definitely getting it right. It was overhead and you could seriously smash the lip. As a training tool it is definitely invaluable, When can I go again?”

A wild,wet day at Siam Park

Posted by dolly diver on September 29, 2008
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Click on video player for a short film of the day (to activate player click on wild, wet day at Siam park)

(Photos are stills from footage – click on pic to enlarge)

Siam Park dragon

Siam Park, the biggest new tourist attraction on Tenerife for years, was finally opened earlier this month after overcoming huge hurdles, missed deadlines and disappointing delays. The opening night, earlier this month could not be missed. So armed with our many bags of camera equipment we collected the press passes and enjoyed the evening. (see original news story here)

On commenting to the staff of the park that by filming late in the day when light levels were low we couldn’t capture the true atmosphere the thrill of the place. So the losgigantes.com team collected passes once again to spend a fun day out at the park.

All the rides in the park are fully open. Our aim was to get work out of the way first so we could then try the rides out for ourselves. Trying to get the crew to concentrate was our first slight snag – they wanted to go to play, but threats of lunch only when filming finished soon whipped them into action. DaRKeTaMiN needed no encouragement to get his clothes off and get into action along with the rest of our thrill seeking guinea pigs, Sam, Danny and Guacci. Read more

Siam Park now open

Posted by dolly diver on September 16, 2008
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Siam Park Was it worth the wait, I asked myself, as we collected our press passes on Monday evening (15th Sept 2008) for the opening of the long awaited Siam Park, the biggest water kingdom in Europe.

There have been lengthy technical delays  which prevented  the park opening earlier this year, but these delays have allowed the vegetation to flourish. 8,500 palm trees have been planted on the previously barren hillside, as well as many exotic plants and cacti.  They are all irrigated by the same desalinated sea water that is used on the slides to avoid depleting the island’s precious reservoirs. The park covers 185,000 square metre and has been under construction for 6 years.

The ribbon was cut by the Princess of Thailand, Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in front of 2000 guests and 180 journalists. We surged through the gate with the flow and stood in awe at the sight before us. The park, a recreation of the old Kingdom of Siam, is absolutely stunning.

There are many  rides, which will appeal to the youngsters who enjoy wild wet fun, and once exhausted there’s the world’s longest Lazy River to relax on.  For the under 10′s there’s a whole Lost City, (pic above) and to complete the park they’ve constructed a long white beach overlooking a surf school where enthusiasts can practice their skills on 3m-high artificial waves. The pièce de résistance, clearly, is the Tower of Power. The only ride you do bareback,(photo below) ie without using an inflatable tube, it drops you 28m down a near-vertical slide, then shoots you through an enclosed pipe in a tank filled with alligators and piranah fish! (Not sure I’m game for that one, but the lazy river sounds good) To our amusement a group of local youngsters had been invited in to try some of the rides for the cameras. They showed off with shrieks and screams as they threw themselves down the slides. Tower of Power

The park is open from 10 am to 6 pm daily. Entrance fee is €28 for adults and €18 for children aged 3 to 11. Residents discounts adults €25 and children €16. There is a special Twin Ticket to cover Loro Parque and Siam Park, this is €49 for adults (€39 residents) and €33 € for kids (€25 residents) , if you book on line its €46 for adults, and €31 for kids.

More photos of the opening night view picture galleries.

To watch the video of the opening night – click video “Siam Park Opening Night” on  Video player

The losgigantes.com team will visit the park very soon to test out the rides. DaRKeTaMiN, our web master has volunteered to try out the Tower of Power!!!! so watch this space for another story and more video footage.

“Sea Lion Island” in Siam Park

Posted by dolly diver on September 1, 2008
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Sea lionsThree female sea lions aged 3, 11 and 21 years old have finally arrived in their new home at Siam Park. It will take several more journeys this week until all 17 sea lions have been moved from Loro Parque to Siam Park, making it one of the most important homes for these mammals in the whole of Spain. The sea lions are transported with great care, using a special vehicle fitted just for them and accompanied by a vet and 5 professionals responsible for their welfare.

