Did you know Malaysia has some of Asia’s most epic theme parks?

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Sunway Lagoon is one of Malaysia’s best loved theme parks. Source: @sunwaylagoonmalaysia / Instagram

NO MATTER your age, theme parks are exciting. Anticipating the giddy feeling of adrenaline rushing through your veins is sure to transport you back to a childlike state of eagerness to get through the turnstiles and into a themed land of fun.

Everybody knows of Disneyland (unless they grew up in a cupboard) and some know the little colorful brick-themed world that is Legoland, as well as SeaWorld and Madame Tussauds, but would you be surprised to learn that Malaysia has some seriously epic but lesser-known theme parks?

Staggeringly cheaper than the big parks, shorter queues, but still just as much fun to be had, here are five of Malaysia’s impressive theme parks suitable for a family day out and to get your adult dose of child-like fun.

Sunway Lagoon

If you’re from Malaysia, you’ve probably heard of this multi-award winning theme park. Since it’s opening in 1993 it has been loved by thrillseekers from all over. It is easily accessible from multiple highways and close to major transportation hubs.

The park is separated into six brilliantly themed sections: Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon, Water Park, Wildlife Park, Scream Park, Extreme Park, and Amusement Park. One ticket will gain you access to all parts, so nobody has to miss out on what they came for.

The iconic red and yellow Vuvuzela vortex ride can be seen as you approach the park. It may have a slightly longer wait time, but it’s worth it!

Address: 3, Jalan PJS 11/11, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (10am-6pm)
Duration: Around four hours

Lost World of Tambun

Located further North on Malaysia’s peninsular, fun-enthusiasts can find the ancient-themed world of Tambun, in the city of Ipoh.

Here, guests can find explorer-themed rides and dip in and out of natural hot springs as well as pet adorable animals in the petting zoo.

Address: 1, Persiaran Lagun Sunway, Sunway City, 31550 Ipoh, Perak
Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday-Sunday (11am-11pm), Closed on Tuesday
Duration: Around four hours

Escape

Escape is an epic, multi-sectioned theme park. Located on the idyllic island of Penang, it has national and global acclaim.

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There are plenty of rides in this park, from giant water flumes and twisting slides to highwire rope courses which entails climbing up, down and across nets, scaling towers and zip-wiring down at the end. It’s not for the faint-hearted.

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Address: 828, Jalan Teluk Bahang, Teluk Bahang 11050, Teluk Bahang, Pulau Pinang
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday (10am-6pm), Closed on Monday
Duration: Around six hours

A’Farmosa Resort

The theme park is located in the scenic southern city of Malacca, and like the others on the list, it has national recognition. The resort is encompassed by lush countryside as well as the ocean, so it’s an ideal place to bring a family of explorers.

The attractions at the theme park include a curly wurly vortex waterslide, Old Wild West, and Safari Wonderlands.

The resort also conveniently has hotel rooms on offer as part of a package so you can let the kids run off and have fun, while you have a much-deserved lay-in.

Address: Jalan Kemus, Simpang Empat, 78000 Alor Gajah, Malacca
Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday-Friday (11am-7pm), Saturday-Sunday (9am-7pm), Closed on Tuesday
Duration: Around four hours

20th Century Fox World

Due to open later this year, but more likely 2019, is the highly-anticipated 20th Century Fox World. The park is building 25 different attractions and rides, based on blockbuster films such as TitanicAlien vs. Predator, Ice Age, Planet of the Apes, Life of Pi, Night at the Museum, and all your other favorites.

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We’ll probably see you in the line on its opening day!

Address: Genting Highlands Resort, Genting Highlands 69000, Malaysia