The charm of wooden coasters comes to Vietnam28 February 2022
/ This month, the nation’s first woodie came into operation in a park on the island of Phu Quoc, in southern Vietnam /
Dense forests, unspoiled nature, crystal clear seas, wonderful beaches and pure relaxation… paradise? No, it’s Phu Quoc, the droplet-shaped island that is part of Vietnam, albeit geographically closer to Cambodia. About 50km long, 70% of its area is covered by forests, and surrounded by sandy beaches on the Pacific Ocean, known as “the last great virgin beaches in Asia.”
If until recently this island was known above all for its pepper plantations, in recent years it has seen a boom in tourist development, with the creation of various resorts that fortunately (at least until now) have respected this paradise. And the idea among investors and the Vietnamese government is to make it one of the most sought-after tourist destinations (not only nationally), in competition with the Thai island of Koh Samui, on the other side of the Gulf of Thailand.
The tourist offering obviously goes hand in hand with the entertainment and leisure offerings, and on the southern tip of Phu Quoc, in 2018 the Sun World Hon Thom Nature Park was opened. In addition to fine white sandy beaches and enchanting nature, its attractions include the longest cable car in the world (almost 8km), the Aquatopia water park and live shows. Recently a wooden rollercoaster has also been installed, the first ever in the country.
Designed and engineered by Florida-based Skyline Attractions and manufactured by Pennsylvania-based Great Coasters International, Roaring Timbers takes riders on an adrenaline-pumping ride reaching a height of 32.4m and a maximum speed of 80kmph. The 890m long track around the tropical hillside terrain features 14 hills and 14 exciting crossovers.
“Roaring Timbers represents the first of…
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