The sea lions have quickly acclimatized to their new home which has been designed especially for them and which forms a mini water park where they can relax on the beach and rocks in the sunshine or body surf as they catch the waves made by their own wave. The sea lion pool can be found at the entrance of the park in the plaza. They really set the scene for a day out in Siam Park as they show everyone what a great time can be had playing in and out of the water. The sea lion pool, with a volume of 1,500m2 of sea water, has its own nursery area where mothers will give their babies swimming lessons and an area where the carers can look after animals individually if they need to separate them. The Thai Tea House has a great view across the sea lion pool, where you can grab a coffee or a bite to eat for breakfast before hitting the attractions. Thanks to the great care the sea lions have received in Loro Parque, over the past few years there have been quite a few additions to the family!

The “Zalophus Californian” sea lions weight between 61 and 255kg and can reach up to 2m in length. Their diet is made up for fresh fish which they love, squid and cuttlefish, eating up to 9 kilos a day! They are extremely sociable animals and live in groups in and out of the water. With the female sea lions, their pregnancy can last a year, they only have one baby and have a tendency to give birth in June. The male sea lions are much bigger than the females and can weigh up to 400 kg. All the sea lions in Siam Park are still to reach their mature weight.

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The official opening Ceremony of the long awaited Siam Park will take place on the 15th September 2008. The event will be a reception for invited guests only, hosted by the President of Loro Parque, Wolfgang Kiessling and the Director of Siam Park, Christoph Kiessling. The date of opening to the public has not yet been announced.

The event will be presided over by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn from Thailand and will take place in the grounds of the Park.

Siam Park has received 160 carp fish from Loro Parque. Their new environment is the 1,000 cubic metres of water of the Floating Market.

 	cyprinus-carpio

Known as common carp, (Cyprinus carpio), they are fresh water fish and relatives of the golden carp. They have been transported in special tanks accompanied by a biologist who took care of placing the fish in their new home in a process that took 5 hours. He will later follow up to make sure the fish have settled into the new surroundings.

Their diet is mostly aquatic plants and they can reach up to 1.2m long and 40kg in weight, although the average is generally 60-90 cm long and around 9 kg. The carp fish are thought to bring good luck and they can live to be up to 50 years old.

Floating Market carp-pondAll the buildings of the Floating Market were designed by professor Ruetai and they really are authentic as the materials have been shipped over from Thailand. The houses come from an area about an hour and a half outside of Bangkok called Ayutaya and along with them also came carpenters who worked on the materials using all of their local skills and knowledge to make the village as it is today with all of the details crafted by hand.

The Floating Market of Siam Park is the biggest representation of Siamese architecture outside of Asia and it houses the changing rooms, lockers and coffee bar, transporting its visitors to faraway lands.

More information at www.siampark.net

Siam Park – Press release

Posted by dolly diver on July 8, 2008
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Jungle Snake, adventure in the Siam Park jungle.

Siam Park is getting ready to open in 2008 and currently we are working on the final phases of decoration and technical trials. The park offers brand new and innovative attractions as well as the classical water rides that all have a special Siam touch.

Siam Park jungle-snakesThe Jungle Snake is one of the rides that’s ready for everyone to enjoy. This attraction twists and turns in a jungle setting and can be enjoyed by the whole family. It can be ridden in individual or double tubes and as you plunge down on a thin film of water you slide through an amazing adventure. Each of the slides inside the Jungle Snake offers a different ride through open air sections with great views and other sections that are enclosed and in total darkness. The slide is designed to look like entwined snakes that are hidden amongst the lush greenery so that riders are not sure where the journey will take them and this really adds to the sense of mystery and adventure they will experience.

A key part of the design is to make sure that the attraction harmonizes with the setting and so the slides are set on a slope covered with plants, bushes and trees that camouflage the structure underneath. The height requirement is 1.25m and will be loved by all ages. It will without doubt be an experience they won’t forget. Siam Park is currently updating it’s website to include the latest news about the park www.siampark.net