Soak Up the Fun in Malaysia

Have a splashing good time at the best of Johor’s water theme parks with Somerset Puteri Harbour Nusajaya’s Human Resources Executive, Muhammad Raihan Bin Mohaidin

Issue: May 2015

When the sun is up, cool off by taking a trip to one of the many water parks in Johor
When the sun is up, cool off by taking a trip to one of the many water parks in Johor

Starting from April to as late as October, weather in Southeast Asia goes from hot to scorching hot. Having lived in Malaysia all my life, I have had my fair share of sweating it out in the heat. On the plus side, sunny days far outnumber rainy ones so your outdoor fun will not be dampened.

The Somerset Puteri Harbour infinity pool sits on its rooftop, providing a spectacular view of the harbour nearby
The Somerset Puteri Harbour infinity pool sits on its rooftop, providing a spectacular view of the harbour nearby

Malaysians have taken full advantage of its location in the tropics by creating many attractions that encourage locals and visitors to enjoy the great outdoors. At Somerset Puteri Harbour Nusajaya, for example, we have an infinity pool on our rooftop that overlooks the harbour. The best time to take a dip is in the early morning when you can enjoy the sunrise over the quay. It is quite a spectacular sight.

I taught myself to swim when I was nine and would go to a lake near my house with my friends after school almost everyday
I taught myself to swim when I was nine and would go to a lake near my house with my friends after school almost everyday

In the state of Johor, we also have several water theme parks that promise loads of the fun in the sun. I have singled out a few of my favourites, so dive in with me for a splashing good time.

Built for a Wet and Wild Time

The LEGOLAND® Water Park has more than 20 attractions and 70 LEGO® models. Get an early start so you can take in all of them
The LEGOLAND® Water Park has more than 20 attractions and 70 LEGO® models. Get an early start so you can take in all of them
Photo credit: LEGOLAND® Malaysia

When LEGOLAND® Malaysia opened in Nusajaya, Johor in 2012, it became the first Legoland theme park in Asia. Thousands thronged its gates to get to its over 40 rides, shows and attractions. When it introduced LEGOLAND® Water Park the next year, the number of visitors swelled. When the mercury level rises, who can resist swooshing down water slides and sloshing about water-based play areas?

LEGOLAND® Malaysia is just 10 minutes away from Somerset Puteri Harbour and we have a shuttle bus that takes you there directly. Start off early as there are more than 20 attractions and 70 LEGO® models to enjoy. The park is opened till 6pm. My advice is to devote an entire day to water play and return the following day to slowly appreciate the models.

Build-A-Raft River adds a twist to the usual leisurely ride down a man-made river by allowing you to customise your raft with giant floating LEGO® bricks
Build-A-Raft River adds a twist to the usual leisurely ride down a man-made river by allowing you to customise your raft with giant floating LEGO® bricks
Photo credit: LEGOLAND® Malaysia

Ease into the excitement at Build-A-Raft River. Floating lazily down a man-made river on giant ring floats is something most water parks offer. This one adds a twist by letting you customise your ride with huge floating LEGO® bricks.

Brick Blaster is the mildest of the water slides and allows three in a tube so you have someone to hold your hand
Brick Blaster is the mildest of the water slides and allows three in a tube so you have someone to hold your hand
Photo credit: LEGOLAND® Malaysia

For the moderate thrill-seeker, family slides abound. Brick Blaster is the mildest of the lot and allows three in a tube so you have someone to hold your hand. Splash ‘N’ Swirl, as its name suggests, will have you spinning all the way down. I found Wave Rider and Tidal Tube, both 240 feet long, the most challenging. Interestingly, the closed body Tidal Tube was scarier than the open body Wave Rider because I could not quite anticipate the twists and turns.

Try out the 312-foot-long Red Rush and scream your way down with five other people in the tube
Try out the 312-foot-long Red Rush and scream your way down with five other people in the tube
Photo credit: LEGOLAND® Malaysia

Once you have gotten your feet wet, take on the 312-foot-long Red Rush. The tube takes up to six people so you won’t have to scream alone. Twin Chasers, which features two enclosed tubes, and LEGO® Slide Racers, which lets five people race each other, appeal to those who love competition.

A massive water playground, Joker Soaker is filled with structures, slides, wade pools, water cannons and the obligatory huge water bucket that dumps hundreds of gallons of water
A massive water playground, Joker Soaker is filled with structures, slides, wade pools, water cannons and the obligatory huge water bucket that dumps hundreds of gallons of water
Photo credit: LEGOLAND® Malaysia

Kids and the young at heart will like the Joker Soaker, a massive water playground filled with structures, slides, wade pools, water cannons and the obligatory huge water bucket that dumps hundreds of gallons of water. The DUPLO Splash Safari is the tamer version for tiny tots. Finally, end the day at the LEGO Wave Pool and let the lolling waves lull your frayed nerves after a day of excitement.

Other Attractions Creating Waves

Let five animatronic dinosaurs entertain you at the Jurassic-themed water park, Dinosaur Alive Water Theme Park
Let five animatronic dinosaurs entertain you at the Jurassic-themed water park, Dinosaur Alive Water Theme Park
Photo credit: KSL Resort

If you want to mix shopping with water play, Dinosaur Alive Water Theme Park, about a 25-minute car ride away from Somerset Puteri Harbour, is what you are looking for. This water park features five animatronic dinosaurs fitted with motion sensors that make them move when people go near them. Apart from reacting to movement, the 85-foot long Brachiosaurus spits out water when you approach it. There are also water slides and a wading pool that will keep the under- 12s intrigued.

Watch the sunset from Puteri Harbour, a 3-minute walk from Somerset Puteri Harbour
Watch the sunset from Puteri Harbour, a 3-minute walk from Somerset Puteri Harbour

End your day at Puteri Harbour, a 3-minute walk from the serviced residence. The waterfront development is the place to go to for marine activities and water sports but it also offers a good selection of restaurants to choose from. Have a quiet drink as you wind down and enjoy the cooling sea breeze. There are few pleasures in life more relaxing than this.

The weather man is predicting soaring temperatures this month. But you don’t have to suffer the sweltering heat. Come visit us at Somerset Puteri Harbour and soak up the fun Malaysia has to offer while staying cool.

Stay with us:

Somerset Puteri Harbour Nusajaya
Persiaran Puteri Selatan,
Puteri Harbour
79000 Nusajaya
Johor Darul Ta’zim
Malaysia
Tel: (60) 7 287 1088
Fax: (60) 7 287 1087
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