The best way to kick off the start of a 3-week holiday from work?? ...A day at the Dam Sen water park! Located in District 11... the park is still very much in the city, yet once you are inside it feels like a retreat far away.
For all my fellow WaterWorlders in Denver, CO - you must come to Vietnam so we can have a day at Dam Sen! :P ...there are even many of the same rides... Boomerang, Turbo Racer, Storm, (of course) the Lazy River... AND there's a zipline!
And having an entrance fee of less than $6 USD makes all the more fun! Careful though, they are very strict with their rules... no denim, no khaki, no shirts, and no zippers on back pockets. We got stopped a few times... D'Oh!
Before heading out to Dam Sen - Nick, Jen, and the music teacher at the middle school - Kevin, and I all met up at the new L'Usine on Le Loi St. We had a delicious lunch and finished with deeelicious cupcakes!
We took a cab... Kevin followed along on his motorbike since he lives out that way. The taxi driver noticed we had a friend tagging along and was very sweet... waiting and honking when Kevin almost missed a last-minute turn we made.
I was going to take photos in/around the park... but my camera decided to stop working after the photo below. D'Oh! ...Less than 24 hours later, I've already purchased a new Canon Powershot... I actually found a true Canon reseller in the city... and wanted to just get it taken care of before departing for New Zealand in two days.
HUUUUGE dragons made out of CDs lined the entrance! There is also an amusement park in the same area as the water park. ...Talk about a day 'o fun!