3 Thai water parks among Asia's best

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Three Thai water parks have been listed among the Top 10 in Asia in travel website TripAdvisor's 2017 Travellers' Choice awards.

Ramayana Water Park in Pattaya took third spot among the 10 and Black Mountain Water Park in Hua Hin sixth spot. Also in Pattaya, Cartoon Network Amazone is making a splash and was named the seventh-most popular water park in Asia.

"I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to these three parks in Thailand for winning positive reviews from travellers from around the world," says Tourism Authority Governor Yuthasak Supasorn.

"These awards certainly help to further strengthen the image of Thailand as a family-friendly destination."

The award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of user reviews and ratings posted around the world in the past 12 months.

TripAdvisor users praised Ramayana Water Park for its "beautifully clean water" and "excellent rides" and called Black Mountain "safe", "family-friendly" and "a great day out". Cartoon Network Amazone was hailed as "state-of-the-art" with both "simple and daredevil" slides.

Ramayana opened in May last year and covers 100 rai (160,000 square metres), making it one of the largest water parks in Southeast Asia. It boasts 21 rides and more than 50 other attractions, including two children's zones, a "lazy river" and a floating market.

It's 20 kilometres south of Pattaya, close to Khao Chi Chan, known for its giant Buddha etched into the side of a mountain, and next to Silverlake Vineyard.

Black Mountain, which opened in 2011, covers 40,000 square metres. It's got a 17-metre-high tower from which nine different water slides radiate, plus a spectacular wave pool, a lazy river, a beach-infinity pool and children's pool.

It's about 15 minutes from Hua Hin town centre.

Cartoon Network Amazone is the world's first Cartoon Network-theme water park. Opened in 2014, it features 10 entertainment zones and more than 150 water attractions. It's in Bang Saray, about 20 minutes' drive south of Pattaya.